Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL)
Continuing Professional Education and Learning Framework for Social Workers
The CPEL Framework is designed for social workers in practice roles which include different levels of complexity and breadth of tasks. The Framework aims to equip social workers with the advanced knowledge, skills and qualifications they need as they progress from newly qualified to experienced practitioners and, for some, as they take on more senior practice roles.
The Framework is relevant to social workers in the statutory, third and independent sectors. It is intended to support the retention of experienced social workers at the front line. Most importantly, it aims to equip social workers to work effectively alongside individuals, families and communities to promote well-being.
The Care Council has developed guidance to employers and social workers on the comparability of previous and other professionally regulated post qualifying training with the CPEL framework.
Consolidation Programme for Newly Qualified Social Workers
The Consolidation Programme for newly qualified social workers is the first part of the CPEL Framework.
Experienced Practice in Social Work Programme
The Experienced Practice in Social Work Programme is for social workers in their third year of practice and beyond. Some social workers will undertake the full programme and others will choose to undertake relevant modules.
Senior Practice in Social Work Programme
The Senior Practice in Social Work Programme is designed to equip senior social work practitioners for their role undertaking complex social work practice and supervising others.
Consultant Social Work Programme
The Consultant Social Work Programme is designed to equip consultant social workers for their role as expert practitioners and leaders of the profession.
Evaluating the impact of CPEL Programmes
The CPEL Programmes are evaluated to ensure they are equipping social workers with the knowledge and skills they need. The evaluation depends heavily on feedback from social workers, their managers and other stakeholders.