An examination of support and development mechanisms for newly qualified social workers across the UK: Implications for Australian social work

Bernadette Moorhead, Jill Manthorpe, Mary Baginsky

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This paper examines support and development mechanisms in national graduate qualifying programmes in social work in the United Kingdom (UK), to identify possible implications for policy, research and consultation for Australia. Notwithstanding the Australian Association of Social Work’s Supervision Standards, the Association has not made specific provisions for new graduates within its policies relating to professional standards or continuing professional development. Using a document analysis method, the different mechanisms in place across the UK indicate the potential value of exploring these countries’ systems to inform debate within the Australian Association on the possible creation of national standards. The UK experience suggests that any new standards or policy might be effective if they are underpinned by a developmental perspective on new graduates and acceptance of the shared responsibility for support between professional stakeholders. Possible pathways for research and consultation are outlined to develop a better understanding of career profiles, retention, and graduate needs that are contextual to Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-159
Number of pages15
JournalPractice (UK)
Issue number2
Early online date05 Sep 2019
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


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