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How can we achieve consistency across practice education?

A recent College of Social Work online debate highlighted a lack of consistency across practice educator assessments. Here, staff development officer and College representative Glynis Marsh looks at how we can achieve consistency across these assessments and ensure social work students’ needs are met. It appears the loss of the Practice Teaching Award affected our […]

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‘Why we need more voluntary sector placements for social work students’

Voluntary sector organisations play an essential role in making sure that the next generation of social workers is well equipped to provide a high quality service, says Eileen Docherty, registered social worker, practice educator and College of Social Work helpdesk manager. One of the key issues to have emerged from the College’s recent online debate […]

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Are we making the most of learning from social work practice placements?

Instead of seeing teaching as something delivered solely by higher education institutions (HEIs), let’s make better use of the practice educator role, suggests Alison Domakin, principal lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. Practice placements are regarded by many social workers as the defining experience of training, offering opportunities to directly practise social work and to learn […]

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