20th July 2006

 

PLACEMENTS NEEDED FOR SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS

 

Could your organisation offer work placements to trainee social workers?

 

Students taking the new Social Work degree at the University of Lincoln are looking for opportunities for work placements in the county.

 

The Social Work degree was launched at the university’s Lincoln campus last September and is already proving extremely popular.

 

The university was one of 19 UK universities which began teaching the new Social Work degree at its Hull campus in 2003.

 

The main difference between the new degree and the old one is the amount of time students spend in practice placements – now students spend 200 days in practice compared to 130 days on the old course.

 

This means all students have to secure two 100-day work placements to be undertaken in their second and third years.

 

“These placements could be carried out in statutory settings such as local authorities and social services departments, or they could be working for children’s charities or care homes for the elderly,” said John McCavish, a senior lecturer in Social Work.

 

“We’re hoping to hear from organisations across the county who would be prepared to host a placement student.”

 

Placement providers could receive up to £28 per day for each student they host.

 

Social Work students at Lincoln study contemporary social issues, social care law, values and service user participation in their first year before working in practice under the supervision of an assessor in their second and third years.

 

“Our course has an excellent reputation nationally and over 90 per cent of our graduates are employed within six months in some kind of relevant job,” said Mr McCavish.

 

To find out more about social work placements call John McCavish on 01522 837036 or email jmccavish@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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