SW5W02 - Social Work Practice Learning 1 (2020/21)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2020/21|
|Module title||Social Work Practice Learning 1|
|Module level||Intermediate (05)|
|Credit rating for module||60|
|School||School of Social Professions|
|Total study hours||600|
|Running in 2020/21||
Social Work Practice Learning one provides experiential learning opportunities to integrate theory with practice, to demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour and relationships, to develop professional values and gain working knowledge of organisational contexts. It also aims to provide opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills required for practice with individuals, families, carers, groups and communities.
It provides the first opportunity for students to practise in social work under supervised conditions, develop skills and enable the student to make progress towards meeting the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency (SOP).
Prior learning requirements
Successful completion of module SW4006 (Communication, Skills and Values module)
The student will undertake a minimum of 70 days within the agency under the direct supervision of a practice educator who will allocate work in relation to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) qualifying level. A planned induction should be provided to the student and learning activities should include:
Opportunities to visit related agencies; undertake direct work with service users with guidance and support. L.O 3, 4
Attend team meetings and work alongside professionals from different disciplines. L.O 2, 3, 4
Utilise opportunities to gain a critical understanding of the role of the agency within its organisational and legal context. L.O 1, 2
Students will be provided with an appropriately qualified practice educator and the practice educator will provide the student with 1.5 hours of formal supervision per week. L.O 1, 2
Students on placement are allowed an equivalent of 0.5 hours per placement day for reflective learning. L.O 2, 3
The placement will be governed by a learning agreement drawn up by the practice educator, practice supervisor, student and a placement tutor from the University. L.O 3, 4
The placement tutor will also meet with the practice educator and student at the midway stage. L.O 1, 2
Practice learning will be dependent on the individual circumstances and learning opportunities available in each placement. This will be related to specific service user groups, for example older people, children and families, people with mental ill health, people with disabilities. L.O 2, 3, 4
The placement will be governed by a learning agreement drawn up by the practice educator, practice supervisor, student and the placement tutor. The placement tutor will also meet with the practice educator, practice supervisor and student at the midway stage. L.O 3, 4
A practice placement handbook provided to both student and practice educator gives detailed information about placement requirements and processes.
L.O 1, 2, 3
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Evidence of practice capability will come from the practice educator as well as from the student. Students will be provided with variety of different teaching and assessment models, including a minimum of three direct observations of their practice.
The 1.5 hours of formal supervision per week should include reflection on the student’s progress towards meeting the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).
The placement will be governed by a learning agreement drawn up by the practice educator, practice supervisor, student and a placement tutor from the University at the beginning of the placement. The placement tutor will also meet with the practice educator/practice supervisor and student at the midway stage. The final portfolio will be submitted at the date agreed by the student, the practice educator, practice supervisor and the placement tutor.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
1. Recognise the role of the professional social worker including the importance of personal presentation, team work, organisational structure, attitude and behaviour and use supervision to guide development based on practice experience.
2. Identify key legislation, national and local policies and procedures relevant to practice, within a context of anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice as well as the authority of the social work role.
3. Demonstrate awareness and the ability to apply specifically the principle of working in partnership with service users and carers to achieve user-focussed practice within a rights perspective.
4. Recognise the importance of professional leadership and the value of sharing and supporting the learning and development of others and provide evidence of Progress towards meeting the Professional Capabilities Framework(PCF) BASW
There are two summative assessment strategies for this module, and this is made up of a practice study and a placement portfolio. The student must pass both assessments.
• The first component is a 3,000-word practice study which will be a critical evaluation based upon the student’s practice working with a service user. This is weighted at 100%.
• The second component will be the compilation of a placement practice portfolio that includes (but not limited to):
- A critical reflection diary completed by the student
- Evidence from the direct observations of the student’s practice
- Feedback from professionals and or colleagues within the agency
- Feedback from service users/carers
- The assessment of the student’s practice capability against the PCF at the level required at the end of the first placement made by the practice educator
- A written report from the practice educator outlining the student’s progress to demonstrate capability in relation to the PCF
- The practice educator will be required to conclude their report with the recommendation of either a Pass/Fail.
Burton, J. (2016) Practice Learning in Social work. Palgrave
Thompson, N and Thompson S. (2008) The Social Work Companion. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
British Journal of Social Work
Child and Family Social Work
British Association of Social Workers - is the largest association representing social work and social workers in the UK and is now the guardians of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). http://www.ingentaconnect.com/