Embedding the knowledge and skills statements in training and performance management


Under its plans to introduce accreditation of social workers, the government expects local authorities to embed the knowledge and skills statements (KSS) for children and families social workers and supervisors in their recruitment, performance management and training policies. However, a recent survey by Skills for Care found that many local authorities are yet to do this. This session will provide guidance on embedding the KSS in your organisational practices and policies, with a focus on:-

  • Understanding the content of the KSS and their development into post-qualifying standards for child and family social workers and supervisors.
  • Mapping the KSS/post-qualifying standards on to your organisation’s recruitment, training, supervision, case auditing and other performance management processes.
  • How the KSS relates to the professional capabilities framework and how the two can be aligned in your organisation’s policies and procedures.


Steve Walker, director of children’s services, Leeds City Council

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