Academic points to degree weakness

Asocial work lecturer has expressed concern
that the new social work degree course could reduce the number of
student work placements.

William Horder, social work lecturer at
Goldsmiths College, London, was critical of the suggestion for
students to have one long placement backed up by simulations and
observations rather than two contrasting assessed placements, as is
currently the case.

He said: “My concern is that it is not enough.
They need the contrast of two different work placements and two
different practice teachers.”

Horder added that simulations could lead to a
“watering down” of the training.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health
said discussions about the details of the degree course were still
taking place.

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