Early Professional Development pilot programme (first cohort 2009 to 2011): final evaluation report

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Author: Blewett, James; Carpenter, John; Haines, Carole; McLaughlin, Hugh; Patsios, Demi; Platt, Dendy; Scholar, Helen; Shardlow, Steven; Wong, Carmen; Wood, Marsha

Abstract:

The Early Professional Development (EPD) programme was launched by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) in September 2009 following consultation with employers and staff from 45 organisations in England which provided child and family social work services. It was planned to build on the Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) programme by enabling employers to continue to support social workers in their second and third years of employment. The aims of the EPD programme were to: improve the recruitment and retention of child and family social workers; improve training and development opportunities for social workers working with children and families during their second and third years of employment; improve social workers' practice; and promote and improve effective supervision. This report concerns the implementation of the EPD pilot programme (2009-11). It assesses the extent to which it achieved its objectives with the first cohort of social workers. The report includes a summary of the policy and practice context; summative findings on participation in the programme, its implementation and the outcomes for participating social workers; a set of case and organisational studies to show how the programme was implemented in different organisations; and a thematic analysis of the findings concerning key elements of the programme: implementation and impact, supervision, assessing outcomes and evidencing achievement, and retention.

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The Early Professional Development (EPD) programme was launched by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) in September 2009 following consultation with employers and staff from 45 organisations in England which provided child and family social work services. It was planned to build on the Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) programme by enabling employers to continue to support social workers in their second and third years of employment. The aims of the EPD programme were to: improve the recruitment and retention of child and family social workers; improve training ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Workforce development; Evaluation; Outcomes; Employment

Keywords: Professional development; Program evaluation; Capacity building; Mentoring; Job satisfaction; Entry into working life

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; England; Europe

Published: [London, England]: Department for Education, 2013

Physical description: xii, 224 p.

Access item:
https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/DFE-RR267.pdf

Series:
DfE research report; no. DFE-RR267

Related items: TD/TNC 109.1014

ISBN: 9781781052068

Resource type: Report

Call Number:
TD/TNC 111.1107



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