National Assessment and Accreditation System  (NAAS)

 The West Midlands NAAS network hold  meetings which  facilitate collaboration of best practice across the regions' 14 Councils and Trusts. Their aim is to support the recruitment and retention of the Childrens work force through enhancing Social Workers' development. This approach has been approved by all the Directors of Children's Services across the region.  

What is NAAS?

NAAS is a voluntary assessment and benchmark of good practice against the knowledge and skills statements (KSS) being run by the Department for Education (DfE).  It is being implemented by Councils and Trusts who have put themselves forward to help shape what NAAS could look like going forward.

It is a tool to:

  • Encourage employers to embed the KSS and improve their continued professional development 

  • Enhance the expertise and knowledge of social work

  • Provides more vulnerable children and families access to expert, high quality support and protection.

  • Allows social workers to demonstrate expertise against the KSS, develop their career and remain at the forefront of best practice.

  • Enables employers to embed the KSS, provide targeted training and development and grow workforce capability.

  • Delivers a national benchmark of good practice for children and family social workers.

The DfE website has lots of information about NAAS including; helpful guides to the endorsement, assessment and accreditation process and what to expect.  This can be accessed by clicking on the embedded link here.

 NAAS Task and Finish Group


A NAAS task and finish group was originally  set up under the FutureSocial Programme Board and its representation includes all of the NAAS Leads and colleagues who have been appointed to implement the NAAS programme locally and to collaborate on work regionally. When Future social was disbanded, the regional group has continued to meet to support best practice across the region.

The task and finish group is sponsored by Emma Bennett, DCS for Wolverhampton and is chaired by for WM ACDS Network lead for Practice and Quality- Anastasia Davies. 

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