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The companion publications have been produced by the Care Council for Wales and the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW).

The guide from the Care Council is aimed at newlyqualified social workers, covering their transition to professional practitioners and setting out their responsibilities as employees. It also covers continuous professional development and post-registration training and learning.

The CSSIW's publication is focused on employers' responsibilities, giving them guidance on how to support, manage and develop newly-qualified social workers.

Both guides use case studies to convey the information in a way that will resonate with those who have recently qualified and their employers.

Rhian Huws Williams, Chief Executive of the Care Council, said: "The transition from student to being a registered practitioner is a crucial and forming time in the career of social workers. It is therefore vital that newly-qualified social workers receive structured professional supervision and support arrangements to enable them to move into their role.

"It is also important that newly-qualified social workers are clear about the expectations on them as regulated practitioners to reflect and to continuously develop as professionals.

"This guidance forms part of a bigger programme of work to secure and sustain high-calibre social workers for Wales," she added.

Rob Pickford, Chief Inspector of the CSSIW, said newlyqualified social workers were a precious resource for service users and employers.

"It is crucial that their first year in practice is managed as part of an overall approach of continuous support and development," he said.

"There must be a smooth transition from student to confident and competent practitioner and employers must play a key and significant part in this. The guidance to employers provides a framework for them to develop their systems and processes and ensures that such a transition is made." The guides have been welcomed by Ellis Williams, Chair of the ADSS Cymru Workforce Policy Group, who said: "The first year in practice guidance does highlight the importance of how we, as employers, need to treat this group of staff as a special group. If employers keep their side of the bargain, I'm sure our new professionals will keep theirs ... and of course in the long term, given the importance of good staff retention policies, we will keep them." The guidance is automatically sent out to graduates as soon as they change their registration status with the Care Council from student to newly-qualified social workers. Two important guides are available to help social workers in Wales make a successful transition from students to full-time practitioners 1 Making the Most of the First Year in Practice A Guide for newly Qualified Social Workers June 2008
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 15, 2009
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