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Practice Educator and Practice Assessor Preparation and Support

Practice Educator and Practice Assessor Preparation and Support

Practice Educator/Practice Assessor Training

Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) for Social Work - Training and Endorsement Guidance

The Social Work Reform Board (2015) made the decision that social work students should be assessed on placement by a practice educator/practice assessor who has met the learning outcomes set out in the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS). These standards set out requirements at two stages, commensurate with the different levels of complexity and responsibility in teaching, assessing and supervising social work degree students. The British Association of Social Work updated the PEPS in July 2019 as BASW England Practice Education Professional Standards for social work (PEPS) 2020.

Social Work England (SWE) Training and Education guidance (2019) states "Practice educators must be appropriately prepared to support learning and assess learners effectively. All new practice educators should be trained and have regular refresher training and support." (Guidance on Qualifying and Training Standards, 5.6). SWE states that "Practice educators should be registered and practising social workers. The role and responsibilities of the practice educator are set out in the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) for social work refresh published by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) in July 2019."

Please note - Social Work England and the PEPS standards apply to Practice Assessors assessing Degree Apprenticeship students, as well as to Practice Educators assessing students on the BA Social Work and Master's in Social Work programmes.

Social Work Practice Educator and Practice Assessor Training Course - 2022/23 Course dates

Our practice educator /practice assessor courses are designed to help you teach, train, supervise, assess and mentor others who are involved in learning and development activities. This course is for you if you are an experienced, Registered Social Worker with a minimum of two years' post-qualifying experience when the Practice Educator / Practice Assessor course commences, and you want to take on the practice educator /practice assessor role for organisations who provide social work placements for Sheffield Hallam University or which are sponsoring a degree apprenticeship social work student. The University places the majority of its BA Social work and Master's in Social Work students in South Yorkshire and North east Midlands. The course content is mapped to the requirements of both PEPS 1 and PEPS 2.

This year (2022/23) the Practice Educator/ Practice Assessor course will be delivered as follows

Course 1 (online) - Cost £160 for the three-day course

  • Tuesday 22 November 2022, 09.30am-3.30pm
  • Tuesday 29 November 2022, 09.30am-3.30pm
  • Tuesday 6 December 2022, 09.30am-3.30pm
 

Course 2  (face to face on Sheffield Hallam University, Collegiate Campus) - Cost £180 for the four-day course

  • Wednesday 1 March 2023, 09.30am-3.30pm
  • Wednesday 8 March 2023, 09.30am-3.30pm
  • Wednesday 15 March 2023, 09.30am-3.30pm
  • Wednesday 22 March 2023, 0930am-3.30pm
 

A certificate is issued after complete attendance of all course days. Any missed days will need to be attended before the candidate can be considered as having completed the course. Any partially completed days will be considered as missed days and will need to be attended as such to ensure that the candidate has completed the course.

To enquire about booking a place on the Practice Educator /Practice Assessor Training Course, please apply to the Academic Administration Team by e-mail to alliedhealth@shu.ac.uk. A member of the team will let you know if there are any places available on the course, and will e-mail you an application form if there are. Spaces are limited on the course and are often filled quickly. It is recommended that you complete your booking as quickly as possible.

For more information about the Practice Educator / Practice Assessor course please contact:

On-site Work Based Supervisor/ Mentor Training Course - 2022/23

Our one-day on-site work based supervisor/mentor training course is for you if you want to become an on-site practice supervisor/mentor for organisations who provide social work placements for Sheffield Hallam University or which are sponsoring a degree apprenticeship social work student. The University places the majority of its BA Social work and Master's in Social Work students in South Yorkshire and North-East Midlands.

This year (2022/23) the Work Based Supervisor/Mentor Training Course will be delivered online as follows

  • Wednesday 26 April 2023, 09.30am-3pm

The course fee for 2022/23 is £60.00

For more information about Work Based Supervisor/Mentor training, please contact:

To enquire about booking a place on the On-site Work Based Supervisor/Mentor Training Course, please apply to the Academic Administration  Team by e-mail to alliedhealth@shu.ac.uk. A member of the team will let you know if there are any places available on the course, and will e-mail you an application form if there are. Spaces are limited on the course and are often filled quickly. It is recommended that you complete your booking as quickly as possible.

Practice Educator/Placement Supervisor Updates - Pre-Registration Social Work Programmes (BA Social Work, Masters in Social Work, Degree Apprenticeship Social Work)

Arrangements for our next Practice Educator/Placement Supervisor and University Placement Tutor briefing will be advertised on this site

The following Core areas must be included in all Practice Educator/Placement Supervisor updates:

  • Social Work England professional standards
  • Overview of the students' university programme
  • Assessment process that occurs in practice
  • Process to follow when a student is failing to progress
  • How to access placement information websites for key information and SHU contacts
  • How to access placement information websites for key information about support available to Mentors/Practice Educators/Supervisors in their role in supporting the students
  • Where SHU placement learning policies are housed on the SHU placement learning websites
  • Processes for escalation of concerns, and the essential need for the placement provider to communicate with the university about any incidents or accidents or concerns

Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), Post-Registration programme

Please refer to the AMHP Course and Practice Handbooks for guidance.  Contact Alan Marshall for further information.

Resources for Practice Educators

The Department of Social Work, Social Care and Community Studies Research Cafe

  • September 2017 (PDF, 259.9KB) - here you can find Ignazia Bartholini, Senior researcher – University of Palermo's presentation on The intimate enemy: Gender violence between Public Emancipation and Private Oppression of Love. Models of prevention.
  • November 2018 (PDF, 1.5MB) - here you can find the presentation by Marti Taru, Researcher - Tallinn University, Youth work: Impacts and role in society.
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