The National Occupational Standards for Social Work (NOS) were revised in 2011 and are published by the UK Commission for Education and Skills. The consultation exercise in Wales included people who use services, carers, employers, practitioners, government officials, representatives from further and higher education and from professional bodies.
NOS have numerous uses in the workplace or in the development of the individual. These include defining roles at work, staff recruitment, supervision and appraisal, identifying training or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs, and staff planning. They help maintain high quality social care services.
NOS are also a valuable tool to be used as benchmarks for qualifications and the social work degree is based upon the NOS for Social Work.
For students currently studying and for those starting their degree in Wales in 2012/13, the course will be based upon the original 2003 standards.
For students starting their degree in Wales in 2013/14 the course will be based upon the revised 2011 standards.
The 2011 standards describe the 6 key roles for social workers.
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The Index (or Functional Map) describes the key role for each NOS in for Social Work. Download
NOS for Social Work 2003
These national occupational standards for social work were developed jointly with Northern Ireland Social Care Council, Scottish Social Services Council and TOPPS England. The consultation exercise in Wales included people who use services, carers, employers, practitioners, government officials, representatives from further and higher education and from professional bodies. The Care Council for Wales agreed the standards in March 2002. The standards were approved by the Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) in June 2002.Download
Manage your role as a professional social worker
Exercise professional judgement in social work
Manage ethical issues, dilemmas and conflicts
Practise social work in multi-disciplinary contexts
Prepare professional reports and records relating to people