Planning and Implementing a Social Work in Schools Placement
This handbook is designed to establish social work field education placements in a NSW school setting. It is intended to provide information and guidance for university staff and school staff, as well as social work supervisors who will be supervising social work students.
The content can be used as a springboard for initiating helpful discussions between schools and universities with regards to how to establish and structure a social work field education placement. The University of New England has implemented this program very successfully and have titled such placements ‘Social Work in Schools (SWiS) placements’. The SWiS option is embedded within the overall UNE field education program.
Universities are encouraged to use this handbook to fit their unique university Field Education structures. This model has been very successful in both rural and metropolitan applications to date. Please notify us whenever you use the content of this handbook.
Field Education Handbook for Social Work in School (SWIS) Placements
This handbook is designed to support social work students who are undertaking a placement in a school setting, as well as provide information and guidance for supervisors who will be supporting them.
While this handbook is mainly targeted at social work students, it provides essential information to task supervisors in relation to what might be expected of a social work student, and of the school. It can be used as a springboard for initiating helpful discussions between social work students on placement and supervisors with regards to how to effectively structure a placement.
Key pages in the handbook are pp.13-27. They contain critical information about roles and activities in which social work students may be involved. School staff, who are hosting a social work student for the first time, should become familiar with these pages; especially as you navigate how to establish a SWiS student in the opening weeks.
Schools should use this document as an example. It is provided in an electronic format, which you are able to amend by inserting your school information to fit your unique situations. This resource may be a helpful addition to your current school staff handbook, which some schools have made available to social work students.
Universities are encouraged to do the same and insert their unique university field education structures, contacts and requirements into the handbook.