We are not currently recruiting for social work volunteers to become a peer coach with the Social Work Professional Support Service. If you are interested in volunteering please register your interest below. We will be happy to hold your details and contact you directly when we are are next recruiting in your part of the UK.
This is a unique opportunity to share your knowledge and compassion with social workers – to help colleagues look after themselves, support their mental and general wellbeing, and help them to make decisions.
BASW will ensure that you are well trained, supported and have a sense of reward by being involved.
Once trained up, you would be asked to offer six months service at 4 hours per month. Your details will be held in an online portal for BASW members to access and book an hour-long slot with you.
You will also be given group supervision and have access to emergency support where required.
Once trained, social workers will be able to book an hour-long slot with you as a coach, where they will talk through any concerns they have. You will record key information about the session and signpost your colleague to any other appropriate service where necessary.
A maximum of three sessions can be accessed through the Professional Support Service at each occasion.
How do I become a volunteer coach?
There are a few simple steps to take to register your interest:
- You will need to complete an online form, in which you will be asked for your contact details, qualifications, experience and reasons you would like to become a coach
- You will be asked to indicate that you can give six months service at 4 hours per month.
- We will get in touch with you to arrange a full induction and details of how the service works and what is in place to support you
- The BASW admin team will confirm your registration and may request evidence of your certifications (e.g. DBS) as part of your selection process. You may also be invited to an online interview. Should you be successful, you will take part in an induction process, in which we will take you through the system and how it all works.
- Once ready to start your details will be held in an online portal for social workers to access and book an hour-long slot with you as part of the SWPSS volunteer coaches register.
You will be asked to commit to six months’ service at a minimum of four hours per month. You will also need to let us know your availability for at least one month in advance.
What training is involved?
Social Workers who wish to become volunteer coaches for the SWPSS will be required to undertake a CPD-accredited induction process. The duration of this process will be dependent on how much (if any) coaching experience you have already. The maximum CPD is nine hours.
For a non-experienced coach, the induction process takes place over three non-consecutive days using Microsoft Teams in a group setting. You will be given an overview of the role, tools and models to learn how to coach effectively, and full training on processes, paperwork and policies.
For an experienced coach, the induction process is shorter and comprises a group discussion and a half day training on processes, paperwork and policies. All volunteer coaches will receive their own Handbook which contains all of the information required.
How am I supported as a volunteer coach?
Volunteer coaches have access to a wide range of support and supervision including a reflective record for CPD portfolios. This will take place via Microsoft Teams and be led by the SWPSS Coach Supervisor. Finally, coaches will also have access to a Useful Resources page in the Appendices of the Handbook.