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Fri 7th September 2018

Enabling Learning in Practice: The Practice Educator Consultant Role

The quality of practice placements for students is critical to raising standards in social work education and delivering our vision of a workforce of well trained, competent and confident Social Workers who can meet the challenges of practice. To support this we have developed the Practice Educator Consultant (PEC) role to act as a bridge […]

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Mon 3rd September 2018

Reflections on the Placement Journey

Following last year’s Practice Educator (PE) masterclass, delivered by Siobhan Maclean, the Teaching Partnership invested in resources for PEs to use to encourage students to become more reflective as Social Workers. The resource toolkits include social work theory cards, reflective practice cards, the practice curriculum and a set of everyday, ordinary postcards that you may pick up on holiday, at an art […]

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Fri 11th May 2018

Question Time – World Social Work Day

Ahead of World Social Work day on Tuesday 20 March, two student social workers, Stephanie Wood and Gabrielle Gardner, met with City of York Council, Corporate Director for Health, Housing and Adult Social Care Martin Farran to find out what social work means to him. Gabrielle is working with the Customer access and assessment team at West […]

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Wed 13th December 2017

Computer game for social work students

Social work students will soon be able to use an immersive computer game to practice home visits and assessments.  The social work teaching partnership is supporting the creation of the digital resource which aims to provide an innovative and creative approach for students to develop assessment and communication skills.  The work is being led by the University of Huddersfield […]

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Fri 24th November 2017

Innovative approach to ensure social work students are practice ready

By Lesley Warnes, Care Proceedings Case Manager, Calderdale Council The University of Huddersfield with social work practitioners from Calderdale and Kirklees Councils held their ‘Skills Day’ event for final year students in October 2017. This event is a great example of how teaching and learning succeeds when agencies enter into a committed working relationship and […]

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Thu 2nd November 2017

Bringing Social Work Practice into the Classroom: The Lecturer Practitioner role

Two Social Workers from York and Calderdale Councils are bridging the gap between theory and practice through working as Lecturer Practitioners. This new role, developed by the partnership, offers practising Social Workers the opportunity to teach part-time on academic courses within our partner universities. A deeper learning experience for students Jennifer Cooper has joined the University of Huddersfield […]

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Wed 18th October 2017

New research into same-sex adoption and fostering

New research into gay and lesbian adoption and fostering by Dr Kate Wood at the University of Huddersfield, has highlighted a need for some professionals in fostering and adoption to rethink ideas of what constitutes family. Dr Wood’s latest article is titled Families beyond boundaries – in the journal Child and Family Social Work – and is the result of a series of 24 interviews with gay […]

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Thu 28th September 2017

Practice Educator Consultants improving social work skills and competency

The Yorkshire Urban and Rural Teaching Partnership now has 5 dedicated Practice Educator Consultants in place. Coming from a variety of backgrounds, they are highly skilled social work practitioners leading the way for supporting and developing our social workers across the partnership. Their aim is to: Deliver improvements in practice education, Develop placement opportunities in […]

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