All social work students are required to undertake a 70 day first placement. Your first placement will enable you to learn more about yourself as a learner and as a developing professional, and will offer opportunities for you to develop the skills you need to progress to the next level (see End of First Placement: Student PCF Descriptors).
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The degree in social work is the standard UK qualification for those seeking to work as social workers. It was introduced in England in 2003 and 2004, replacing the Diploma in Social Work.
Students are required to spend 200 days in practice learning. This should include three elements –
This module is the 70 day first placement.
During the first placement students will acquire ‘professional capabilities’ across 9 ‘domains’ at the level appropriate to the End of First Placement. Details are at:
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End of placement report
Students receive feedback from their Practice Educator as part of the report writing process. Students are informed about their grade (P/F) within 4 weeks of submission.
Lomax, R. (2010) Surviving your social work placement. New York : Palgrave Macmillan.