student social workers

Priorities : sticky moments

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 encourage students to think about how they make decisions when there are conflicting priorities. Too often, these kinds of decisions are made without an awareness of the knowledge, values and beliefs which underpin them. This activity makes these factors explicit and teaches students a framework which will help them to continue to review the way they make decisions.

Empowering practice : steps

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. This resource takes nine principles of partnership practice and asks the student to consider their relevance to a particular piece of work, and how they have been put into practice. The focus here is on empowerment and partnership as essential aspects of the student's anti-oppressive practice.

SCIE Guide 4: Involving service users and carers in social work education

In 2003 the Department of Health introduced a new qualification for social workers. Previously a diploma, for the first time the social work qualification became a three-year degree course, a move which reflected the difficulty and professionalism of the job. Also for the first time, universities and colleges offering the degree were required to involve service users and carers in the design and delivery of the programme.

Goals : agreeing and achieving them

This resource is one of a set of exercises and activities taken from the book 'Modern Social Work Practice' written by Mark Doel and Steven Shardlow. This activity helps to teach the student how to move from a focus on what is wrong to a focus on what is wanted; a move from present problems to future goals, and how to get from one to the other.

Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection

The Key Capabilities (KC) in Child Care and Protection are designed to allow students within social work degree programmes to map their specific learning in this area whilst achieving the more generic Standards in Social Work Education (SiSWE). The KCs further allow social work students to evidence their learning in child care and protection by their progress being assessed at the mid and end points of the programme.

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.

Meeting skills : topical islands

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. This activity introduces the student to a twelve-point framework for running a meeting; as a participant or as a chairperson, the activity gives the student a basis to judge good practice.

Comparative social work : Gulliver's travels

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. This resource consists of an opportunity for students to think about social work practice in different countries. They are provided with brief details of an imaginary country and have to consider how to develop social work in that country, drawing on the experience of social work in their own country.

Beginnings, middles, ends : tree

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. This chapter looks at processes and outcomes in social work practice. The concept of a practice method is demystified by linking it to the generic processes of beginnings, middles and endings in work with clients. The chapter illustrates how students can learn to work in a systematic and methodical fashion.

Feelings and behaviours : taboo

This resource is one of a set of exercises and activities taken from the book 'Modern Social Work Practice' written by Mark Doel and Steven Shardlow. This activity examines the gap which sometimes exists between what they are feeling ’inside’ and what they are saying ’outside’, and explores the student's response to it. It focuses on how the student handles taboo subjects. The activity also concerns the student's view of learning. How do beliefs, feelings and actions influence openness to learning?