‘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 takes 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 books 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.
Fulfilling the university process within a placement
This chapter will support the social work student to understand how to successfully engage with the university processes that frame the placement and assess the student. It will work through the placement process and address how to successfully complete the placement application form, informal meeting, placement learning agreement meeting, direct observation, interim and final report and meeting. The remit here is to maximise learning through each procedure.