6 thoughts on “Placements and PQ – GSCC reports on Social Work Education

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  3. What are statutory placements? We don’t have “types” of placements here in Canada that need to be covered, just the number of hours. You can do it wherever you like, provided there is an BSW (if that is the level you are at) or an MSW to supervise you. Here at the children’s hospital, we are considered a prime placement site. As we are also considered a prime work site (some of the best pay, benefits even part-time and personally, I really, really like the atmosphere). Approximately two years ago, (I can’t believe it was that long ago) the provincial government decided to combine all the health regions into one super region. And, cut the budget at the same time. I’m not sure we had any students at all because none of us were sure that we would have a job at the end of it. Fortunately that time is gone (and a few managers) as we can start looking at students again. But I do understand where you are coming from.

    • Hi Carolyn
      Statutory placements usually take place in government organisations – most commonly local authorities but also in hospitals or other NHS services. They are distinct from voluntary organisations or private companies. As almost all social work jobs in the UK are in these ‘statutory’ settings, they are seen as the best preparation for work.

  4. can only go of my own patch but if anything we have more not less students the LA likes the money. So far no non social workers been put in for AMHP course and it’s a huge trust and from what we hear they have no intention of doing so with the cuts i can’t see this changing what benefits does it give them?

    • Seems things are a bit different for you then! Actually, the story about the AMHP training came via a friend in a different Trust from me. With us, it is still almost all social workers with one or two nurses. Apparently though, the person who runs the training course I did said they are having a lot more non-social workers on their courses. Perhaps it varies on a Trust by Trust basis.
      As for students, we get the choice of whether to take them or not. I don’t want anyone coming into a team when there is so much uncertainty around. It is not a good place to be at the moment, extra money or no extra money! I am hopeful that things will have settled in a few months.

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