CAN Training Investigates: Are Funded Apprenticeships right for your Staff?

One of the most common queries we get at CAN Training is from Residential Children’s Home Managers or Business Owners who want to understand the different funding routes available in order for their staff to achieve the Level 3 Residential Childcare Diploma. The funding options are forever changing and can seem really complicated so we thought we’d highlight some of the main differences between funded and non-funded routes and hopefully help you to consider what will work best in your organisation.

From May 2017 the face of Apprenticeships changed and one of the main changes was that Non-Levy Paying organisations (those with an annual wage bill of less than 3 million per year) were required to pay a 10% contribution to the total cost of the Apprenticeship. This was then reduced to 5% from April 2019. At the same time Apprenticeships were being changed from frameworks to ‘newly improved’ standards. With this came a significant price increase. The cost of a Residential Childcare Apprenticeship framework was £2500 so employers found themselves paying £250 per staff member and more recently £125 when the contribution was changed to 5%. The framework consisted of the Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare plus the requirement for Maths, English and ICT functional skills unless the staff member already had GCSE A-C.

The new standard was then introduced namely the ‘The Level 4 Children, Young People and Families Standard’ and the cost of this Apprenticeship was set at £6000 therefore employers would now be required to pay £600 per staff member (or £300 after April 2019) This is due to the fact that the standard is a Level 4. Although it does still include the mandatory level 3 Residential Childcare Diploma, there is also a requirement for additional work to evidence the staff member working at a Level 4. This is demonstrated through an End Point Assessment Process; which learners are required to pass in order to achieve their Apprenticeship. Whilst this tends not to be an issue for more experienced staff, those who are new to Residential Childcare will find the Level 4 more challenging so consideration must be made regarding staff suitability to the course. There is also the requirement for Maths and English functional skills unless learners have prior exemption.

A big stumbling block for employers however has come with the introduction of the 20% off the job training requirement. This had always been a feature with the frameworks however this is now being heavily enforced with the new standards and training providers are required to record this and ensure employers are fulfilling their duties with regards to this.

A full-time member of staff on the Level 4 Children, Young People and Families Standard will need to be away from their normal working environment for 6.5 hours per week. This means they cannot be included on their normal shift meaning another staff member would need to cover this staff members shift. Many employers have found this prohibitive as not only are they paying for the Apprenticeship (either a contribution if non-levy or the full cost if levy paying) but they are also needing to factor in the time that staff member will be ‘off the shop floor’ so to speak. Based on a £10 per hour role this would cost an organisation a further £3,380 a year per staff member on an Apprenticeship. Some employers have decided in the face of this that Apprenticeships are not best suited to their organisation and have sought other options.

So what are the alternatives?

Despite funded qualifications being initially attractive from a financial point of view it is still worth considering stand-alone diplomas purchased commercially for your staff.


  • Staff will only work on the mandatory qualification they require which is the Level 3 Residential Diploma. There are no other elements to distract or add pressure to staff
  • Staff can work at their own pace and can be certificated as soon as they complete the work which can be helpful for your OFSTED compliance requirements. With Apprenticeships learners must be on programme for 12-18 months and cannot be certificated before this even if the work is complete.
  • There is no requirement for Functional Skills which many staff find challenging and stressful.
  • There is no requirement for ‘off the job training’. Staff will complete their Level 3 Diploma whilst working on their normal shift. Their assessor will use observations, professional discussion and expert witness testimony from line managers to meet many of the requirements of the diploma.


Clearly all organisations vary in size, budgets and resources available and while the Apprenticeships work well for some, other organisations find the commercial route much more straight forward to navigate, less stressful for staff and perhaps in the long term more cost effective! 

Level 3 Residential Childcare Diploma with CAN Training currently costs £1750 which can be split over the duration of the course (usually 12 months) if necessary. This would be a cost of just £145 per month and would include face to face visits with an assessor every 8 weeks plus unlimited telephone and email support and 24/7 access to an online portfolio and resource library.

