Your Development

We want you to be able to develop your practice, proficiency and professionalism, within Norfolk’s Children’s Services.

Our Norfolk Social Care Academy will support you to use Signs of Safety, our practice framework. This, along with development using other approaches, such as restorative practice and appreciative inquiry, will enhance your ability to work in a strengths-based way with families and ensure your practice maintains a focus on the voice of each child.

Norfolk’s Continuous Professional Development offer benefits from our Teaching Partnership with the University of East Anglia (UEA), Suffolk County Council and the University of Suffolk, by offering Masters level modules and research opportunities.

In addition, we provide specialist development for those taking on lead roles and support secondments across the service. To support your personal learning we subscribe to Care Knowledge and Research in Practice, which provide a wealth of learning resources and research materials.


The Academy is our framework for providing structured professional development and learning to staff in Children’s Services’ Social Work and Early Help Services.

Social work students, Social Workers, Senior Social Workers, Managers and other, non-qualified or alternatively qualified staff have time to learn new skills, and hear and learn about recent research away from their daily work.

The Academy will also offer support and planning for Social Workers to prepare for and achieve accreditation as Children and Family Practitioners, Practice Supervisors and Practice Leaders.


As a Social Worker in Norfolk, we will provide you with initial training in the Signs of Safety approach, regular workshops and training opportunities to develop your understanding and application of the framework. Peer-led group supervision in teams will help you to deepen your knowledge.

Following this established, evidence-based framework will enhance your collaborative working with families, building on the strengths and safety within their family, always with a strong focus on the voice of each child.

As you build your experience, we also offer opportunities to train as a Practice Lead, supporting others to gain greater knowledge and understanding of working with families, work with a wider range of children and families, and train others.