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The OU has been teaching social work to students across the UK since 1997. We work in partnership with employers to deliver a work-based learning programme, through which their employees can be supported to train and qualify as social workers.

Having long-standing relationships with several of the local authorities in the North-East as well as organisations in the private, independent and voluntary sector, we’re excited by the potential to further enhance the experience of OU social work students in the region through the Alliance, such as opportunities to explore shared skills development and mentoring.

The OU route may be ideal for you if: you’re already working in the North East in a social care role, or a similar environment where you have regular interaction with people who use services, and are considering a career in social work.

Social Work - School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care

BASW & Social Work England – Appointment Rules Consultation

By Glenn Dunnett | November 13, 2018

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,…

Social Work on the Move

By Felicity Shenton | November 12, 2018

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.’…

Social Work England – Have Your Say on its Identity!

By Glenn Dunnett | November 6, 2018

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…

Prison – No Place for Old Men – Monday 10th December

By Glenn Dunnett | November 2, 2018

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…

Co-Production a Better Route to Impact? – Tuesday 20th November

By Glenn Dunnett | November 2, 2018

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…

NESWA Annual Appraisal Tool Mapped Against the KSS – Use it Today!

By Felicity Shenton | October 30, 2018

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…

Social Work England – What Difference will you See?

By Glenn Dunnett | October 30, 2018

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,…

Systems Centred Theory – Free Workshop for Social Work Practitioners & Students

By Glenn Dunnett | October 30, 2018

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…

Shining a Spotlight on Suicide Prevention

By Glenn Dunnett | October 30, 2018

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…

National Learn to Care Annual Study Day – 26th November

By Glenn Dunnett | October 29, 2018

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…

"I never believed I could achieve a qualification let alone a degree. I worked at my own pace and the support I was given throughout gave me the ability to succeed. I cannot thank the OU enough for making me achieve, what was in my eyes, unachievable."

Helping you get the best from your studies

Whether you’re studying for a qualification or a standalone module, make sure you read the description carefully and ask any additional questions you may have about what’s involved. This will ensure that you get the right level of support to make the best of your studies.

Some qualifications may be more accessible than others, depending on your specific needs, but we offer a comprehensive range of services to support you:

Accessible study materials

We provide a variety of formats to make printed texts, audio/visual content, interactive activities, or other online resources accessible

Specialist equipment

If you are not eligible for funding, our lending scheme can provide you with specialist equipment or software, enabling you to study at home, in tutorials, at day schools or residential schools.

Access to tutorials and day schools

We can help you with access and taking part in talking, listening, note-taking and group activities; or provide alternative arrangements if you are unable to participate.

Tailored assessment

If you're not able to sit an examination under standard conditions or you have difficulties with an assessment, we will make reasonable adjustments to suit your needs.

Residential schools support

A few courses have residential schools, which can be the highlight of OU study. We're committed to helping you attend and may be able to provide the support and facilities you need.

Financial help

If you're in the UK, you may be able to get Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) funding to help with study costs. You don't have to be registered disabled, and it's not age or income related.

 

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BASW & Social Work England – Appointment Rules Consultation

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…

Read More

Social Work England – Have Your Say on its Identity!

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…

Read More

Prison – No Place for Old Men – Monday 10th December

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…

Read More

NESWA Annual Appraisal Tool Mapped Against the KSS – Use it Today!

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…

Read More

Social Work England – What Difference will you See?

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…

Read More

Systems Centred Theory – Free Workshop for Social Work Practitioners & Students

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…

Read More

Shining a Spotlight on Suicide Prevention

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…

Read More

National Learn to Care Annual Study Day – 26th November

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…

Read More

An Introduction to Families, Drugs and Alcohol – Thursday 22nd November

Balance is offering a free one day accredited course delivered by Adfam, a national charity which improves life for families affected by drugs and alcohol,…

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NESWA’s Big BASW Update

As a Social Work Teaching Partnership, we always try to keep up to date with what is going on nationally and we remain in constant…

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