NISCC undertook an annual audit of the Assessed Year in Employment in 2016 to indicate strengths and development areas in the AYE which were to be circulated to employers. It is used to complement existing annual monitoring and work towards ensuring rigour and consistency across all sectors.
The audit assessed the AYEs submission against NISCC Standards for the AYE. NISCC selected a ten percent sample of registrants for audit who were coming to the end of their AYE (25 registrants).
The strongest submissions contained the following:
- Personal Development Plans - had comprehensive PDPs that were dated and regularly reviewed. They were signed by the registrant and their manager.
- Training and Development Days - registrants had completed the form detailing the date and duration of the event, included a brief summary of the training and reflected on their learning.
- Reflective Summaries - registrants made links to the key roles, linked to the NISCC Standards of Conduct and Practice, November 2015 and underpinned their reflection with relevant theory and research. They included case examples and made connections with training and learning they had listed for the year. They also discussed their use of supervision and peer support.
Development areas identified that:
- All submissions must be typed, dated and signed by the registrant and their manager.
- The training and development days must be dated, list the event, the duration and evaluate learning.
- Reflective summaries – the submissions could have benefitted from the inclusion of case examples and did not make the links identified in the strongest submissions- above.
This was the first audit of AYE and the first audit undertaken through the portal. All registrant’s submissions confirmed that they had met the AYE standards and were strong across all employment sectors.
The professional advisers who assessed the submissions were very encouraged by the high standard of the work and how the AYE year, following completion of social work degrees, gave the registrants a valuable opportunity to bed down and develop practice. Registrants clearly valued the additional supervision provided in this year and many were able to further learning on the degree through reading and research that they could then apply and evaluate to their practice.
The completion of AYE enables registrants to be in a strong position to begin their Professional in Practice journey, when they complete the AYE, all registrants have a further requirement linked to their registration that they achieve a minimum of two Professional in Practice requirements before their next renewal point.
Guidance materials and recording forms for the AYE are available online at http://www.niscc.info/assessed-year-in-employment-aye