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Student Placement Allocation Process

Details of the process for allocating you a placement can be found below. Placement provision is subject to change across the lifetime of the course as providers may change their placement offer for reasons beyond the university's control.  New areas may be added and existing areas may become unavailable.

The placement allocation process involves many different people, both inside and outside the University. The table below illustrates the full process, including who is responsible for what aspects of the allocation and placement confirmation process. All relevant forms and documents are also available here.

Students will be allocated to an audited placement within the placement circuit referred to at recruitment and during induction. The university works in partnership with placement providers to update students on the allocation and confirmation of placements. The placement allocation team will keep students updated via messages on blackboard regarding placement allocations. The university aims to provide confirmation of placement allocations 3 weeks before the commencement of the placement. Sometimes, in exceptional circumstances, placement information may be delayed; this is because of changes to placement capacity across the placement circuit. In such situations students may not be notified where they have been allocated to until shortly before they are due out on placement.

Once your placement has been made visible on blackboard you should contact the placement area that you have been allocated to and introduce yourself to them. Before contacting the placement area, please view information about individual placements on the Placement Providers page on this site.

Personal circumstances and placement allocation

If you feel you have mitigating circumstances that may influence your ability to attend placements these need to be considered during the placement allocation process. Below you will find an allocation review procedure and an accompanying form to complete if you would like your circumstances to be considered during the allocation process. You will also find a link to information for returning students if your ability to attend placement has changed.

  • Placement Mitigating Circumstances (PMC) Review Procedure
  • Placement Mitigating Circumstances (PMC) form

Statutory and non-statutory Social Work 

Statutory and non-statutory work experiences can be different in various sectors where Social Work is practised. The document below provides a brief description of the differences the student may experience while on placement .

Supervision and Assessment on Placement

Students will be supervised and assessed during their placement learning experiences by Practice Educators and Work Based Supervisors. Practice Educators are experienced Registered Social Workers who have completed an appropriate course of preparation for the supervision and assessment of students of social work followed by a development period under the guidance of a mentor, as required by the social work profession.

The university provides annual updates for Practice Educators to support their continuing professional development in the role.