At CAN Training we pride ourselves on being specialists in Residential Childcare. We stick to what we know and all of our assessors have occupational competence and are best placed to support your staff with their Level 3 Diploma and beyond.

If you would like to discuss your requirements and seek some advice on the best route for your organisation please contact Heather or Ann at CAN Training Limited on 0800 177 7733

Free Resource Packs on Self Harm, Forced Marriage, Trafficking & FGM

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Self-harm Awareness Resource Pack” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left|color:%23ef7e21″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Virtual College have completed these free resource packs on self harm in young people, forced marriage & FGM. Download copies for free now.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]To help parents & practitioners to understand the scale of self-harm and raise awareness of the issue, we have created a free resource pack.

The Resource Pack includes:

  • A poster
  • An infographic
  • An email footer
  • Images to share on social media
  • A website banner

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This resource pack contains:

  • A poster for your staff
  • A flowchart of actions to take should you suspect trafficking
  • Modern Slavery Act 2015 legislation

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Download Human Trafficking Resource Pack” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#ef7e21″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#666666″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” shape=”round” align=”center” link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_custom_heading text=”Recognising and Preventing FGM Resource Pack” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left|color:%23ef7e21″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]A recent study revealed that 137,000 women in England and Wales are estimated to be living with the consequences of FGM. We worked with the Home Office to combat this by creating a resource pack which aims to increase awareness of the issue.

To help you raise awareness of FGM, this pack includes:

  • A poster for your staff
  • An email to send to your colleagues
  • A banner to put in your email signature

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This free resource pack contains:

  • A poster for your staff
  • A footer for your email
  • A facts and figures infographic
  • A guide to Forced Marriage legislation

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Progress to Excellence: Career Prospects Case Study

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A rewarding career in the care sector where he could make a massive difference to the lives of young people was all that Tom Ratcliffe wanted from a very early age.


That was more than 15 years ago and now Tom is living the dream – working in a vital role as Residential Support Worker at Fairfield Farm College, a specialist college in Wiltshire for students with learning disabilities and difficulties.


And although happy and fulfilled in his role, he’s convinced the decision he made many years ago to devote his working life to young people now has a major impact on his future career path.


Tom, 28, has been working in the care sector since he was 18 and now holds his Level 5 qualification in Health and Social Care Leadership and Management after completing an apprenticeship with Progress to Excellence Ltd.


He explained: “My plan to work in care among young people goes back to when I was about 13. My parents were employed in this sector and I definitely wanted to go down this route too. All I ever wanted was a career in childcare where I was involved in a practical setting among young people with learning difficulties.


“It’s a challenging job here at Fairfield Farm College where we run residential, weekend and day courses. No two days are ever the same, they’re always exciting so there’s no chance of getting bored.”


Tom was encouraged by the college to embark on his Level 5 qualification to build up the necessary skills to manage practice and lead others in adult health and social care provision or in children and young people’s services.


He continued: “I knew the apprenticeship would help me to do my job better. Working in a supported living environment is a job I love so I grasped the opportunity.


“The result is that I now have a greater understanding of my role here and it has enhanced my skills in people management.


“What is really exciting is that the qualification has also made my career prospects really good. I enjoy working here but know that eventually I will need to move on.


“I’ve just picked things up while doing my job so I feel very lucky I now have both the experience and qualifications.”


Studying his level 5 qualification with Progress to Excellence Ltd was perfect for Tom as he could choose to study at a time to suit his work patterns.


He said: “This was extremely important as I work shifts so I could fit my learning schedules around my hours. It was the same for assessment – it all came together really well.”


As for his next steps, Tom is considering a further managerial qualification while working for an organisation and the service users, which he loves.


Progress to Excellence Ltd offers a full suite of health and social care and business related qualifications to support the training needs of health and social care employers. For more information, call 0151 650 6933 or email

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Personal Budgets for Care – One Stop Social


We need to talk about money for care.

