The National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) is a key part of the government’s reforms to children’s social work practice. NAAS aims to help social workers to build and improve on their skills and knowledge. Completing this social work assessment is also a way to develop professionally, and ensures that the highest standard of support and protection is offered to vulnerable children and young people.
At the core of this is a one-day social work assessment with written and practical elements. These assess social workers against the Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS) – the criteria which define current best practice.
Leeds and Calderdale were the first two Yorkshire & Humber authorities to offer NAAS to their social work staff. Both opted to take the core principles and adapt them to suit the needs of their staff by building the KSS into everyday practice. Following some very positive feedback, the scheme has been rolled out to 9 of the 15 authorities in the region:
- North East Lincolnshire
- North Lincolnshire
- North Yorkshire
Are you eligible for NAAS?
To be eligible to take a NAAS assessment, you need to be a child and family social worker or practice supervisor who is employed by an authority (or trust) on the list above. If you’re employed by an authority which isn’t yet part of the scheme, you may still be able to complete a NAAS assessment if you’re a child and family principal social worker, or if you’re currently taking part in your ASYE.
How to prepare for a NAAS Assessment
If you’re a children’s social worker and you’re interested in making NAAS part of your professional development, speak to your manager or NAAS lead about preparing for the assessment. Most local authorities will have a range of resources and training available to help you identify any gaps in your knowledge and improve your understanding of the KSS.