We're committed to establishing a skilled, permanent social care workforce.
Medway Social Work Academy
Medway Social Work Academy has a programme of training and support for NQSWs (newly qualified social workers), qualified and experienced practitioners and managers. The academy has strong links with local universities and leading London universities.
Signs of Safety
We are implementing Signs of Safety as our practice model which will be supported by an extensive programme of training. This will be enhanced by a core offer of skills and knowledge-based training programme relevant to the individual worker and service needs.
Practice educating is encouraged to support our learning culture and help bring new talent into the organisation.
Medway Council run a Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) stage 1 and stage 2 course annually. This ensures that staff have an opportunity to undertake the qualification within their employment if they wish to.
Leadership programmes are available as we are focused on developing leadership in our first line managers.
There are monthly workshops delivered by our own internal experts to enhance the skills and knowledge of our social workers. The topics are determined by regular internal audits and quality assurance of work being undertaken. This is so the sessions can be tailored for current gaps in knowledge and skills.
Legal practice development workshops are also developed and delivered regularly. These ensure that our social workers have up to date knowledge on laws that relate to social work.
Medway Council also have an award-winning Apprenticeship Academy which offers a wide range of qualifications.
Additionally, to the above continuing professional development offers, the Kent, Medway and South East Social Work Teaching Partnership offer an extensive elearning suite which has been put together to provide fundamental learning that a social worker may need while practising.