We recognise that newly qualified social workers are our main talent pipeline. The Norfolk Institute for Practice Excellence aims to prepare you for the challenging world of social work. You will be placed from the beginning of your ASYE journey in a fieldwork team in one of our six localities. Each locality will have a dedicated Practice Consultant whose role will be to act as your Assessor and to support you throughout the year.

You will receive a training calendar for the year and will be given the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the Norfolk Social Care Academy and our partnership with the UEA in increasing your knowledge and skills. You will also benefit from protected development time throughout the whole of your ASYE.

In addition to being a member of the NIPE you will also be an active member of the fieldwork team that you are placed in. You will have a protected caseload and will receive regular supportive and reflective supervision on both an individual and group supervision basis.

We are proud of our social workers and we are proud of our commitment to supporting newly qualified social workers through their first year. We have a proven track record of investment in newly qualified workers and are determined to help you to become the best social worker that you can be.

We will expect a lot from you but in return you can also expect a lot from us.  Several of our original NIPE members are Senior Social Workers and Managers now.

If you want to work hard and to provide children and families with a first class service, and if you want your ASYE to be stimulating and challenging and want to feel that you are taking the first steps of your professional social work career in an environment that values you and the contribution that you can make, and if you want to be well supported as a newly qualified social worker, then Norfolk’s innovative Institute for Practice Excellence may be just what you are looking for.

As part of the Norfolk Institute for Practice Excellence (NIPE) you can also expect:

  • Planned workload and experiences to both broaden and deepen your knowledge and expertise
  • An opportunity to work across Children’s Services Social Care to enable you to understand how it all fits together
  • Excellent Post Qualification opportunities
  • A staff team who will welcome you and be there to help you settle in
  • Access to expert practitioners who can help you achieve the best outcomes for the children and families you work with
  • Excellent links to the UEA and City College Norwich

For informal enquiries about our ASYE programme please contact Peter Hurst, County Team Manager, Norfolk Institute for Practice Excellence. Telephone: 01553 614881 or Mobile: 07990 780383.

To be eligible to apply for the Norfolk Institute for Practice Excellence (NIPE) you must be nearing successful completion or have already qualified as a Social Worker.

Please ensure you are either in the process of applying for your HCPC registration or have already obtained your registration. This will need to be in place before you commence employment with Norfolk County Council.

You will be working with us to reduce our numbers of children and young people in care and to assist us in moving to a multi agency based, high quality early help offer.  We are also looking for “different voices” to challenge us and to drive innovative thinking and creative solutions.  On passing your ASYE we will identify and agree a post for you in one of our Social Worker teams.

How To Apply:

If you are interested in applying for our next NIPE cohort register for a JOB ALERT


Routes to Social Work

If you are interested in training to be a social worker, there are a number of route – please visit GET INTO SOCIAL WORK to find out more.