Now, before you’re taken over by a stereotypically British reluctance to discuss finances in public or just an exhaustion from feeling like all we do lately is think about the financial state of the social care sector; bear with us on this one. We all know the service providers within care are massively underfunded and the quality or quantity of service that care workers can provide is at risk. However, this time we need to think about a different aspect of things: personal budgets and what they entail.

A personal budget is an amount of money that the council provide you if they decide you’re eligible for this level of monetary support. The amount is dependent on how much the care needed costs in your local area, tailoring each personal budget on the situation. This money will be under the individuals control and must now legally be incorporated into every care and support plan. The “local authority must provide personal budgets to whoever meets the regulations in the Act”, showing a new level of legal support for the personalisation of care in the UK.

Personal budgets have been pushed forward in recent years by the Care Act of 2014 declaring that “everyone with an eligible need for social care should be given one”. While personal budgets have been available to some lucky eligible people for a few years, the Care Act sets the precedent that all people who need support, get it. The fact that the control of the money is kept by the person needing care or support helps maintain a level of control over their own lives – something that can feel very important when your body or mind needs external support.

So, what is the process to get a personal budget? The way it works is if you appear to need care and support, regardless of your finances, your local authority have to complete a ‘needs assessment’ so that they can understand the whole story of your needs and outcomes. Your eligibility will then be compared against a national minimum threshold, and if you’re found to be eligible then your personal budget will be calculated.

This may all be sounding like a step in the right direction – helping families and communities support those who need care but can’t afford it themselves – but we must be cautious. As the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman recently noticed, Wiltshire Council were placing people into bands, capping the personal budget certain people received irrelevant of the level of care needed. This thereby restricted the care people could access, which seems counterproductive to the whole idea of a personal budget. Additionally, a Community Care survey found that the personalisation promised is not something that is happening in real life. Councils were found to be stopping people from spending their personal budgets (which they should have full control over) how they wanted, especially in cases of building quality of life through activities such as university courses, trips, holidays, gardening and more.

We’d love to say we’re surprised that administrative changes haven’t had the impact promised within the care sector, but let’s be honest here – we all know more drastic approaches are needed to truly help both sides of social care. Personal budgets are a great idea in theory, but in order to make them work better in practice, the government as a collective needs to make a conscious effort to provide legal structural support for those in care, while enforcing those who find loopholes in regulations or bend the rules at the cost of patients.


Work & Care Together 2018 – A Social Work and Care Professionals Convention – 11th June

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We are organising a convention, “Work & Care Together: Recruitment, Development and Innovation in 2018”, to bring together the key players in the social work and care industry for a day of networking and training.

The event will take place on Monday 11th June 2018 at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, and will have 3 elements to it: a series of training sessions, presentations from new innovative front-line services in social work/care and an exhibition of resource companies, training providers and key services. “Work & Care Together” will be targeted directly at those working in social work and care – as well as students and businesses – to focus on the current issues of recruitment, retention and employee development in the industry, while also showcasing innovative businesses.

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Social pedagogy leadership course first of its kind in the UK


The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has created a Social pedagogy leadership course, which is the first of its kind here in the UK. It has been developed due to the growing interest in social pedagogy.  The course links to the successful BA Hons in Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation which is run here at UCLan and has excellent student feedback.

It has been co-produced and will be co-taught by ThemPra, the leading organisation supporting development of social pedagogical practice in the UK.  It meets the professional standards of practice as set out by the Social Pedagogue Professional Association.

Links with European partner organisations that use social pedagogy in practice as well as universities that run social pedagogy programmes of study.

The course is taught using experiential teaching techniques and is taught in a fun and creative way.  All activities are transferrable into practice and students are encouraged to develop creative practice in their direct work.

