“The opportunity to work with our peak body to support fellow social workers feels like an important step in Strengthening Practice’s growth.

We are a small organisation dedicated to working relationally with our peers, supporting them to find spaces to think about their practice and continue to be the best social workers they can be.  

Teaming up with BASW to help develop the Professional Support Service as a response to the impact of COVID-19 on social work felt like the right thing to do.  It is our opportunity to give back to a profession that has given so much to all of us over our years of practice. 

Absolutely delighted and proud to be part of this”.

Jo Fox


Developing skilled and vibrant professionals

Our approach

We create helpful training programmes your workers will actually look forward to. We can help practitioners, managers and leaders in children’s and adult services, multi-agency partners and any professionals working with children, adults and their families.

Completely customised according to your identified needs, our BASW-accredited programmes give your staff the confidence and the tools they need to constantly improve in their work.

How to survive working from home

It was sometime around Mid-March and it had been brewing for a week or two. We knew about hand sanitiser and the persistent cough and we were all a bit nervous about what might happen next. Then on 23rd March 2020, …

Online resources, learning and support

Our skilled, empathic and reflective social work practitioners and professionals offer space and time for social workers to bring their issues, worries and practice dilemmas.

Download our new informative guide to online training with us.

We’re so happy to bring to you our new Online Coaching Offer. Here’s Phil explaining more about it.”

“Working in partnership with BASW on the launch of the Professional Support Service (PSS) has expanded my thinking in new and pleasantly surprising ways. Listening to the experiences of my social work peers during this difficult pandemic, underscores the value of the PSS as a timely and much needed resource for BASW members.

The PSS aligns so well with the values and ethics that are consistently promoted at Strengthening Practice, and having the opportunity to meet and support the volunteer coaches who have come forward to help us deliver this programme, has been amazing. I have also learned how to pronounce a few new words and think I am quite clever now: Cymru, Aberystwyth, Milngavie, and Cobh. Whew! Definitely a wonderful linguistic adventure as is the journey I am embarking on as one of the professional leads for the PSS.”
Monalesia Earle

Practice Educator and Coach

Virtual NAAS

National Assessment and Accreditation Scheme

“Let us support you in optimising your knowledge of, and preparation for, the NAAS”.

Read our new Virtual NAAS brochure. All you need to know about using us to help with the National Assessment and Accreditation Scheme

Our training programmes

Since 2007, we’ve worked alongside local authorities and trained over 975 social practitioners to make a positive impact on the lives of children, young people and their families. We can help your staff to excel by equipping them with the tools and knowledge that result in measurable improvements in practice.

Completely flexible and designed around your requirements, facilitated by entertaining and knowledgeable trainers and informed by the latest evidence, our training programmes will become a treasured and helpful resource. We’ll support you as you achieve lasting improvements at all levels of your organisation.

Coronavirus Advice and Guidance for Social Workers

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus and subsequent government advice and measures, we could see an increased risk for some of our children and families. The pressures of self-isolation, uncertainty, financial issues and children unable to attend school is an unprecedented situation and will, in some circumstances, heighten risk.

NEW 2020 Workforce Development Programme Guide

SP brochure
Get your hands on our comprehensive training programme guide, simply send us your details…


9 + 1 =

Integrity and Context Podcast Book

If you’ve enjoyed the Helpful Social Work Podcasts from Effectice Practice and our very own Jo Fox…then you’ll LOVE this!! It’s a free downloadable podcast book … all the same thoughtful and stimulating content but read in your own voice…

NAAS is the national assessment and accreditation system for child and family practitioners,practice supervisors and practice leaders.

Why us?

A principled and responsive approach to making ourselves helpful, with exciting and engaging trainers who are experienced and qualified social workers.

Just like the social practitioners we serve, we go to work every day to make a positive difference in the lives of children. We work with a small number of local authorities where we feel we can make a real difference. This means you can rely on us as a trusted partner, to support your staff in the exact areas where they need it most. We’ll stand by you to deliver tangible and measurable improvements in practice that lead to better outcomes for children, young people and their families.

Click to learn more about our values:

Our qualifications

  • All our trainers are HCPC registered social workers with recent practice experience.

  • All trainers are members of BASW and have been through the Disclosure and Barring Service possessing current clearances. 
  • Jo Fox, Gerry Nosowska, Phil Rigotti and Fareena Shaheed are associates of Research in Practice. 
  • Strengthening Practice is a member of the UK Register of Learning Providers. 
  • Strengthening Practice is a BASW accredited CPD provider.

Our people

Our trainers never teach ‘at’ people. They’re completely tuned into what’s happening in the room. They’ll give your staff a space to exchange knowledge – absorbing the latest evidence-informed research on what works in practice and working together to apply this to their work. All our trainers are registered social workers, and each is a recognised expert in their own area of speciality. This makes them brilliant role models who’ll inspire your staff to strive for excellence in their practice.

Proud to work in partnership with...

We’re incredibly proud of the changes we’ve helped to promote in our clients’ organisations and the positive impact this has on the lives of children, young people, adults and older people.

We enjoy long-term relationships with our clients, where we become part of your team to support you and your practitioners. We work side by side with authorities as a trusted partner, contributing to improvements in practice and helping you to achieve your goals.

And more...

5A Main Street
CA13 9LE

Tel: 01900 822458
Fax: 0161 9076850

Copyright  Website 2019  |  Privacy Policy  |  Disclaimer  |  Site Map