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City’s new social workers start at innovative academy

Published Thursday, 02 August 2018

The first 13 newly qualified social workers (NQSW) have taken their places in Coventry City Council’s innovative Social Work Academy.

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They will receive a programme of tailored support, learning and challenge aimed at preparing them to become best social workers they can be for Coventry’s children.

The Social Work Academy is one of very few in the country and it has been developed because Coventry’s Children’s Services recognises how crucial it is for social workers to have continuous professional development.

The NQSWs who have started this week will embark on a programme combining academic work, promoting quality and consistency, with practical shadowing of social work teams.

Cllr Pat Seaman, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “I’m delighted to welcome the first group of NQSWs into our Social Work Academy.

“We want the very best social workers in Coventry so that our most vulnerable children can thrive and get the best opportunities in life.

“We believe that surrounding our social workers with high levels of support will help them feel valued and be confident in their roles as they make that difficult transition from student to professional practice.”

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