It offers a social pedagogical perspective to leadership, enabling managers and senior practitioners in leadership roles to apply its principles, theories and philosophy to assist people to develop a culture of care and support within organisations and communities. Social pedagogical leadership also enables professionals to influence decisions and develop, support and sustain positive change using inclusive and empowering practice in working with disadvantaged groups.

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Upcoming UCLan CPD Courses

21st March 18 – Exploring the Offence Process and Treatment of Sexual Offending

18th April 18 – Identifying and Managing the Risk of Sexual Offending

16th May 18 – Practitioner Skills for Working with Sexual Offending

4th June 18 – Return to Social Work

20th June 18 – Parental Substance Misuse: Impact on the Child

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Resource E-Pack for Children and Young People Practitioners

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This Resource E-Pack for Children & Young People Practitioners offers a list of excellent (free) resources for practitioners working with children and young people. It includes both direct worksheets and guides. 

[/vc_column_text][vc_cta h2=”Generic Worksheets” txt_align=”center”]An introductory guide for CYPS practitioners – Newham London, have created a downloadable work booklet for practitioners that work with children and young people.

Cooking on a budget: Easy pleasy cook bookThis ‘easy pleasy cook book’ has designed by The Children’s Society and Cheshire East Council. It’s an excellent resource to help all young people cook for themselves.

The milk’s in the oven | A booklet about dementia for children and young peopleThis resource has been completed by the Mental Health Foundation. It offer information about dementia for children and young people.

Solution-focused practice: A toolkit for working with children and young peopleThis is an excellent toolkit featuring a number of direct resources and worksheets focusing on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy intervention with Children and Young People.

Child Protection: Consultation with Children ToolkitThis is an excellent practical toolkit that can be used by social workers with children who are subject to the child protection process. It provides a number of practical tools, tips and activities.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Assessing & information gathering” txt_align=”center”]Ecomap Activity Guide

Genogram Template | How to do a genogram

Three Houses Model: Resource for gathering information

My Three Houses App – helps professionals such as children’s services workers, teachers and child counsellors help children to write, draw and speak about worrying things in their life.

How it looks to me: Assessing wishes & feelings worksheets – This workbook has been developed by CAFCASS. It is designed to help social workers assess a child’s wishes and feelings using friendly and interactive worksheets.

Time Line Worksheet | Relationship Building & Information Gathering – A Time Line Worksheet is a good ‘starter for 10’ for working with new services users – whether children, young people or vulnerable adults.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Anger Management” txt_align=”center”]Anger Control | Behavioural CycleThis worksheet offers an insight into anger management and control. It focuses on the behavioural cycle of change to help de-escalate anger.

Anger Wheel of ChoiceThis worksheet is called ‘anger wheel of choice’. It is aimed at children and young people.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”ADHD” txt_align=”center”]Mood Diary | Children with ADHDThis mood diary can help parents, teachers, professionals, doctors and younger children keep track of their progress and identify both problems and successes.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Autism” txt_align=”center”]Autism, my sibling, and meThis activity book is all about you and your sibling with autism! It’s your guide to the ups and downs of being a sibling.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Domestic Violence” txt_align=”center”]Coping with Domestic Abuse: Booklet for children aged 6 to 12This booklet has been created by Barnardos and the Family Support Agency. It has been created to help children and their parents who live with and experience domestic abuse.

Domestic Abuse Awareness Pack WorksheetsThis is a domestic abuse awareness pack to be used by year 10 or year 11 in secondary schools.

Helping Children Who Witness Domestic Violence: A Guide for Parents[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Neglect” txt_align=”center”]Neglect Matters: A guide for young people about neglect[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Relationships” txt_align=”center”]Healthy Relationships | CYPs Direct ResourceThis is an excellent direct workbook resource on Healthy Relationships. It has been designed for children and young people.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Youth Justice” txt_align=”center”]Think Victim | Victim Awareness Worksheets | CYPsThink Victim is a victim empathy workbook designed for children and young people.

