Helping to support and grow Our Social Work Students in the North East
Social Work England (SWE) have launched their first public consultation on Social Work England’s appointment rules, which form part of the legislative framework underpinning the work of the organisation. SWE will be the new, specialist regulator for all child, family and adult social workers in England. SWE will be an independent public protection body,…Read More
Anyone that knows me will be aware that I am not a fan of hot-desking, sorry agile working! This week I came across some interesting research on the subject. ‘Seeking Solitude & Distance from Others: Children’s’ Social Workers Agile Working Practices and Experiences Beyond the Office. Dharman Jeyasingham, British Journal of Social Work (2018) 0, 1-18.’…Read More
Social Work England is the new national body that is being developed to represent social work in England and they are asking for your views on its identity. “Hemingway Design has been appointed to develop a visual identity to communicate the mission of Social Work England.” However, the group are looking to collaborate with as many people…Read More
A short workshop, which aims to explore the position of the ‘older’ prisoner in relation to health and social care provision, recognising how people over the age of 60 are the fastest growing group in custody. Through the examination of Prison Reform Trust reports and documentation, as well as research, the workshop will examine the…Read More
Service User Co-Production and Participation in Mental Health – Tuesday 20th November, 9:00-12:00 Room 5, The Durham Centre, Belmont, Co. Durham, DH1 3TN Participation, user led, collaboration, co-production are all common terms used to describe the involvement of people in learning, teaching and research. This masterclass will explore the meaning of these around the blurring…Read More
NESWA has been developing a number of pieces of work that aim to ensure that the Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS) are firmly embedded within organisations that employ registered social workers. The new social work regulator Social Work England has already indicated that when it starts work next autumn it will be looking at how…Read More
NESWA can confirm that BASW North East Branch will host a seminar on the incoming Social Work England in the new year. It is anticipated that in 2019 Social Work England will be the new, specialist regulator for all child, family and adult social workers in England. Join BASW North East Branch, Skills for Care,…Read More
GAPS (Groups for the Advancement of Psychodynamics and Psychotherapy in Social Work) are hosting a free workshop in Newcastle this Friday!! (2nd November) Research shows that building the working alliance is central to successful social work, yet is sometimes difficult to achieve. This workshop sets out to develop participants’ skills in conducting purposeful social work…Read More
Within the field of social work, and every increasingly in modern society, the topic of mental health is debated with various focus such as work-based anxiety and stress, depression and suicide. With particular regards to the latter topic, often, many people who engage in the conversation feel ill-equipped and/or ill-informed to fully engage or understand…Read More
We are delighted to invite you to join your colleagues at the Annual study day for workforce development leads, principal social workers, commissioner’s et al who operate within the adults and children’s social care sector. This Learn to Care study event aims to provide information, support and networking opportunities through a blend of key note…Read More
Social Media plays a huge role in society today and often people are quick to post about their daily routines, opinions and work. Added to this, as part of a revised PCF document, social workers are expected to contribute to the positive image of social work through social media. However, it is important to be…Read More
Having recently completed the GDPR training I realised that it might be an excellent time to remind PEs that if the student has gone through an academic board at the end of their placement the documents relating to the placement need to be destroyed. They are no longer current or relevant. If you have been…Read More
Professor David Croisdale-Appleby - Revisioning Social Work Education: An Independent Review
Sir Martin Narey - Residential Care in England Report
Neil Thompson - Understanding Social Work (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
Pete Feldon - The Social Worker's Guide to the Care Act 2014 (Critical Publishing, 2017)
Melanie Parris - An Introduction to Social Work Practice (MH Education, 2012)
Barbra Teater - Contemporary Social Work Practice: A Handbook for Students (MH Education, 2014)
Liz Davies & Evelyn Kerrigan Lebloch - Communicating with Children and their Familes: Responding to Need and Protection (MH Education, 2013)
Vivienne Cree - Becoming a Social Worker (Routledge, 2013)
British Association of Social Work (BASW) - www.basw.co.uk
Social Work England - www.socialworkengland.org.uk
Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) - www.hcpc-uk.co.uk
International Federation of Social Work (IFSW) - www.ifsw.org
Community Care - www.communitycare.co.uk
One Stop Social - www.onestopsocial.co.uk
Skills For Care - www.skillsforcare.org.uk
Critical Publishing - www.criticalpublishing.com
National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) - www.nice.org.uk
Guardian Social Care Network - www.theguardian.com/social-care-network
- Admissions consists of three components: A Group Discussion, An Individual interview and written test
- Be aware of key legislation and documentation for the profession i.e. the Professional Capabilities Framework and Key Skills Statements
- During the group discussion element, be mindful of others but be positive in expressing your own views and contributing to the conversation
- The individual interview panel will consist of a member of university/college staff and either a service user/carer or practitioner
- Be mindful of your own strengths and weaknesses
- Be prepared to talk about personal or professional experiences you have faced. Perhaps develop a few examples either in your mind or written down before the Admissions process.
- Be yourself! - It's important that whilst you demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the subject matter, staff want to see you as a person and how your natural reaction affects discussions. Your personality is vital to your social work practice.
- Don't be disheartened if you are unsuccessful on the first attempt, for some candidates, having that experience helps build resilience which is a key component of social work life.
For further guidance and advice, make sure to undertake your own research online as there are lots of fantastic blogs and articles on this subject area such as this handy guide at One Stop Social.
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Aside from all the studying that you'll be doing as a student and information to take on board in relation to your courses, the issue of money is also a big concern for students.
On this page, we have tried to provide handy links to useful information and guidance all things regarding cash, student loans, grants and everything else to do with pounds and pennies!
It is important to recognise that student finance is the responsibility of the student so it is in YOUR best interest to take the time to read up on these things. Of course, your university/college will be there to offer support in these things and we've included some handy advice specifically from them too!