Contact us at SWA-Students@gloucestershire.gov.uk
Gloucestershire Children’s Services has a good record of providing final placements for students from a range of universities, mainly the University of Gloucestershire, but also the University of Bristol, the University of the West of England, the University of Worcester, Heart of Worcestershire College, the University of Bath and soon the Open University. This allows us to recruit students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Managers create a team culture of learning, support, and challenge. Student Social Workers are able to demonstrate their ability and bridge theory with front line experience, developing core values, ethics, and skills.
Managing the student workload
Stage 1: Induction – This will last around two weeks. No children will be allocated to you and you will spend your time shadowing members of the team and going on visits.
Stage 2: Introductory phase (to mid-point review) – A focus on learning: You will have a small caseload which will gradually increase. At this point emphasis is on learning the processes of assessment, planning, intervention and review, and the art of creating relationships and direct work with children. You will also be developing empathic and authoritative relationships with parents, carers and wider family; developing a clear understanding and ability to analyse risk and implement interventions to reduce risk; liaising with a range of professionals, critically reflecting on and analysing information; learning to write assessments and reports; and being a positive advocate for the profession within families and in professional contexts.
Stage 3: From the mid-point review, the caseload should rise to a maximum of 10 and the student should work increasingly autonomously, developing organisational and decision-making skills.
Stage 4: Towards the end of the placement, (weeks 18-20) there should be a reduction in workload and no new allocations, allowing the student to consolidate their learning, and complete their portfolio.
For more information see the Student Workload Policy and Students in Difficulty Policy