practice placement

Graduates in job hunt find training can be their undoing

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.

Developing Student Placement Policies

This purpose of this document is to inform the development of organisational student placement policies and procedures.

Opportunities for involvement for service users and carers at the Open University in Scotland

Booklet explaining the different ways service users or carers can assist with the work of the Faculty of Health & Social Care at the Open University. Opportunities available include the development of courses and the selection and training of students.

Agency based practice learning opportunities in social work education

This podcast is an interview with Linda Bruce, the Robert Gordon University, on the topic of agency based practice learning opportunities in social work education.

The Centre for Excellence in Professional Placement Learning

The aim of the Centre for Excellence in Professional Placement Learning (CEPPL) is twofold. Firstly, to share existing excellent practice with both health and social care, and other disciplines, that have a placement or practice component, and to further develop that excellence in collaboration with others and to develop innovative interprofessional student placement opportunities with traditionally disenfranchised and marginalised social groups (e.g. refugees, prisoners, young people who are homeless, carers).

Practice-based Professional Learning Centre

The Practice-based Professional Learning Centre (PBPL) is one of the four Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the Open University. This website provides information about the Centre and its activities, details of how to get involved and links to resources relating to practice-based professional learning.

SCIE Position paper 2: A framework for supporting and assessing practice learning

In this position paper, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) sets out a skills and qualifications framework that should support practice learning, both in the new degree and across social care organisations. We focus on ways of supporting those whose task it is to assess practice in the workplace ('practice assessors’). We also look at employers’ opportunities for organisational development, improved practice standards and human resource development (HRD).

Workload management : perfect timing

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.

Orientation to the practice learning site : who takes the sugar?

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.