As a social work student, you’ll have the opportunity to experience social work first-hand through placements. These are designed to give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge you have gained in classes in practice.
What can I expect to do on a social work placement?
This will be different depending on the role of the team you are placed with, but no two days are likely to be the same! As a student on placement, you’ll have opportunities to get involved with most practical aspects of the job, with support from qualified staff.
“On my placement, I got involved in most aspects of team activities – having contact with families, going to court, and shadowing a social worker.” – Student Social Worker, Burnley
What is the workload like?
Social work can be a challenging field, and good time management is important to get the most out of your placement. You won’t be handling a full caseload, but students on placement often adopt the same working hours as the team they’ve been placed with. You’ll also have to keep on top of the academic side of your course.
How will I be supported on my social work placement?
You’ll be working closely with your colleagues, so there will always be someone on hand to ask for advice. When it comes to frontline social work, you’ll be accompanied by a fully qualified social worker or practice educator who can provide support as well as helping you to reflect and learn from your experiences.
Our Counsellors on Placement:
- Gain therapeutic experience
- Receive free same-day supervision from our experienced mental health professionals, which helps them to reflect on their practice and work effectively, safely and ethically.
- Have access to a dedicated learning hub, with expert training materials and resources, as well as a community of peers.
- Have access to free clinical workshops on topics from attachment theory to diversity.
- Have the opportunity to gain a specialist qualification in Domestic Abuse alongside their placement, if they have trained or are training to work with adults.
- Many of our alumni tell us that their placement helped them get paid clinical work.
- Over half of our current staff started their careers on placement.