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Enhancing practitioner-led education in social work: developing a secondment project

Cavener, John, Phillips, Carrie and Shenton, Felicity (2020) Enhancing practitioner-led education in social work: developing a secondment project. Social Work Education, 39 (3). pp. 350-361. ISSN 0261-5479

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This paper illustrates the development of a secondment project designed to enhance practitioner-led social work education in a Higher Education Institution. The project was developed as part of a Teaching Partnership initiative to establish joint working and standardized approaches to social work education between Higher Education Institutes and Local Authorities across a UK region. Highlighted is how the project utilized a six-stage strategy designed to gather information to produce an evidence-base to support the implementation of a pilot practitioner secondment arrangement. The paper discusses strategies used to gather information from a range of stakeholders to inform the project, the project outcome and some considerations for future secondment arrangements. Contributing to a limited source of literature, challenges and limitations of developing formal secondment arrangements and delivering practitioner-led education in Higher Education Institutes are highlighted. This paper will assist Higher
Education Institutes and Local Authorities in the design and implementation of formal secondment arrangements where these are identified as in need of development.

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Depositing User: Carrie Phillips


Item ID: 13845
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ISSN: 0261-5479
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Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2022 13:25
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2022 13:25


Author: Carrie Phillips ORCID iD
Author: John Cavener
Author: Felicity Shenton

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Faculty of Education and Society


Social Sciences > Health and Social Care

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