Increasing social work clinical placement capacity: investigating enablers and barriers impacting on social workers' preparedness to take students on placement.
By Joanne Clarke, Kayleigh Ellis and Simon Tully.
Social work placements are large and compulsory components of all entry-level social work degrees in Australia (BSW and MSW (Q)). Social work students are linked with an individual social worker who is responsible for the student's on site learning, supervision and assessment. With increasing numbers of social work students enrolled in universities, high quality placements are continually being sought by universities. Enhancing capacity for student placements is therefore an ongoing challenge. This reports examines the enablers and barriers to social workers taking students on placement. The findings from a series of focus groups and individual interviews held with staff working in both the inpatient and community health teams of the Sydney Local Health District Mental Health Service (SLHDMHS) in Sydney's Inner and Inner West indicate that a support network for both students and supervising staff is a key indicator of a positive placement. Both individual student and worker factors also rate highly as influencing determinants to the enablers and barriers associated with the supervisor role.
- Dr Joanne Clarke, Director of Field Education Lecturer, Social Work and Policy Studies Faculty of Education and Social Work
- Simon Tully, District Senior Social Worker, Mental Health Service, Concord Centre for Mental Health.
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