Practice Placement 1 - SO720

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Medway Autumn and Spring
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5 30 (15)







Students will attend placement for a total of 70 days (420 hours) and carry out direct work with service-users in a social work or social care environment. They will develop skills, knowledge and values through experiential learning. They will be supervised by either an on-site or off-site practice educator.
By the end of the first placement students should demonstrate effective use of knowledge, skills and commitment to core values in Social Work in a given setting in predominantly less complex situations, with supervision and support. They will have demonstrated capacity to work with people and situations where there may not be simple clear-cut solutions

Method of assessment

The module is assessed by completion of a Practice Assessment Portfolio. The student should complete a Weekly Placement Learning Record for discussion in supervision sessions. From the weekly Placement Learning Record, in consultation with the practice educator (PE) and on-site supervisor (OSS), significant evidence should be compiled and used for completion of elements of the portfolio, including reflective practice summaries of significant work undertaken.
The contents of the portfolio will comprise of the following:
Brief Introduction to the agency or agencies where the student has undertaken practice learning
Brief summary of student’s previous qualifications and experience
Copy of completed University Practice Learning Agreement
A minimum of four Reflective Practice Summaries (1000 words each in length)
At least two process recordings (using University guidelines)
Written feedback from a minimum of four direct observations
Practice Educator’s Interim and Final Report
Service user feedback
Student evaluation of placement
The portfolio assessment (100%), incorporating these various elements will demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes
PE’s include a Pass/Fail recommendation to the Board of Examiners in their final placement assessment report. Members of the programmes’ Practice Assessment Panel (a long standing and experienced group of PEs read all portfolios, including PE’s placement assessment reports, as part of their QA role, to verify that the evidence provided supports the PE’s recommendation).

Indicative reading

Recommended reading will include:
Banks, S. (2001) Ethics and Values in Social Work, London: BASW/Palgrave
Coulshed, V. & Orme, J. (1998) Social Work Practice: an introduction, London: BASW/Palgrave
Maclean, S. & Harrison, R. (2011) Theory & Practice, A Straightforward Guide for Social Work Students 2nd Edition, Litchfield: Kirwin Maclean Associates
Maclean S. & Harrison R. (2009) Making the Most of Your Practice Learning Opportunities, Rugeley: Kirwin Maclean Associates
Parker, J. and Bradley, G. (2003) Social Work Practice: Assessment, Planning, Intervention and Review, Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd
Thompson, N. (2001) Anti Discriminatory Practice 3rd ed, London: Palgrave Macmillan

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The principal intended learning outcomes for students are that on completion of the module, they will show practice competence at End of First Placement level of the Professional Capabilities Framework (College of Social Work 2012).
By successfully completing this module, students will:
11.1 Identify and behave as a professional social worker, committed to professional development. Including:
? Recognise the role of the professional social worker in a range of contexts
? Demonstrate professionalism in terms of presentation, demeanour, reliability, honesty and respectfulness
? With guidance take responsibility for managing their time and workload effectively
? Be able to show awareness of personal and professional boundaries
? With guidance recognise their limitations, and how to seek advice
? Recognise and act on own learning needs in response to practice experience
? Show awareness of own safety, health, wellbeing and emotional resilience and seek advice as necessary
? Identify concerns about practice and procedures and how they can be questioned
11.2 Apply social work ethical principles and values to guide professional practice. Including:
? Understand and, with support, apply the profession’s ethical principles
? Recognise and with support manage the impact of own values on profession practice. Identify and, with guidance, manage potentially conflicting values and ethical dilemmas
? Elicit and respect the needs and views of service users and carers and, with support, promote their participation in decision-making wherever possible
? Recognise and, with support, promote individuals’ rights to autonomy and self-determination
? Promote and protect the privacy of individuals within and outside their families and networks, recognising the requirements of professional accountability and information sharing
11.3 Recognise diversity and apply anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles in practice. Including:
? Understand how an individual’s identity is informed by factors such as culture, economic status, family composition, life experiences and characteristics, and take account of these to understand their experiences
? With reference to current legislative requirements, recognise personal and organisational discrimination and oppression, and identify ways in which they might be challenged
? Recognise and, with support, manage the impact on people of the power invested in their role
11.4 Advance human rights and promote social justice and economic well-being. Including:
? Understand and, with support, apply in practice the principles of social justice, inclusion and equality
? Understand how legislation and guidance can advance or constrain people’s rights
? Recognise the impact of poverty and social exclusion and promote enhanced economic status through access to education, work, housing, health services and welfare benefits
? Recognise the value of independent advocacy within the principles of human and civil rights and equalities legislation
11.5 Apply knowledge of social sciences, law and social work practice theory. Including:
? With guidance apply research, theory and knowledge from sociology, social policy, psychology, health and human growth and development to social work practice
? Understand the legal and policy frameworks and guidance that inform and mandate social work practice, relevant to placement setting
? Understand forms of harm, their impact on people, and the implications for practice
? Apply knowledge from a range of theories and models for social work intervention with individuals, families, groups and communities, and the methods derived from them
? Value and take account of the expertise of service users and carers and professionals
11.6 Apply critical reflection and analysis to inform and provide a rationale for professional decision-making. Including:
? Recognise the importance of applying imagination, creativity and curiosity to practice
? Inform decision-maki

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