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Are non-traditional social work placements second-best learning opportunities for social work qualifying students?

McLaughlin, H, Scholar, HF, McCaughan, S and Coleman, AR 2014, 'Are non-traditional social work placements second-best learning opportunities for social work qualifying students?' , British Journal of Social Work .

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Abstract

This article reports on the evaluation of practice learning opportunities for student social workers within ‘non-traditional’ placements provided by a major children’s charity in England, Scotland and Wales between 2010 and 2012. The student social workers undertook a well-being role within the project and the research here reports on the charity’s ability to provide a twelve-week programme through the use of delivery partners. In particular, the research highlights the experiences and perspectives of student social workers, project leaders and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to meet the six key roles, and demonstrate working with the legal framework, risk awareness, and management and assessment skills. The article also considers how the developments in England will impact upon such placements in the future and their implications for the project. Lastly, the article suggests that these placements are not second best, but different and raises the more fundamental question as to whether it is becoming easier to practise social work in placements such as these as opposed to those in statutory social service placements.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Social Work
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0045-3102
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Funders: The Prince's Trust
Depositing User: HF Scholar
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2015 16:45
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2015 16:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/34681

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