Making It Count In Court | Youth JusticeMaking It Count In Court is a good “starter for 10” for any professional or practitioner working within the Youth Justice System in England and Wales.[/vc_cta][vc_cta h2=”Guides” txt_align=”center”]Keeping children and young people safe from radicalisation and extremism

Toolkit for working with CYPs trafficked for purpose of criminal exploitation

Assessing Needs of Children and Families: Using Questionnaires and Scales

Supporting parents of sexually exploited young people

Attachment Difficulties: what happens, why and how to handle it

Coping with self-harm | A Guide for Parents and Carers

What to do if your child goes missing: Practical advice for parents and carers booklet

Self-harm awareness resource pack

Child sexual exploitation: Definition and a guide for practitioners

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Whilst you’re here…

Did you know you can find a job and upload your CV? You can also search, find and refer to the latest social work and care courses and events.

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Dignity Action Day – Are You A Dignity Champion?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dignity Action Day is Thursday, 1st February, and One Stop Social are proud to support The National Dignity Council in it’s campaign to encourage more Care Staff to become Dignity Champions.

Led by the National Dignity Council, Dignity Champions form part of a nationwide network of 90,000+ individuals and organisations who work to put dignity and respect at the heart of UK care services to enable a positive experience of care.

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The precise nature of each Dignity Champion’s role varies depending on their knowledge and influence and the type of work they are involved in. That role need not be onerous, there are many small things people can do that can have a big impact.

“I have handed out Dignity Challenge Cards to all staff in my care home – each time we have a team meeting we focus on one of the 10 Dignity Challenges and discuss what we can do to meet that challenge. Each meeting results in us making changes to the way we provide care” Dignity Champion – Care Home Manager

Staff and managers can play their part by making changes to the way they deliver services.

Others can play their part simply by providing feedback on good and bad care. That could be in the form of a thank you note to staff, a posting on a feedback website, a diary blog or where appropriate through formal complaints.

Find out more about how you become a Dignity Champion at



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Search our training event calendar showing the latest social work and care training in your area.

We facilitate and organise training and events for all social workers and care professionals across the UK.  This includes both mandatory and non-mandatory training.  

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Big Sur

One Stop Social – Who we are and what we do…


One Stop Social is a specialist social work and care professionals hub based in the UK. It’s the place to search, find and refer to the latest social work and care professional jobs, resources, training and courses. We also have a news and blog section. 

What is unique about us?

We have built a very strong following because we’re run by social work and care professionals with more than 30 years’ frontline experience. Professionals visiting our website can search and book onto the latest training, events, refer to a specialist services or access resources.  Our practitioners have featured in social work books for best practice and completed guides and resources for our website. We are also contributors for the Huffington Post.  As such, we are a very trusted and niche website; passionate about providing a quality based services.

Search using our directories to over 2,000 listings from jobs, resources, training and courses.

It has been designed to make your life easier…  


Sign in/Register

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Register for a free Candidate Account.

Choose this account if you are looking for work in the social work or care sector.

It has been designed to make your life easier by promoting your CV direct to those seeking employees. You will benefit from a CV job matching facility. Choose up to five different sectors and up to five different job roles. Recruiter.

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Choose this account if you want to list your services on our social care directory, training, resource or post single job listings. 

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Choose this account if you are looking to recruit to large volumes of vacancies. Purchase from 20 to 500 ‘credits’ a month. 

We are integrated with Broadbean and Login Mellon.

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Adult Social Care Practitioner Support and Guidance


With 2018 around the corner, we have compiled a list of our most downloaded Social Care news and resource items this year. We wish you all a very happy New Year and look forward to providing you with the latest Social Care news, training, resources and jobs in 2018!

The below is free to download and is an excellent ‘starter pack’ for any Adult Social Care Practitioner. It is relevant to all professionals currently working in the Adult Social Care Sector. Although not exhaustive, this can range from Care Homes, Domiciliary Care, Safeguarding Adults Teams and Mental Health Teams.

