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Training and Development Opportunities

Helping you progress in your social work career

We are fully committed to the vision set out in the Government's 2020 Children and Young People's Workforce Strategy, which states that everyone who works with children and young people should be:

- Ambitious for every child and young person

- Excellent in their practice

- Committed to partnership and integrated working

- Respected and valued as professionals

Our Focus

We believe our workforce is undoubtedly our most valuable resource in achieving positive outcomes for the children and families with whom we work. We ensure that continuing professional development is the central focus to delivering high quality services.

Forward Together

Our aim is to offer the children's workforce a clearly defined, challenging and professionally guided Workforce Development Programme which combines mandatory training with aspirational and innovative opportunities. These in turn build confidence and support continuous professional development, ultimately leading to better outcomes for children and families.

This vision for continuing professional development will be realised through the formation of the West Berkshire Social Care Varsity. This will be key in developing a solution focused culture that respects, challenges and supports individuals and groups as well as our whole organisation. The varsity will be structured in schools of learning which are:

- Schools of Formal Learning- theory and practice (ASYE, consolidation, endorsement and accreditation)

- School of Leadership, Management and Governance (for aspirant managers and leaders)

- School of Specialist Awards- Continuing Professional Development (CPD), bespoke short courses, PAMS assessors, DOLs assessors, ABE training, certified courses on attachment

- School of National Learning (for wider professional networks and developments)

Newly Qualified Social Work Academy

CFS graphic - graduation hat
CFS graphic - graduation hat

The Social Work Academy helps our Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) working with children and families to become confident and capable social work professionals.

We provide our NQSWs with protected time, reduced caseload and opportunities to develop knowledge and skills while they gain experience in a frontline social work team.

We want our social workers to feel valued, secure and supported so that they in turn offer the best possible service to children and families in West Berkshire. 

Contact us                                                                              

Email: CFSrecruitment@westberks.gov.uk

Telephone: 01635 519119