Social workers at Portsmouth City Council came together to celebrate their first year working in the profession at a special event.

Practitioners who have completed their assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) in children’s social care, were recognised for their work during an awards ceremony.

To mark the occasion, certificates were presented to practitioners by council leaders to celebrate this important career milestone.

Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council, said:

“It was an absolute pleasure to be part of this special event to celebrate the achievements of social workers who have completed their first year at Portsmouth City Council.

“The Stronger Futures Academy is held in high regard for its high-quality learning and mentoring, ensuring social workers have the skills and knowledge they need to support families. I would like to congratulate everyone for passing their first year.”

The ASYE programme is open to those completing a social work degree or master’s degree. It is delivered by experienced practitioners who have embedded Portsmouth’s unique model of family practice during the 12-month scheme.

Through mentoring and support, the ASYE programme encourages practitioners to work in a child-centred way and to understand how trauma may impact the whole family.

The programme enables practitioners to develop their skills and confidence at the start of their careers, to work independently and within a team, which in turn, will help them build strong relationships with families that last.

Sam Bushby, deputy director, children’s services at Portsmouth City Council said:

“The ASYE programme is a great opportunity to put into practice the theory you learn at university, working alongside experienced social workers, to support children, young people and families in different teams.

“No day is ever the same in children’s social care. You will be challenged in your role but supported at all times by team leaders and managers, who will give you the space to learn and reflect on your practice.”

Applications for the ASYE programme are now open. For more information, visit