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Winlight recruitment are proud to be partnering with Elevate Training and offering access to training and CPD. As an agency social worker you have the option to register for Continuing Professional Development Training for Social Work Professionals and our Approved CPD course through our learning portal at:


 Winlight Training Portal 


This continuing professional development training is varied in delivery and specific to social work to support your self- learning and social work practice.


We use our concept of learning Read/Listen/Discuss/Action/Feedback ™ throughout our courses.

What you get as an agency/ locum/ Independent Social Worker.


  • 24 hours 7 days per week access for social workers in children and adult fields of social care
  • As you use the training you evidence your professional development for continued (HCPC) registration with your own portfolio which we hold for you
  • A personal Training Needs Analysis to identify your future learning needs
  • Opportunities to join discussion groups about social work topics and connect with your peers
  • Certificates of achievements of training and participation which can be used to develop your career
  • Support to identify and meet your training needs from Training Advisors


The New Approach to CPD…..

The HCPC is now the regulator and their approach along with the Social Work Reform Boards approach to CPC training is that social workers need to know take responsibility for the development of the professional self and that this is done in a range of ways including recognising that learning can, and does, take place in a range of different ways and circumstances.

It is not always associated with a course and the development need may be met through a range of different activities. Outcomes of learning and career development routes are identified within the professional capabilities framework (PCF)

The Criteria for CPD has now changed….


No Training is the right training, CPD should be based on the needs of the social worker to develop the professional-self using a range of training which supports self-learning and development with the social worker evidencing through their portfolio how they use this learning for the benefit of service users.

A range of Learning and Development now constitutes CPD and can include

- Action learning sets

- Access to research

- Professional supervision

- Critical incident analysis

- Critical reflection




Social workers are members of an internationally recognised profession, a title protected in UK law. Social workers demonstrate professional commitment by taking responsibility for their conduct, practice and learning, with support through supervision. As representatives of the social work profession they safeguard its reputation and are accountable to the professional regulator.


  • Demonstrates an initial understanding of the role of the social worker
  • Demonstrates motivation and commitment to qualify and practice as a social worker
  • Identifies own potential strengths and weaknesses in relation to the role of social worker
  • Demonstrates an initial understanding of the importance of personal resilience and adaptability in social work
  • Demonstrates the ability to take responsibility for own learning and development.

Values and Ethics


Social workers have an obligation to conduct themselves ethically and to engage in ethical decision-making, including through partnership with people who use their services. Social workers are knowledgeable about the value base of their profession, its ethical standards and relevant law.


Recognises the impact their own values and attitudes can have on relationships with others

Understands the importance of seeking the perspectives and views of service users and carers

Recognises that social workers will need to deal with conflict and use the authority invested in their role.




Social workers understand that diversity characterises and shapes human experience and is critical to the formation of identity. Diversity is multi-dimensional and includes race, disability, class, economic status, age, sexuality, gender and transgender, faith and belief. Social workers appreciate that, as a consequence of difference, a person's life experience may include oppression, marginalisation and alienation as well as privilege, power and acclaim, and are able to challenge appropriately.


Demonstrates an initial understanding of difference and diversity within society and the implications of this for social work practice

Is receptive to the views of others.


Rights and Justice


Social workers recognise the fundamental principles of human rights and equality, and that these are protected in national and international law, conventions and policies. They ensure these principles underpin their practice. Social workers understand the importance of using and contributing to case law and applying these rights in their own practice. They understand the effects of oppression, discrimination and poverty.


Recognises the contribution of social work to promoting social justice, inclusion and equality

Is receptive to the idea that there may be conflicts in the social work role between promoting rights and enforcing responsibilities.




Social workers understand psychological, social, cultural, spiritual and physical influences on people; human development throughout the life span and the legal framework for practice. They apply this knowledge in their work with individuals, families and communities. They know and use theories and methods of social work practice.


Identify how own learning (formal, informal and experiential) contributes to understanding the social work role.


Critical Reflection


Social workers are knowledgeable about and apply the principles of critical thinking and reasoned discernment. They identify, distinguish, evaluate and integrate multiple sources of knowledge and evidence. These include practice evidence, their own practice experience, service user and carer experience together with research-based, organisational, policy and legal knowledge. They use critical thinking augmented by creativity and curiosity.


Demonstrates an ability to reflect on and analyse own experience (educational, personal, formal and informal)

Demonstrates curiosity and critical thinking about social issue.


Intervention and Skills


Social workers engage with individuals, families, groups and communities, working alongside people to assess and intervene. They enable effective relationships and are effective communicators, using appropriate skills. Using their professional judgement, they employ a range of interventions: promoting independence, providing support and protection, taking preventative action and ensuring safety whilst balancing rights and risks. They understand and take account of differentials in power, and are able to use authority appropriately. They evaluate their own practice and the outcomes for those they work with.


Communicates clearly, accurately and appropriately to the level of training applied for, in verbal and written forms

Demonstrates an ability to engage with people with empathy.


Contexts and Organisations


Social workers are informed about and pro-actively responsive to the challenges and opportunities that come with changing social contexts and constructs. They fulfil this responsibility in accordance with their professional values and ethics, both as individual professionals and as members of the organisation in which they work. They collaborate, inform and are informed by their work with others, inter-professionally and with communities.


Demonstrates understanding of importance of working as a member of a team and an organisation.


Professional Leadership


The social work profession evolves through the contribution of its members in activities such as practice research, supervision, assessment of practice, teaching and management. An individual's contribution will gain influence when undertaken as part of a learning, practice-focused organisation. Learning may be facilitated with a wide range of people including social work colleagues, service users and carers, volunteers, foster carers and other professionals.


Recognises how own learning, behaviour and ideas can influence and benefit others.

Interview Training


Winlight are proud to support candidates through the recruitment process and offer free interview coaching, CV appraisals and training to registered candidates. Please contact your consultant for further information.

Professional Registration


Please make sure you are fully up to date with your registration. The HCPC are online and you can also find lots of useful information:

The British Association of Social Workers.


BASW is the largest professional association for social work in the UK. Whatever your background or specialism, they are there to support, advise and protect you at work because they know how challenging each day can be.- We actively advise our social workers to become members. They provide Advice & Representation for employment and Care Council matters, and insurance if you are working through your own Ltd Company.


Research and Development


Free research and training resources we have found useful!



Winlight Recruitment are committed to CPD of all of our candidates and employees. Please contact your consultant on 02081230209 to discuss enrolment on training & the terms and conditions.

Coming Soon……..


Winlight are delighted to announce we have now passed our Compliance Plus accreditation and as part of the new APSCO we shall be launching our new Candidate Passport.