If you need to put together a portfolio, you can include examples of:
- formal study or training through courses or accredited programmes
- private study, including research and relevant reading
- other activities, which could reasonably be expected to advance the professional development of a social worker
- supervised or shadow practice, including project work, shadowing social work, relevant voluntary work, and reflection and analysis of social work practice
If you decide to include supervised or shadow practice, you need to have an agreement in place with your employer. This is a formal agreement, which should:
- describe which activities you’ll be doing
- include the period of time the agreement and the placement covers
- make sure there’s a supervisor to oversee your placement
- make sure you’re properly supervised and have opportunities to reflect on your learning
- make sure no unsupervised contact with people who use care and support or carers would be allowed
- include confirmation by your employer of your placement and activities.
If you’ve worked as a qualified social worker before, you can use private study for up to 50 per cent of your portfolio.
If you’ve never worked as a qualified social worker, you can use private study for up to 25 per cent of your portfolio.
Your portfolio should include:
- certificates to show you’ve completed or attended courses
- testimonies or brief evaluations from shadow practice or other practice
- a list of the books you’ve read for work to develop your practice.
Your portfolio needs to show your learning is relevant to current social work practice.
You’ll also need to show how your learning takes into account: