‘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.
Responding positively to constructive feedback
This chapter will reflect on how to respond positively when your practice educator provides you with constructive feedback. This may be that you need to address developmental areas to consolidate and enhance your practice, or it may be that the progress on placement is not going as planned. It will consider the expectations on a social work student, and what good enough practice is. It will offer advice throughout to the student, with a clear focus on the need to reflect on their own practice to enhance their holistic skills and capability, whilst utilising collaborative learning with the practice educator. The philosophy is to aid the reader to identify ways to avoid the placement situation ...