20th June 2005




Social Work students at Hull’s two universities have worked for the past three years with youngsters in the city’s schools.


Now a special one-day conference will look more closely at the idea to see how the pioneering placement scheme can be developed.


‘Back to School for Social Work’ on Thursday 23rd June is being staged at the Ramada Jarvis International Hotel on Grange Park Lane in Hull.


The conference will provide an opportunity to consider the role social work can play in school and educational settings, with a particular focus on the practice learning opportunities they can provide for social work students undertaking qualifying training.


Speakers and workshop leaders will address the wider context of the interface between social work and schools and consider the experience in Hull over the past three years of placing students in schools and educational settings.


Each year around 20 students at the University of Lincoln work in practice in Hull primary and secondary schools, supported by a practice teacher and a link worker at Hull Social Services.


The students work with children on issues such as bullying, building self-esteem and behaviour management and also give individual counselling.


The keynote speaker will be Nigel Richardson, Executive Director of North Lincolnshire Social and Housing Services and social care advisor to the Victoria Climbie Enquiry headed by Lord Laming.


The conference begins at 10am and finishes at 4.15pm. It has been organised by the University of Lincoln, the University of Hull, Kingston-upon-Hull City Council Social Care and Health, Kingston-upon-Hull City Council Learning and Culture and the Government's Practice Learning Task Force


To book a place please call Jackie Houlton at the University of Lincoln on Hull (01482) 311421.


For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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