Helping to support and grow Our Social Work Students in the North East
Here at NESWA we are keen to help to develop the next generation of social workers in the North East.
We want to showcase why people should be encouraged to become a social worker, what this entails and what support is available. We also want to promote inclusivity in terms of admissions and programme support as well as next steps once a student completes their studies.
As we're based in the North East, we want to promote the region as a place to live, work and play. The region is home to fantastic opportunities for social work, whether you are studying to become a social worker, you have just qualified or even if you're simply thinking about which course to enrol on.
Please take the time to have a look at the information on offer and make sure to ask plenty of questions - There's no such thing as a stupid question. You can even ask us here at NESWA at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Twitter.
We are trying to increase and improve the involvement of service users, carers, and people with lived experience in social work education. There are lots of opportunities for you to be involved in: • Student recruitment and interviews • Teaching student social workers • Assessment processes • Programme management We would welcome you to attend…Read More
“Promoting Practice Educators as Co-Educators” 22nd March 2019 – The Dryden Centre, Gateshead Presentations – Morning Presentations – Afternoon Handouts Speaker Lilian Adani – Practice Educator Lilian is a social worker in an adult learning disabilities team. Originally from Zimbabwe, Lilian will offer a perspective about the needs of BME students on placement.Read More
In May 2017 I took up my new post as Project Manager for NESWA with excitement, nervousness and huge ambition for the project. My 2 colleagues Helen Woolley and Glenn Dunnett had already been appointed as Regional Placement Co-Ordinator and Project Administrator respectively and had started a couple of weeks ahead of me. We had…Read More
BASW England is compiling a response to the government consultation regarding mandatory training for health and social care professionals working with adults who have learning disability and/or autism. In order to contribute to the response please complete the online survey available at: https://www.basw.co.uk/media/news/2019/mar/basw-survey-government-consultation-training-understand-needs-people-learningRead More
To celebrate World Social Work Day 2019, CareKnowledge are giving away 4 prizes of £25 Amazon vouchers as well as 6 months of unlimited access to CareKnowledge and MyCPD to 4 extraordinary social workers in the UK. “Celebrate World Social Work Day with CareKnowledge by nominating your colleague or peer! ! The theme of this…Read More
The government may have announced an extra £100 million police funding to tackle knife crime but the real solution lies in social responses, says Wayne Reid, a BASW England professional officer with experience of working in criminal and youth justice Read full story >Read More
The outgoing NESWA Team is delighted to be able to confirm that we have secured an additional £280K funding from the DfE to support the development of a Sustainability Plan. Priorities over the coming weeks will include: the review of governance and structures, including greater alignment with existing forums and networks, and consideration of sub-regional…Read More
The 2019 world social work day highlights ‘Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships’. World Social Work Day is on the 19th March 2019. It is the key day in the year that social workers worldwide stand together to celebrate the achievements of the profession and take the theme message into their communities, workplaces and to…Read More
New edition of our best-selling title for social workers coming soon! Writing Analytical Assessments in Social Work by Chris Dyke 176pp 2nd ed March 2019 ISBN 9781912508327 £21.99 Guides you through the principles of good writing and methodically shows you: how to analyse how to structure the process of writing an assessment (researching, chronologising, informed…Read More
In 2013, I was feeling a bit unwell, tired, bloaty, disinterested in some food, losing weight – it was easy to put this down to stress, busy lifestyle, food intolerances and no time to get to a GP or bother someone about it. It took being hit by a car – literally (car accident) for…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.
wanting to know about a specific course or place of study...click on one of the below and explore!
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!