Complete Your ASYE!
Being a Social Worker is such a challenging career to undertake. Long hours, constant paperwork, lack of resources and some pretty emotive issues to deal with on a daily basis. However, it is also one of the most rewarding careers you could choose to embark upon. Working closely with a vulnerable child or adult, for whatever reason and seeing your input and intervention result in positive change is a fantastic feeling.
Just to qualify as a social worker, you must go through years of studying, learning legislation, training and active placements to prepare you for what the world of social care is about to throw at you. The final part of your training is now the ASYE program.
The ASYE program has been in place since 2012 and is designed to protect Newly Qualified Social Workers for the first year of their working lives. A protected case load, more frequent supervision and a dedicated tutor/mentor to shadow and learn from on the job. At the end of your ASYE you gain a certificate and you are finally free to spread wings and move forward with a normal case load and work more independently.
What has changed?
Over the last 12 months we have seen a dramatic increase in Qualified Social Workers calling us because they have quit their ASYE half way through because the above principles were not in place and the work was getting too much. The major problem with this, is that it leaves the Social Worker effectively back at square one as they will need to complete their ASYE to move forward with their career.
There are some local authorities that will take you on a permanent basis with most of your program complete, but you will need a positive reference from your employer to make that move. So many people are now looking at moving into Family Support positions, rather than being able to continue with the career they studied and worked so hard for.
Working in Social Services is a really hard job, especially within Children’s services at present, but the best advice we can give to ASYE Social Workers is, stick at it. Do your very best to see through the ASYE program to its completion; then if you are unhappy with your current role, you will be in a much better position to find new employment easily.
If you want any advice from our expert team, contact us on 01635 226 350, for an impartial and confidential conversation.
Jamie Trick - Director