NAAS and Knowledge & Skills Statement
The National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) for Child and Family Social Workers is run by the Department for Education and forms a key part of the government’s reforms to children’s social work. The purpose of this is to ensure every child receives expert support and protection.
Currently NAAS is in Phase 2 of its pilot programme with the intention of a national roll out in March 2020. Successful completion of NAAS will result in workers gaining their social work accreditation.
The Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) are considered to be aspects of practice that inform Child and Family Practitioners in their work with children and families. This was introduced by the Department of Education (DfE) in 2014 as a way of improving Social Work education, training and career development.
The KSS defines overall expectations of Newly Qualified Social Workers during their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) and should be referenced in all portfolio work.
For NAAS purposes, the KSS’s have been branded as the Post Qualifying Practice Standards and will form the basis of the questions in the NAAS assessment. It’s important for anyone that is doing the NAAS to understand what the KSS’s are and how they are used in Social Work practice.