Professional Awards

Within the PiP framework there are three Professional Awards which offer development opportunities for social workers with varying degrees of experience and responsibility. They can be achieved through a variety of ways – PiP approved programmes, credit accumulation and the Individual Assessment Route.

NI Consolidation Award in Social Work

For newly qualified social workers or those re-entering the workforce - this award supports the development of in-depth competence, to produce well-rounded, competent and confident practitioners.

NI Specialist Award in Social Work

For social workers involved in complex decision-making requiring high levels of professional responsibility and accountability - this award supports social workers to develop high levels of specialist knowledge, skills and expertise.

NI Leadership and Strategic Award in Social Work

For social workers demonstrating high levels of competence, moving beyond the detail of their own practice to explore a wider perspective where they influence developments and are thought leaders.

 

NI Consolidation Award in Social Work - Core & PiP Requirements

The NI Consolidation Award has 3 Core Requirements and 6 PiP Requirements that describe the range of professional activity appropriate to this Award. The Core Requirements must be integrated and met through the general Requirements.

Core Requirements

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of their own practice and a critical awareness of current issues and challenges in the context of the NISCC Codes of Practice, professional ethics, the principles of diversity, equality and social inclusion in a wide range of situations.
  2. Use evaluation to systematically develop and improve their specific practice, including implementing effective practice in inter-professional and inter-agency contexts.
  3. Take responsibility for continuing professional development making use of professional and managerial supervision, consultation and other professional support as appropriate to identify and address issues; develop, implement and evaluate plans; and continue to advance knowledge and understanding in order to improve practice.

PiP Requirements

  1. Develop and consistently sustain in-depth competence within their specific area of practice to agreed national, occupational or recognised agency standards, applying knowledge and experience of relevant service provision with confidence.
  2. Demonstrate systematic and appropriate application of relevant legislation/policy, theories, research and methods of practice that include a range of skills.
  3. Demonstrate consistent and sustained sound judgement and decision making in the context of complexity, risk, uncertainty, conflict and/or contradiction
  4. Systematically apply knowledge and understanding of service user and carers issues to actively contribute to social support strategies that promote choice, independence and empowerment and which involve service users and carers (where appropriate).
  5. Effectively and efficiently manage and be accountable for own work and demonstrate a capacity to plan for and respond to change.
  6. Demonstrate confidence in, and promote understanding of, own professional role within networks across organisational and professional boundaries and support others as appropriate to the candidate’s level of learning.

NI Specialist Award in Social Work - PiP Requirements

There are 9 PiP Requirements that describe the associated professional activity required within this area of work. To ensure that the PiP Framework reflects progression and career pathways, candidates may transfer up to 3 Requirements from the Specialist Award to the Leadership and Strategic Award if they wish to do so.

  1. Apply independent critical judgement to systematically develop their own practice and that of others in the context of the NISCC Codes of Practice, professional ethics, the principles of diversity, equality and social inclusion in a wide range of situations.
  2. Demonstrate a substantially enhanced level of competence in a defined area of professional practice, professional management, professional education or applied professional research to agreed national, occupational or recognised agency standards.
  3. Demonstrate a well-developed capacity of using analysis and evaluation to continuously develop and enhance own performance and contribute to the performance of professional and inter-professional groups, teams and networks.
  4. Demonstrate a well developed capacity to analyse, evaluate and apply relevant and current research evidence including service user research.
  5. Using a range of skills and methods of intervention, work effectively and creatively and with initiative in a context of risk, uncertainty, conflict and contradiction where there are complex challenges. Make informed and balanced judgements in the context of relevant policy and legislation.
  6. Use a critical knowledge and understanding of service user and carers’ issues to develop and implement service user and where appropriate carer rights and participation in line with the goals of choice, independence and empowerment.
  7. Take responsibility for influencing key aspects of complex change processes, including those involving other professions or other agencies.
  8. Support, mentor, supervise or manage others including contributing to practice learning opportunities, enabling self and others to identify and explore issues, improve and develop and share best practice.
  9. Develop and implement effective ways of working in networks across organisational and professional boundaries, having confidence in own professional role and taking responsibility for identifying , analysing and resolving complex issues, promoting partnership and collaboration, thus ensuring the delivery of integrated and person-centred services.

NI Leadership & Strategic Award in Social Work - PiP Requirements

There are 9 PiP Requirements within the Leadership and Strategic Award which describe the range of professional activity required within this area of work. Candidates may transfer up to 3 Requirements from the Leadership and Strategic Award to the Specialist Award.

  1. Use independent critical judgement to take a leading role in systematically developing their own practice and that of others in the context of the NISCC Codes of Practice, codes of professional ethics, the principles of diversity, equality and social inclusion in a wide range of situations.
  2. Demonstrate a substantially enhanced and sustained level of competence in a defined area of work, taking a leading role in developing and promoting good practice drawing on international perspectives to inform this.
  3. Demonstrate conceptual understanding and a well developed capacity to take responsibility for the use of critical analysis and evaluation to continuously develop and enhance own performance and that of others.
  4. Demonstrate a significant contribution to the development, delivery and evaluation of the service provided in a chosen area by demonstrating the ability to research, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate strategies for improvement or change;
  5. Work creatively, innovatively and effectively, taking a leading role in the context of risk, uncertainty, conflict and contradiction or where there are complex challenges and a need to make informed, independent and balanced judgements.
  6. Take a lead responsibility, using initiative and self direction, for managing key aspects of complex change processes, including those involving other professions or other agencies.
  7. Support, mentor, supervise or manage others exercising leadership to enable them to identify and explore complex issues and improve practice and service delivery.
  8. Take a leading role in developing and implementing effective ways of working in networks across organisational and professional boundaries, taking responsibility for identifying, analysing and resolving highly complex issues, promoting partnership and collaboration, thus ensuring the delivery of integrated and person-centred services.
  9. Use critical knowledge and comprehensive understanding of service user and carers’ issues to actively promote, develop and implement service user and, where appropriate, carer rights and participation in line with the goals of choice, independence and empowerment

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