About the Academy

Academy purpose and vision

Gloucestershire Children’s Services Social Work Academy is a professional development centre for social workers at all levels, from students and newly qualified social workers to heads of service. 

Our Academy supports a range of entry routes into social work and related professions including 'step up' and Frontline programmes.

Our Academy aims to embed a 'Gloucestershire Approach' to social work practice, leadership and management and underpins consistency in practice across Gloucestershire Children’s Services.

Our Academy delivers the following programmes.

  • Essential Training & Curriculum for all workers.
  • Quality and Audit
  • Students (pre and post qualified), Placement Supervisors & Practice Educators
  • Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)
  • National assessment and accreditation system (NAAS)
  • Advanced Practitioners
  • Practice Leaders

Our Academy Team

Rob England



Fiona Walker


Rob Tyrrell



Sophie Bruce  

Anne Cooper

Sally Dobson 

Liz Hobson

Rob Kinahan  

Hayley Lodge 



Lydia Cox, Business Administrator,

Alice Enever, Business Administration Apprentice

Heather Yates, Business Administrator

Sarah Cairns, Practice Development Co-ordinator

Jackie Orr, Practice Learning Coordinator



Sam Haines, Assurance and Advanced Practice Manager

Leanne Taylor, NAAS (National Assessment & Accreditation Scheme) Lead


Contact us

Gloucestershire Children's Services Social Work Academy
4-6 Commercial Road


01452 425413


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