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Guidance on practice placements

Learning environment

This guidance supplements the social work qualifying education and training standards 2020. In particular, this guidance is relevant to standard 2 which is about the learning environment.

The following provides more detail on what practice placements should consist of and makes suggestions for what a good practice placement might look like. It aims to help education providers understand how they can comply with our standards.

We recognise that providers have different curricula and structures and this guidance respects these differences.

We recommend that alongside this guidance, you read our guidance on:

  • education and training standards guidance

This provides general guidance on our qualifying education and training standards

  • the assessment of social work students

This provides guidance against standards 4.8, 4.9, 4.10, 4.11 and 4.12 and additional guidance against 3.9, 5.4, and 5.8.

This guidance is primarily for providers of social work courses and organisations that provide practice learning placements for social work courses. Social work students may also want to familiarise themselves with this guidance as it provides information about their placements.

View or download practice placements guidance

Last updated: 19 February 2020