Undergraduate support –Social work degree
The Practice Learning Centre are currently providing twelve practice learning opportunities for BSW students on the degree in Social Work, six at level two and six at level three. At present, three qualified practice teachers are responsible for assessing student’s competence via the Practice Learning Centre. The PLC Manager is responsible for the supervision and auditing of Independent Practice Teachers who are sub contracted through the PLC.
The Practice Learning Centre offers a diverse and robust package of student support including a comprehensive 4-day induction covering roles and responsibilities, learning styles, child protection awareness and community/ demographic profiling. In addition, there are six themed support sessions provided covering; Domestic violence and MARAC, Case Conferencing, advocacy, values, stereotyping and prejudice, motivational interviewing and an input from statutory agency partners. Information sessions, supervision training and PLO planning sessions are provided for On Site Supervisors and Line Managers
The PLC manager contributes to the training and assessment of students prior to them commencing their placements in year 1 of their degree course. This is in partnership with the degree course provider University of Ulster and FE colleges and Queen’s University Belfast. This module is preparation for practice and enables students to seek advice, support and preparation prior to the practice learning opportunity.
The PLC Manger is involved in partnership with the Universities in interviewing potential social work degree students.
The PLC Manger is involved in supporting newly qualified social workers to complete their assessed year in practice (AYE) in the voluntary sector. The PLC provides post qualifying training teaching on the IPD programme (Initial Professional Development programme) the IAR-Individual assessment route and the new PiPs Professional in Practice programme.
All these routes are to allow felxibility in learning and create opportunities for qualified staff in the voluntary sector to achieve requirements in the NISCC post qualifying framework.
The PLC’s also supervise and assess on the Northern Ireland Practice Teachers Training Programme and Research Methods.
Bryson Care and CareWest Mangers also have representation for the voluntary sector on various assessment panel and boards.
Conferences/Research and Development
The practice learning centre managers have presented and attended conferences for social work education. The purpose of this is to promote the work being achieved within the voluntary sector. For example the focus for 2 conferences in 2014/2015 was the ‘Relationship based approach’ which highlights a model of practice learning in the voluntary sector. Siobhan Wylie and Cheryl McMullin presented at Strathclyde University Connections Conference and University Holloway, London.
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