Practice learning (social work)

Practice Learning

The national arrangements for placements changed in September 2013 following recommendations made by the Social Work Reform Board.

Locally, Bristol's children's services have a long-standing partnership arrangement with the University of the West of England and Bristol University to provide placements for students.

Under the new national arrangements, students will undertake two placements - the first of 70 days (which will usually be in the Voluntary, Independent of Private sector) and a final placement of 100 days which must prepare students for the statutory aspects of a social worker's role. In practice, this means most child care social workers will only be offering final year placements in future.

What do practice educators do?

Practice educators supervise, teach and assess social work students whilst on placement. The Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) has replaced the National Occupational Standards as the tool used for assessment.

How do I become a practice educator?

Before offering a placement it is essential that you complete the 5 day Managing Practice Learning (MPL) course. Please click on the link on the right for further information.

Date of next placement round:

UWE September 2014 - February 2015

UoB September 2014 - March 2015

Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS)

Once the student placement starts, any practice educators will need to be assessed against the PEPS. This is now a mandatory national requirement. The PEPS are divided into two stages.

Contact information

Children?s Workforce

4th Floor, Kenham House

Wilder Street

Bristol, BS2 8PD

Opening Hours


Tel: 0117 922 4598