Social Work Placements

Opportunities for our students

All our degree programmes offer students two statutory social work placements.  You can apply and develop your knowledge, skills and values in a practice setting gaining experience of statutory social work.  Enabling you to work towards meeting the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework and the Knowledge and Skills Statements.  Students undertake a 70 day placement followed by a 100 day placement; in addition, students at York University also complete a 30 day placement in a non-statutory setting.

We recognise the value of gaining experience of working with community based private, voluntary and independent organisations.  Therefore we look to include placement opportunities in these settings which involve statutory social work tasks.

“I had my own case load, which was closely supervised by the PEC, and a diverse range of opportunities to develop my skills and confidence.  I received a good structured induction, frequent 1 to 1 supervision, a very supportive team and student support groups organised and run by the PEC” Student Social Worker – University of Huddersfield



“I feel ready to begin working as a social worker and feel competent to do so, largely due to the experience gained on my placement.”  Student Social Worker – University of York


For more information about social work placements see our Frequently Asked Questions.

To find out more about our students placement experiences read the case studies below:

Start your journey today, see our social work degree pathway.  Watch the Being a Social Worker films to hear from some of our current Social Workers on why they chose the profession, their experiences of studying and working in the partnership.

Our support for you

Placements are jointly arranged by our university placement leads and Practice Educator Consultants (PECs) to best support students’ identified learning and development needs.  Students will receive a comprehensive induction, are supported by a Practice Educator and a range of staff especially PECs, work based supervisors and local authority workforce development teams.

Students on placement can access the local authorities and teaching partnerships learning and development opportunities.  They can also access past events, presentations and related materials in addition to resources on current topics.

Our partnership’s approach to placements

The documents below contain guidance and information on the roles and responsibilities of those involved and the protocols that have been agreed for the allocation and management of placements.