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Making the Most of Your Social Work Placement

Making the Most of Your Social Work Placement

October 2019 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

'How can I succeed in my placement?'

Your placement is a crucial part of your social work training - not only will a successful placement set you up to succeed in the rest of your degree, but it is also your chance to experience what real social work practice is like.

This practical guide will take you step by step through your social work placement, guiding you through what you will be expected to do, and helping you to make the most of your placement. You will learn how to apply the theory and skills you've learnt in practice, to your own observations as well as to your placement portfolio, and how to gain the feedback you need. The book is packed full of hands-on advice, alongside a variety of learning features: student voices talking about their own placement experiences, chapter checklists, reflective tasks, and potential placement pitfalls and opportunities which demonstrate different ways to approach situations you may encounter on placement.


Chapter One - Getting to know yourself as a learner
Chapter Two - Fulfilling the university process within a placement
Chapter Three - Establishing a relationship with your practice educator
Chapter Four - Cultivating a relationship with service users and carers
Chapter Five - Understanding your social work skills, knowledge and values in your professional practice
Chapter Six - Enhancing your ability to critically reflect
Chapter Seven - Responding positively to constructive feedback
Chapter Eight - Evidencing your capability on placement
Chapter Nine - Writing your academic assignment
Chapter Ten - Conclusion

This book highlights the importance of collaboration between the student and the PE, offering concrete ideas for students to actively take responsibility for their learning on placement. Contributions from real students bring the placement process to life, and overall, I think the book is written in a way that is accessible and motivating for students.

Pam Field
Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Work, Care and Community, University of Central Lancashire

This book had all the elements required to help me prepare students for their first and final social work placements.

Mrs Rebecca Benson
School of Social Science and Law, Teesside University
September 8, 2023

Clear and well structured outline of practice based learning.

Cherie Carlton
Mental Health & Social Work, Middlesex University
June 5, 2021

A book for students and practice educators alike - general and creative ideas for successful placements.

Mrs Toni Benaton
Britannia Mill Campus, Derby University
June 5, 2019

Paula Beesley

Paula Beesley is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Leeds Beckett University, with interests in communication skill development and practice placements. She holds the Practice Teacher Award, and has been a practice teacher for 20 years both as a child protection social worker and as an independent off-site practice educator working with a wide range of placements and students. She is currently undertaking a PhD into communication in social work student supervision on placement. More About Author

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