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Darlington Academy

Darlington Academy is a step-by-step approach to supporting our people across Childrens and Adults services.

Steps 1 to 5 span the workforce, from being a student or volunteer to senior and director level colleagues, from support staff to qualified Social Workers.

Our Community Academy links with people of all ages, and provides advice and opportunities for personal and professional development. 

Click on the steps below for more information.

Training and Development opportunities for children, young people, adults and families in our community. The Community Academy links with Developing Darlington Care Collective (DDCC) and the borough wide multi-agency working initiative.
Supports non-qualified people to become part of the workforce and access training / qualifications. Aimed at:
  • Step Up to Social Work
  • Apprenticeships (including Social work Apprenticeship)
  • Volunteers and Multi-Agency Partners
  • Return To Practice staff / volunteers
Supports newly qualified ‘staff’ upskilling with training and development. Aimed at:
  • ASYE (Assessed and Supported Year in employment) Social Workers
  • First year post ASYE qualified
  • Qualified Apprentices
  • New members of staff
Supports experienced staff into Leadership and Management and/or to become ‘Experts in Practice’. Aimed at:
  • Experienced staff members
  • Advanced / Senior Practitioners
  • Team / Practice Leaders
  • Practice Educators
  • Staff developing towards Leadership and Management roles
Supports Middle Managers so that they can develop others. Aimed at:
  • Team Managers
  • Principle social Worker
  • Team / Practice Leaders
  • Service Managers
Supports Senior Managers to access training, development sessions, national conferences, and shape service culture. Aimed at:
  • Director
  • Assistant Directors
  • Heads of Service