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ASYE co-ordinators and senior managers, including your principal social worker, will be involved in a successful ASYE programme. 

ASYE co-ordinators

The ASYE co-ordinator may or may not be a registered social worker. Responsibilities include:

  • undertaking the funding application
  • managing the Ƶ ASYE portal
  • quality assuring the delivery of the programme and driving its continuous improvement
  • applying for NQSW certificates for completing the programme
  • submitting the action plan for continuous development.


ASYE drop-in sessions

The drop-in sessions are for ASYE leads/co-ordinators only. We operate on a ‘open door’ basis, you can join whenever you want to and stay for as long as you want to. It’s a space to ask anything you’d like clarification on about the ASYE programme, or you can just listen to what other people are asking and discussing. 

All drop in sessions are 10:00-12:00:

  • Wednesday 10 July       
  • Wednesday 14 August 
  • Tuesday 17 September 
  • Thursday 17 October     
  • Wednesday 20 November        
  • Wednesday 11 December        
  • Wednesday 15 January
  • Wednesday 19 February          
  • Wednesday 19 March   

If you're a newly qualified social worker or an assessor, you can attend one of our forums instead. Details are on our ASYE events page.


Action learning facilitation training for ASYE co-ordinators/leads and supervisors

We’re pleased to announce that the Department for Education has provided the funding to enable us to train more action learning facilitators in child and family services. Over this year we’ll be providing two Foundation in Action Learning Facilitation ILM Recognised programmes for ASYE co-ordinators/leads and supervisors in child and family services only. This ILM Recognised programmes will be delivered virtually by our colleagues at the Centre for Action Learning and is ideally suited to people who are well positioned in their organisation to design, introduce and facilitate a new action learning programme in their team or department. 

Action learning is a structured technique used to facilitate individual, professional and organisational development and change. It brings together small groups of invested people to tackle real life problems or issues whilst encouraging reflection to develop practice. 

The training starts in September 2024. 

Find out more and book


Senior managers

A senior manager oversees other managers and is responsible for key organisational programmes such as the ASYE. They may be the principal social worker for the organisation. The programme will benefit from the active support and involvement of senior managers. This level of support should impact all those involved in the ASYE programme and should mirror in your organisational ASYE documents, policies and procedures.


Principal social workers 

Principal social workers may have responsibility for the oversight and quality assurance of your programme and the welfare of all those involved in the programme.


ASYE portal administration

The assessor or a senior manager will be the lead name for the Ƶ portal. The portal administrator role includes:

  • keep contact details up to date
  • log all NQSWs starting and completing their ASYE in your service 
  • update the status of the NQSW i.e. paused/withdrawn from their ASYE
  • claim ASYE funding and request ASYE certificates


Managing the ASYE programme

You may be responsible for managing the ASYE programme in your service. There may be separate ASYE programmes for child and family and adult services in your organisation. 

The two programmes are now the same - it may be beneficial if your two programmes co-deliver either the entire ASYE programme or parts of it. This single approach will encourage joint working and expand the learning and development opportunities.


ASYE co-ordinator responsibilities

  • ASYE handbook - for NQSWs but is also a useful for ASYE assessors, line managers, senior managers and HR

  • ASYE workshops
  • action learning sets and group supervision
  • Supporting a failing NQSW
  • ASYE quality assurance

  • NQSW ‘buddy’ programme of support
  • ASYE learning and development events

  • overseeing the ASYE assessors/line managers



National evaluation criteria

The ASYE national evaluation criteria (NEC) supports the continuous development and quality of a programme.

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Employers can use the NEC to ensure their programme is a successful one. It also includes specific areas that are one step beyond the NEC, known as NEC+. The evaluation criteria will evolve where evidence from the sector indicates that they should be developed further.