The development of practice education for social work includes plans for a national framework for the development of the practice educators who have overall responsibility for a student's learning and assessment. The framework has been endorsed by the Social Work Development Partnership. It sets out learning outcomes which practice educators will need to meet to demonstrate that they are competent. It also defines expectations in relation to how they should be assessed and the qualifications and experiences which are required.

The framework has been designed to improve the quality of assessing and supervising student social workers on placement. The 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 standards are also relevant for those supporting and assessing PQ candidates, newly qualified social workers or others engaging in formal or informal learning and development activities.

Practice educator demonstration projects

HEIs and employers have been invited to develop local practice educator pathways in order to address any local issues such as accessibility and cost to employers, and are being given support and resources to ensure that the development of their practice educators are in line with the practice educator framework.

To find out more and to access the practice educator framework proposal, please visit the Skills for Care website.