Oxfordshire Social Care Academy

Our academy is a virtual centre for learning and development for adult and children's social workers

Oxfordshire’s Social Care Academy is for everyone; from students wanting to enter the social work profession and those who are newly-qualified, to experienced practitioners and those aiming to become managers.

Unusually, it is for practitioners working with adults as well as those working with children and families.The best way to ensure that Oxfordshire is a great place to live for everyone, is for us to have a thriving, passionate and skilled workforce. Our academy is a virtual centre for all the learning and development activity that helps us achieve this through four faculties.

Faculty 1: Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) and student experience

We aim to inspire new staff with an excellent ASYE programme for our newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) and a bridging year to prepare them for their future careers. We believe that the first year of your career is crucial and we provide excellent support together with a wide range of learning and development opportunities tailored where possible to individual need. We also provide high quality, well supported, pre-qualifying student placements in statutory and non-statutory teams across both adult and children’s services.

Faculty 2: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and career pathways 

We offer our social care practitioners outstanding, aspirational learning and development opportunities to ensure that everyone is enabled to reach their true potential and thrive in their careers. These might be anything from training to reflective coaching, aimed at developing the knowledge and skill that helps workers to follow their chosen career pathway. We recognise that social care can be fast paced and challenging so we want to promote well-being through learning too. 

Faculty 3: Learning from quality assurance

We work to ensure that Oxfordshire is a centre of social work excellence. To continuously improve how we do things, we take time to reflect on our work, learn from our experiences and celebrate good practice. This means that we are constantly transforming into a better and more effective organisation.

Faculty 4: Research informed practice

We aim to bring together the latest academic theory and experience from direct practice to embed an authentic learning culture throughout social care in Oxfordshire. We want to continue to develop opportunities that inform evidence-based practice and so the faculty links with a range of organisations and universities in order to contribute to and learn from inspiring and cutting-edge research.

The Oxfordshire Social Care Academy is inspiring, aspirational, transformative and informing.