‘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.
Writing your placement assignment
This chapter will provide generic advice on placement assignment writing, but also acknowledge variety across university placement assignments. It will look at the core themes that ask the student to write an assignment based on the ability to match an intervention to specified criteria; an assignment that asks the student to provide a case study that analyses theories and skills used; and an assignment that demands reflection on learning from placement. The style of assignment will vary, but the common theme will be an expectation for a more reflective style of writing. Therefore, this chapter will be usefully read in conjunction with Chapter 6. It will consider how to identify future learning needs and include them in ...