DfE to award £3.5m for delivery of accreditation of social workers

National Assessment and Accreditation System for social workers is out to tender for up to £3.5m

Published on 22nd August 2017

The Department for Education is seeking to award £3.5m to a contractor to deliver the accreditation of social workers.

A tender notice from the Department for Education states that a contractor is required to create a clear framework and to deliver the accreditation system for social workers in England by January 2020.

This should include:

  • Assessment centres within the local areas,
  • Recruitment and training of assessors and observers,
  • Recruitment and training of actors for simulated observation,
  • Preparing and expanding a pre-existing digital platform to be ready for roll out,
  • Design and implement a system for result feedback to employers and individuals including a database for securely storing results,
  • Design and implementation of a system for dealing with retakes, concerns, queries and appeals, and
  • Work alongside an independent researcher partner and the DfE to understand and action change requirements where required over the contract period.

The focus of the National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) is to increase emphasis on practice and workforce development within local authorities, with assessment and accreditation as a benchmark of that practice.

The DfE has decided to operate ‘an Alpha and Beta-style approach’ before progressing with a full national rollout, although the document stresses that it is not a pilot or a trial run.

A small-scale ‘Alpha’ phase with around six local authorities will be the first part of the process and around 550 social workers will be assessed. Following this, a subsequent ‘Beta’ phase will follow involving approximately 12 -15 local authorities and a minimum of 900 social workers will be assessed.

The contract is up to £3.5 million although the total award amount will be reliant on final throughput of expected social worker numbers.

Interested parties should contact the DfE before 13 October 2017.

For more information visit the DfE website.


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