Academy for newly-recruited social workers is launched in Portsmouth

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SOCIAL workers will now be able to develop their skills at a new academy.

The Social Work Matters Skills Academy has just been launched to give newly-qualified social workers the chance to improve with the support of experienced professionals.

Portsmouth City Council principal social worker Alby Luguterah said the academy would help new social workers get off on the right foot.

Ms Luguterah said: ‘We recognise the importance of dedicating time at the beginning of a social worker’s career for them to develop and become really effective practitioners.

‘We want to ensure that newly-qualified social workers are afforded the best start to their career and feel properly equipped for their role.

‘By providing support from peers and access to best practice, the Social Work Matters Skills Academy will help the transition from qualifying into 
practice.’

A group of 15 social workers who were recruited over the summer will take part in the first academy programme this month.

Ms Luguterah said the new recruits would get a gradual introduction to frontline social work to develop their skills, knowledge and resilience.

The academy will work with partners from health, education and the University of Portsmouth.

New social workers will be trained to work with both children and families.