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'Baptism of Fire': The First Year in the Life of a Newly Qualified Social Worker.

Bates, N., Immins, T., Parker, J., Keen, S., Rutter, L., Brown, K. and Zsigo, S., 2009. 'Baptism of Fire': The First Year in the Life of a Newly Qualified Social Worker. Social Work Education, 28 ifi, 1-19.

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DOI: 10.1080/02615470902856697


This paper describes research commissioned by Skills for Care South West to identify and track the learning and development needs of newly qualified social workers through their first year of employment. The perceptions of 22 newly qualified social workers based in statutory settings are reported concerning the effectiveness of the social work degree (England), their induction and probationary periods and their progress towards post-qualifying social work education as part of their continuing professional development. The perspectives of line managers, people who use services and carers are also discussed. Findings from the research suggest that the social work degree has been well received by most newly qualified social workers and highlights the perceived importance of a statutory placement for social work degree students. Key social work practice skills that require further development are identified and a rationale is presented for greater investment in the induction and probationary periods of newly qualified social workers.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Newly Qualified Social Workers; Learning and Development; Social Work Education; Induction; Probationary Process; Placements
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:11233
Deposited By: Dr Steven Keen
Deposited On:10 Sep 2009 09:44
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:25


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