Social work placements

Social work placements

All our degree programmes offer students two statutory social work placements with opportunities to undertake practice learning in a range of services and settings related to statutory children’s and adults social work. Students undertake a 70 day placement followed by a 100 day placement and will work towards meeting the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework and the Knowledge and Skills Statements. Students at York University will also complete a 30 day placement in a non-statutory work setting.


“I was provided with a diverse range of working opportunities which have helped me
develop my skills and confidence and was given my own case load which was closely supervised by the PEC. In addition, I was supported throughout my placement with a good structured induction, frequent 1 to 1 supervision, a very supportive team and student support groups which were 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, which is largely due to the experience gained on my placement.”  Student Social Worker – University of York




Our FAQs provide more information about where you will complete your social work placement. As well as local authorities we recognise the value of gaining experience of working with community based private, voluntary and independent organisations and look to include some placement opportunities where these involve statutory social work tasks.


Placements are jointly arranged by our university placement leads and Practice Educator Consultants (PECs) to best support students’ identified learning and development needs. All students are supported by a Practice Educator; additional support is provided by PECs, work based supervisors and local authority workforce development teams. You will receive a comprehensive induction and be supported by a range of staff throughout your placement.