A survey carried out by Community Care has found a chronic shortage of statutory practice placements for students in London. This article looks difficulties some student social workers have had in finding a placement, and the poor quality if some placements provided.
This is one of a series of four ‘Sustaining Practice Learning’ reports commissioned by the Learning Resource Network on behalf of Skills for Care and the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC). The research was conducted with sixteen projects in which social work practice learning was innovative yet sustained over a period of at least two years. Most of the sites were 'non-traditional' in that there were no social work qualified staff working in the site.
This learning object is one of a set of exercises and activities taken from the book 'Modern Social Work Practice' written by Mark Doel and Steven Shardlow. The purpose of this exercise is to look at the ways in which students organize their work within the working week. A set of demands and constraints which mirror the student’s work on the placement are used to discover the principles which can be used to manage a workload.
This learning object is one of a set of exercises and activities taken from the book 'Modern Social Work Practice' written by Mark Doel and Steven Shardlow. The purpose of this activity is to help students to orientate themselves to the placement as quickly as possible in a way that reflects the active way in which they will be learning to practise throughout the placement.
The Work-Based Learning for Education (WLE) Centre of Excellence aims to transform the current models of work-based learning to respond to the diversity of professional learning needs emerging in many areas. Its objectives are to build on innovative practice in teaching, learning and assessment through e-learning and digital video, and to incorporate the concepts of work experience and experiential learning and to develop new approaches in work-based learning: as work-related (taking place away from work) and work-located (taking place at work).
This purpose of this document is to inform the development of organisational student placement policies and procedures.