We offer newly qualified social workers a high quality induction and probation programme that provides plenty of opportunity to build on the learning acquired whilst studying for their degree in social work. Our programme has been nationally recognised by Skills for Care.
Social workers joining us for their ASYE get the chance to develop their skills, knowledge and capability and to strengthen their professional confidence in order to best serve the children, young people and vulnerable adults in Oxfordshire. They will receive good supervision and support from more experienced members of staff and will be provided with guidance to help them follow the requirements of the programme.
View from one of our social workers
“I joined Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) as a social worker in 2018 after being recruited from Canada. Since coming to OCC, I have been promoted to senior practitioner, diversified my work experience in two different teams and been supported through maternity leave.
Working as a social worker with OCC has been rewarding. The approach of the Family Safeguarding Model brings a collaborative culture to the work that we do with families. There is targeted individualised support for the families and shared responsibility between practitioners. OCC is fully committed to working alongside families and supporting social workers. I can honestly say I have felt supported to achieve a work-life balance, progress in my career as a social worker and continue to grow in my practice.
Recently, I moved into an assistant team manager position in the Social Work Professional Development Centre. In this role, I am able to support international social workers like myself in settling into life in the UK. Supporting international social workers is a particular passion of mine. At OCC, we are very lucky to have an entire centre dedicated to the support and development of international and newly qualified social workers. This gives the best support available to have a prosperous career at OCC.“
Karina Boorer, Assistant Team Manager, Family Solutions Plus.