Social Care Practitioner Support & Guidance ‘starter pack’ includes

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Safeguarding adults is everyone’s responsibility

“Adults have the right to live life free from harm and abuse and with dignity and respect. It is important that all agencies who work with adults who may be at risk from abuse are involved in the prevention of abuse.

Adults at Risk

Section 42 of the Care Act 2014 defines an adult at risk as an adult who:

– Has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and;
– Is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
– As a result of those needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.

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Social Care News/Blogs

A Business Defining Year for One Stop Social

Social Care CV Library – Register for free today

Tips to help you land that perfect social care job

Top Tips On How To Be A Good Social Care Manager

As a Carer I have found it increasingly hard to stay positive

Support work is a vocation and deserving of recognition


Related News

Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is now open! 

What is the Workforce Development Fund? 

The fund gives employers the opportunity to claim money towards the costs of employees completing adult social care qualifications, units, apprenticeships and learning programmes between 1 January 2017 and 31 March 2018.

Retention and Care Professional Staff Development

With around 84,000 job vacancies in our sector at any one time, recruitment, retention and Care Professional development remains one of the most important and growing challenges for adult social care employers. (Source: Skills for Care). But we can help! Join our Networking Partnership or contact us today to find out more.

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E-Bulletin Sponsor

Create Care Training Ltd

Create Care Training Limited, referred to in this plan as CCTL has been established since October 2014 and is registered with Companies House. CCTL aims to provide a quality service of training to individuals who work in the Health and Social Care sector, whilst promoting clear carer pathways which could lead into higher education programmes and career progressions.

Vision Statement

Our promise is to deliver safe, high-quality training services to companies who provide care and support to others.

Mission Statement

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A business defining year for One Stop Social

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Well, what a year! 2017 has been a business defining watershed year for One Stop Social. We have now built a very strong following. That’s because we’re run by social work and care professionals with more than 30 years’ frontline experience. Our engagement has been excellent as professionals visiting our website can book onto the latest training, events, refer to specialist services, access resources and find jobs…ALL IN ONE PLACE!

Our practitioners have featured in social work books for best practice and completed guides and resources for our website. We’ve become a very trusted and niche website and we’re passionate about providing a quality based service.

Some milestones:

In February, we uploaded our new and improved website, courtesy of a Start-Up Government loan.  In May we secured our first investor. This has been hugely successful, offering us support and business development; allowing us to focus on our priority, which is to continue to support and develop resources content for front-line professionals.

Since March, we organised and facilitated a number of training events, on behalf of our training partners. In all, we had over 600 attend six sessions. In November, we integrated our Jobs Board with Broadbean for multi-job postings. We have also secured integration with Logic Mellon. We now also have a CV Library, which allows candidates to upload their CV for free. We have over 50 employers accessing this currently.


Our website analytics have increased dramatically, growing website traffic by 988% in the last 12 months.  We now get up to 1000 unique visitors on our website each date. Averaging just under 3 pages and 2 minutes and 45 seconds per session. We also have 16,000 registered to our weekly E-Bulletins.

Social Media:

We are now admins/have created over 8 Facebook groups, specific to social work and social care. Totalling to over 15,000 followers. Our engagement and website resources have proved a huge hit from students to experienced practitioners. We did this by investing in the quality of content we share.

So, to the future… What will 2018 hold?

Whilst 2017 proved to be our watershed year, 2018 is already turning out to be another very busy one. To name but a few:

  • We have already secured work assisting a Local Authority to help their social work development.
  • We have co-ordinated mandatory training for a number of agencies, councils and front-line social work/care services throughout the year.
  • Working in partnership with national government to support and recruit social workers
  • Secured attendance to all major national social work and care events.
  • Daily growth of our jobs board and CV Library.
  • And a number of press releases…


Have you created your account?

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