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.
#valuinginvolvement The Experts by Experience Group are currently working on a film which is aimed at tutors working in social work education. The film will share key messages about the value and importance of involving people with lived experience in social work education, as well as top tips for how to do this well. If…Read More
#valuinginvolvement We are delighted to announce the upcoming NESWA EXPERTS BY EXPERIENCE CONFERENCE which will take place on the 27th March, 2019. Please save the date! More details to follow soon… If you are interested in being involved in the conference planning committee then please contact: Sarah Lonbay (Sarah.Lonbay@Northumbria.ac.uk/ 01912156771) Northumbria University NEWCASTLE Download flierRead More
Family Support Team – Adult Inpatient Unit30 hours per week to be worked over 4 days £ per annum pro rata Due to retirement we wish to appoint an experienced social worker to work within the existing multidisciplinary team. The successful candidate will work directly with patients with life limiting conditions as part of the…Read More
This week I took part in one of the NESWA Masterclasses. Delivered by Dr Norman McClelland from Northumbria University and with input from Helen Casey at the Open University who talked about the Inside Out Programme at HMP Durham (https://www.dur.ac.uk/sociology/crim/insideout) and Lynne Dolphin (Senior Practice Development Officer / Principal Social Worker (Adults) Durham County Council)…Read More
In the new year (subject to the clearance of this appointment rules consultation), Social Work England will be advertising for a range of roles for social workers and other professionals including fitness to practise investigators, specialist advisers, case examiners and hearing panellists. Do watch out for those going live and share with your networks. Under the…Read More
Here at NESWA, we continue to try and develop as many opportunities for social workers in the North East to learn and develop their skills, participate in discussion and share best practice. A lot of social workers have already took advantage of some of these opportunities such as the ongoing KSS Briefing Sessions which we…Read More
The purpose of this research paper is to present the findings of a study considering the application of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Practitioners from a range of professions were recruited to provide their views of how to respond to a variety of scenarios. This included GPs, nurses, social workers, physio/occupational therapists and care…Read More
A social study into the impact of Universal Credit in the North East has been published in partnership by a number of North East Organisations, including Teesside University and Gateshead Council, who are formal partners of NESWA. The report goes into detail regarding the process of Universal Credit, which was introduced by government in April 2013…Read More
On Friday 16th November the United Nations rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philp Alston, published a report on his 2 week fact finding mission to the UK. He concludes that ‘despite being the world’s fifth largest economy, levels of child poverty are not just a disgrace but a social calamity and an…Read More
The Department of Health and Social Care have partnered with Skills for Care to launch a new campaign around recruitment into Adult Social Work. In adult social care, no two days are the same because supporting people of different ages, with different abilities and needs, means making a difference in all sorts of roles. You…Read More
This week I read the report that was published over the summer about a piece of research carried out by Bath Spa University with support from the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and Social Work Union (SWU). Ravalier, J. and Boichat, G. (2018) UK Social Workers: Working Conditions and Well-Being. Bath Spa University. The…Read More
Middlesbrough Council invites you to join them at their Social Work Practice Conference to celebrate social work in Middlesbrough. The conference will consist of 2 half day sessions beginning at 9am and 1pm at Acklam Green Centre, Middlesbrough TS5 4JS and includes: • Key note speaker Paul Nixon (Chief Social Worker, New Zealand) • Presentations…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!