Professional Development

Suffolk adheres to the College for Social Work’s Framework for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CPD is essential to ensure that social workers remain up-to-date with professional developments, and can adjust their practice in line with new evidence. The Framework recognises learning can, and does, take place in a range of different ways and circumstances. It is not always associated with a ‘course’ and the development need may be met through a range of different activities.

Outcomes of learning and career development routes are identified within the professional capabilities framework (PCF) which will act as a ‘scaffold’ to inform the CPD requirements of any individual social worker. It is used in conjunction with Performance development and supervision structures which help identify learning requirements to support the social worker in meeting organisational as well as personal and professional needs.

Social Workers in Suffolk will be supported by Suffolk County Council and expected to take professional responsibility for developing their skills to a high professional level, through undertaking learning and development activities over and above the core standards required for re-registration with HCPC.

Social Workers are expected to be proactive in identifying and meeting their individual professional needs. Learning activities will arise from everyday work, as well as any other requirements imposed by external circumstances or organisational needs.

A wide range of learning and development activities is promoted in Suffolk County Council. Space for critical reflection, learning from others and opportunities for access to research should be valued alongside more structured training.

What our Social Workers have to say...

Social Worker Cheryl Robinson
Cheryl Robinson

"I am proud to be a Social Worker in Suffolk, making a real difference to Children and their families lives."

Social Worker Victoria Morphew
Victoria Morphew

“Working in Suffolk County Council you cross paths with lots of other professionals; everyone is really friendly and all want to build really good working relationships. You have a great network of contacts and support here.”

Social Worker Tunde Oyeniyi
Tunde Oyeniyi

“I have been at Suffolk County Council almost 7 years and been ABE trained, completed a post qualifying specialist award in children and families with the University of East Anglia and have my Practice Educator award.”

Social Worker Leon Gillings
Leon Gillings

“I chose social work because I liked the idea how helping people whilst also being accredited as a professional. I wanted a career that was meaningful, full of challenge and diversity and that I could be proud to be a part of.”

Social Worker Charnine De'ath
Charnine De'ath

“Our role is about getting people to see that there is something better out there for them and their children and that they are able to make the positive changes for themselves with the support of us and their family & friends - We empower families and give them the confidence to make changes”

Social Worker Jade McMurray
Jade McMurray

“There’s nothing better than when you’ve been able to make those changes and support a family along their journey and to have such a positive outcome, when you’re able to step back and let them do it for themselves.”