Set within the Welsh context, you will learn how to work collaboratively, how to use professional judgement in increasingly complex situations and how to undertake needs based assessment. You will complete a learning programme and will undertake work based assessment that will enable you to compile a portfolio of evidence.
Attainment of the post qualifying certificate will demonstrate that the learner has successfully completed the consolidation programme component of CPEL framework. Completion of the consolidation programme will be mandatory for all newly qualified social workers in Wales from 2012 onwards. Successful completion can use it as evidence of post registration training and learning (PRTL) and will confer eligibility to undertake the Experienced Practitioner Programme. This will enable future progress through the proposed national career pathway for social workers in Wales.
Practice assessment of learners on the Programme can only be undertaken by a registered social worker with a minimum of three years post qualifying experience in social work and either: whose role includes supporting the learning and development of other professional staff; or holding an appropriate qualification in assessment.
The assessment of learners will meet specified assessment requirements and will draw on a range of evidence including the direct observation of practice competence with service users, by at least one professionally qualified person. There must be evidence of the involvement of service users and carers in the management, development and delivery of the programme. There must also be evidence that the programme reflects:
• the specified learning outcomes
• current research and evidence
• service users and carer perspectives
• current legislation and policy
• inter-professional context
• the code of practice for social workers
• the language, legislation, culture, geography and institutions in Wales
• the NOS for social work appropriate to the programme
• the specified assessment requirements.
Internal quality assurance must be carried out by appropriately experienced and qualified social workers, who hold an appropriate work role or qualification. The use of the TAQA standards as a steer to current practice in assessment and internal quality assurance is recommended.
To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the documents section of the webpage.
No fast track approval is currently available. Centres wishing to become approved to offer the programme must complete the centre approval and/or qualification approval process.