Hello, my name is Alison Rawlins and I am a Practice Educator Specialist.

My passion is in mentoring and enabling colleague’s development, supporting pre-qualifying students undertaking work based placements in the City Council and post qualified colleagues completing Practice Educator training.

I work closely with local Universities and the D2N2 Teaching Partnership to improve the quality of professional social work training.  Below is a brief summary of routes into the social work profession and how the Council will support you in your development to becoming a Social Worker.

Routes into Social Work

Social Work is a graduate degree profession requiring completion of either a 3-year BA, 2 year MA or a new Department of Education fast track programme such as Step Up to Social Work.  The Council is member of D2N2 Teaching Partnership, which works closely with local Universities of Nottingham, Derby and Nottingham Trent.  You will find further information of available degree programmes on their individual websites.  All the above courses provide a generic teaching programme to enable qualification to work in all areas of Children’s and Adult social care. 

Qualification as a social worker

Once having embarked on a degree programme, students will complete two work based placements of 80 and 90 days respectively. All Universities are dependent upon employers to provide opportunities for students to learn in the workplace.

Practice placements are pivotal in the enabling development of the skills, knowledge and values required for contemporary frontline practice and in ensuring effective practice with Citizens.  You will learn from the most competent practitioners, gaining first-hand experience of working with children and their families, whilst being closely supervised and mentored by an experienced member of staff.  Your development will be assessed against the Professional Capabilities Framework in each placement, to confirm your readiness for qualified practice.

I would encourage you to gain experience of social work in a variety of different settings and help develop a good understanding of how social work operates across different departments within the Council. Your University and Social Work England will provide further guidance in choosing your placements.

Graduating from University will mean you become a Newly Qualified Social Worker, but the learning does not stop there!  You will progress on to our highly rated ASYE programme – read on to find out how you will be supported by the Council to consolidate and hone your skills to become an effective Social Worker.

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