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The role of practice educators in initial and post qualifying social worker education

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>17/08/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Social Work Education
Issue number6
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)706-718
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date16/05/16
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Doctoral research into competence for social work practice engaged with 17 participants who drew upon their experiences of being practice educators and registered social work practitioners and the analysis of data suggested they identified a difference between competence to pass a final placement and capability for social work practice. Baseline social work knowledge, skills and values will enable a student to pass a final placement however, research data suggest that the individual’s approach to learning, emotional intelligence and resilience give confidence that they are more likely to be able to cope in a social work role. Practice educators intuitively recognise these characteristics and this article argues that in addition to working with students, practice educators are ideally situated to support individuals throughout their post qualifying social work learning journey.