‘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.

Cultivating a relationship with service users and carers

Cultivating a relationship with service users and carers

Cultivating a relationship with service users and carers

This chapter will ask the student social worker to reflect on the importance of the service user (and carer) within their social work placement. It will focus on keeping the service user central to their learning and practice development. It will ask the student social worker to consider the impact of self on the service user, and will conclude with an exploration of gathering service user feedback.

Placement Perspective 4.1

Service users’ perspectives on the importance of their relationship with a social work student

I always judge a social work student by whether I would welcome them into my home. A trusting relationship is so important; if I can’t trust you I ...

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