Helen Woolley

It’s my last day on the teaching partnership today but it is also the start of the next phase and I would like to wish you well in all of your endeavours and share some of my reflections.  In social work, we often say the biggest indicator of future behaviour is what has gone on in the past.

In the past (2017-2019) we worked together tentatively to build deeper understanding and relationships, to disagree and compromise, to put together principles and processes to protect those in our community entitled to a social work service and those studying to become fantastic social workers.  We worked collaboratively together to raise the profile of social work practice education in LAs, PVIs, Trusts and communities. We tried to standardise our actions in the interests of simplifying the systems and the time taken to administer them.

We have a baseline from which we will grow and develop in equal partnerships where students, PEs, administrators, placement coordinators and tutors have a common understanding of how students gain access to placements and what should happen to them when they are on those placements.  I am inordinately grateful to the brilliance of staff within the north east who contributed to discussions, committee and events to shed light onto this system.  I know that it will continue to grow and develop and I wish you every success.  In the future we have committed to continuing to deliver on these regional standards and to develop them collectively.

Helen Woolley

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