Social Work Placement 1
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This paper, with the addition of SOCWK400, meets the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) standards for the BSW professional degree. The SWRB requires each student to complete 120 days of field education in their social work degree.
This first 60-day fieldwork placement in a social service agency enables students to start their practice development with a view to reaching a level of graduate competence (as prescribed by SWRB) by the end of the second placement. Under supervision, students will initiate, develop and sustain relationships with clients, individuals, families, groups, and organisations. They will develop a conceptual framework for intervention, plan and contract client intervention, implement interventions, build and maintain agency relationships and comply with agency policies, thereby fulfilling a role as a beginning social worker.
The learning from this paper is based on field education in a social services related organisation. Students will be allocated a placement which they must attend for 60 days (this might be negotiated for some placements). Students are required to attend workshops on the university campus as part of this paper, prior to placement and following the end of the placement. These compulsory university days are not considered to be part of your 60 days of supervised practice. Students will also be recalled for one day during the placement for a supervision workshop. Students will have field-based supervisors. In some situations, where there is not a registered social worker at the field placement organisation, an additional clinical supervisor will be contracted.
The total hours for this paper are approximately 500 hours.
- Fieldwork placements are to be considered a full-time activity, that is, 37-40 hours per week of supervised practice. This means that students should work no less than 7.5 hours as a working day (not including breaks) on placement.
- Students are required to work agency hours and complete 60 days of supervised practice, this includes 2 - 3 hours per week for reflective writing.
- Successful completion of the paper will require additional time for study and assignment preparation over and above your fieldwork placement hours of work
- To enable placements to proceed, it is essential that all students complete the Children's Act Risk Assessment Questionnaire and the social work programme police vetting process.
- It is compulsory for all students to attend and contribute to the fieldwork placement visits by the University of Waikato Fieldwork Placement Coordinator
- This paper has 13 hours of compulsory class contact time in the form of pre and post-placement workshops. Additionally, there will be a mandatory mid-placement supervision workshop, this will be part of the placement hours. It is compulsory for students to attend the pre, mid and post-placement workshops
- It is compulsory for all students to attend the Mahara pre-placement workshop
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Linked to the following assessments:
- understand and, where possible, apply to practice all aspects of the social work process (assessment, plan, intervention, review, discharge) as relevant to the placement agency
- understand and apply to practice the principles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi to work appropriately with Māori
- communicate effectively and professionally using a range of mediums
- practice in accordance with social work values and ethics
- understand and apply critical theory and analysis as relevant to the purpose and role of the placement organisation, and its relationship to the broader social, economic, cultural and political contexts.
- identify and apply to practice social work theories and relevant theoretical perspectives in practice situations
- adopt a socially just approach, working respectfully and inclusively with a range of people in a variety of settings
- critically reflect on the use of self alongside practice issues, using supervision as a tool.
Practice capability will be assessed for SOCWK300 in the following manner.
- Each of the three assessment tasks must all be successfully completed to pass this paper, as per the paper outline.
- There are several components to each of these assessments, which help you achieve the learning objectives/practice requirements for this paper.
- This paper grants a PASS or FAIL, there will be no grade nor mark awarded.
- This paper is 100% internally assessed, and there is no examination. All assessment tasks, their grading criteria and feedback mechanisms will be discussed and distributed in the pre-placement workshop. The details will also be made available on Moodle.
- Field placement grades (PASS or FAIL) will be assessed by University of Waikato social work staff, supported by recommendations from the Field Educator/Supervisors.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.
Error: Assessment components must add up to 100%
At least one Assessment Component needs to be entered
|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Assignment 1: Placement documentation (Part I)||
|2. Assignment 1: Placement documentation (Part II)||
|3. Assignment 2: Online Critically Reflective Journal||
|4. Assignment 3: Oral Presentation||
Required and Recommended Readings*
- Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (2019) Code of Ethics. https://anzasw.nz/wp-content/uploads/Code-of-Ethics-Adopted-30-Aug-2019.pdf
- Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (2014). Practice standards. Enhancing competent social work practice. https://anzasw.nz/anzasw-social-work-practice-standards-information-and-publications/
- Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Journal. https://anzasw.nz/anzasw-social-work-practice-standards-information-and-publications/
- International Federation of Social Work (2018). Global social work statement of ethical principles.https://www.ifsw.org/global-social-work-statement-of-ethical-principles/
- Social Workers Registration Board (2016). Code of Conduct. http://www.swrb.govt.nz/complaints/code-of-conduct
- Social Workers Registration Board (2015). Supervision Expectations for Registered Social Workers. http://www.swrb.govt.nz/policy
Online support will be offered through the Moodle page for this paper.
See the 'ask your lecturer' forum and the 'peer support' forum.
The total hours for this paper are approximately 500 hours (45 points).
- Fieldwork placements are to be considered a full-time activity (unless part-time is negotiated), that is, 30-40 hours per week of supervised practice.
- Students are required to work agency hours, this means that students should expect to work a 7.5 hour day in the organisation in which they are placed completing 60 days of supervised practice, this includes 2 - 3 hours per week for reflective writing.
- Successful completion of the paper will require additional time for study and assignment preparation over and above your fieldwork placement hours of work.
- It is compulsory for all students to attend and contribute to the fieldwork placement visits by the University of Waikato Fieldwork Placement Coordinator.
- This paper has 20 hours of compulsory class contact time in the form of pre and post-placement workshops. It is essential that students attend these workshops
Linkages to Other Papers*
Prerequisite papers: HMDEV340 or HDCO340; SOCWK302 or SOCW402; SOCWK303 or SOCW303; SOCWK306 and all required papers in Years 1 and 2 of the BSW specified programme. Admission to SOCWK300 is at the discretion of the Convenor of Social Work.
Restricted papers: SOCW200 and SOCW300