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Hampshire County Council welcomes requests for student Social Work placements and will make every effort to accommodate requests received.

However, acceptance will be dependent on a number of things, including and not limited to:
  • sufficient staffing
  • resource limitations within the placement area
  • demand for shadowing placements at any given time and allocations agreed with certain universities
  • Students must not work with close family or friends as this will not provide them with a realistic placement experience.
  • We do not encourage universities to approach Hampshire County Council teams directly, however, if this does occur the Professional Development Team should be contacted directly, to allow the process to be co-ordinated centrally. Contact the Professional Development Team direct.

If you are a university looking to place a student within HCC or an Operational team looking for more information, please contact the Professional Development Team directly

For further information on the placement process, please see our Placement Protocol Microsoft Word 229kB


Information for Universities

Hampshire County Council welcomes requests for student placements and will make every effort to accommodate requests received.

However, acceptance will be dependent on a number of things, including and not limited to:

  • sufficient staffing
  • resource limitations within the placement area
  • demand for shadowing placements at any given time and allocations agreed with certain universities.

Hampshire County Council have a commitment to provide placements to our three partner Universities in Hampshire :

  • Solent
  • Winchester
  • Portsmouth

Hampshire County Council will provide (approximately) 30 placements each Jan and September.

Employment Based Social Work Training Programme students funded by Hampshire County Council to attend the Open University will receive priority over placements in January and will be included in the 30 placements.

We do not encourage universities to approach Hampshire County Council teams directly, however, if this does occur the Professional Development Team should be contacted, to allow the process to be co-ordinated centrally.

For further, more detailed information and guidance for universities on the placement process, please see our Placement Protocol Microsoft Word 229kB

 

Information for Adult Services teams on supporting student placements

The Student placement processed in managed centrally by the Professional Development Team.

The information outlined here is expanded upon in our Placements Protocol; please refer to this document for comprehensive advice and guidance.

What do teams have to do in order to accommodate a student?

If your team wishes to accommodate a student, there must be agreement from the Team Manager. There must also be a trained Practice Supervisor or Educator in the team. Training will be provided for those interested in becoming a Practice supervisor or Educator. This training can be found on the Learning Zone or you can contact the Professional Development Team for more information.

If your team is interested in taking a student in the team, and would like to discuss further, please contact the Professional Development Team

The Process

  • A few months before the placement start date (January and September) you will be contacted by the Professional Development Team asking if you are able to accommodate a placement in your team. You will be asked to complete Placement Profile if we do not have one already.

  • Your placement/team profile will be sent to the university and the university will match your placement to the appropriate student. You will receive an email to inform you of which university your placement has been offered to.

  • The matched university will email you a profile of the student they have matched to your placement.

  • Once paired, the student will then get in touch to arrange a pre-placement meeting. Please use this meeting to really get to know the student to determine if it is an appropriate match. You will then need to contact the Professional Development Team to confirm that you and the student have agreed the placement. If there are any problems identified at this meeting, please contact the Professional development Team or the university to discuss further.

  • Once placements are confirmed: We will organize any IT training that the student requires and inform yourself and the student of these dates prior to the placement starting.

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For further, more detailed information on the placement process, please see our Placement Protocol Microsoft Word 229kB