Knowledge and Skills Statements for social workers in adult services 2017

Closed 26 Jan 2018

Opened 28 Nov 2017


The Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS) are central to the government’s drive to improve social work education, training and career development. Developed in partnership with social workers, educators, employers and user groups, they provide a consistent, practice-focused approach across the whole social work profession.

We published the KSS for adult social workers at the end of their Assessed Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) in 2015, following the introduction of KSS for child and family social workers by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2014. 

For more information about the consultation on KSS for adult social work supervisors, please read the consultation document.

Why We Are Consulting

In her 2016-17 annual report, the Chief Social Worker for Adults, Lyn Romeo, promised to consult on a KSS for adult social work supervisors and asked Skills for Care to work with the sector to develop a statement for this role.

We are now seeking your views on the contents of the KSS for practice supervisors, including:

  • Whether the right knowledge and skills have been identified (and at what level);
  • The relationship with the KSS and the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF); and
  • Whether the proposed national requirements for assessment and accreditation of supervisors are appropriately designed and if the suggested period of time required for assessment is adequate.

We also want to hear your views on what more we can do to embed the KSS for social workers at the end of their ASYE.

Your answers will help us to further refine both statements before they are adopted as the post-qualifying standards against which social workers with adults at these levels will be assessed.

Please use the consultation response form to provide your comments to the Chief Social Worker for Adults by 5pm on Friday 26 January 2018.


What Happens Next

The results of the consultation and the Department’s response will be published on the Department of Health’s website in Spring 2018.


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