‘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.
Many social work students are excited by the prospect of their placement, often citing that this is the opportunity ‘to do’ social work. This book will support you, the student, to develop an understanding that your placement is a learning opportunity which is so much more than doing: it should be underpinned by knowledge, skill and value development that will enable you to offer excellent interventions to service users and maximise your potential to develop into an effective and capable social worker.
Gill and Medd (2015: 12–14) suggest that students should make ‘each day relevant … (and) … meaningful’. This is great advice both in university and on placement. Embrace learning from every day and every learning opportunity. This is your learning experience: use it. ...