Step 2

Step 2 of Darlington Academy supports newly qualified staff and DDCC members to upskill with training and development.


New Members of Staff

Darlington Borough Council provide a full induction to all new members of staff, as well as ongoing training and development. You can find more information on the Training Programmes and Courses page of 'The Toolkit' as well as on the Workforce Development Intranet page (for DBC employees only). 

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ASYE (Assessed and Supported Year in Employment) in Social Work 

The ASYE is a year long programme designed to help Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) develop their skills, knowledge and capability, and to strengthen their professional confidence. 

Darlington Borough Council provide NQSWs with regular, focused support and development during their first year in employment. The ASYE is provided to NQSWs in Childrens and Adults teams. It includes a holistic assessment of an individual’s abilities in their first year of employment as a qualified social worker by introducing a consistent standard against which knowledge and capability can be judged. Assessment is based on the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) [external link] and the Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) for social workers.

There are 2 statements of KSS:

KSS for Social Workers in Adults [external link]

KSS for Social workers in Children and Families [external link]

You can find more information about the ASYE programme on Skills for Care [external link].


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First Year Post-ASYE


Darlington Borough Council offer a range of training and development options for all staff members. 

DBC staff can find more information in the training directory, which is updated weekly. They can also discuss progression with their line manager. 


You can find more information about the training currently available in the directory on the Darlington Borough Council website [external link].


Progression diagram - coming soon!


Any training and development completed supports progression to Step 3 of Darlington Academy!