Contact The SWEET Project

0121 458 2270

“There are no other placements like it,where you have all the trainers in one place. Here you benefit from a variety of different practice educators, including three senior staff, a newly-qualified worker and a senior support worker,who offer a range of perspectives in case management.”

Working with Universities

The SWEET project’s benefit to universities is that as we are a large student unit we can take a large number of students at any one time.

We now work with over 40 universities across the country. 98% of our students go on to full-time employment. Students on placement with SWEET benefit from real life situations when they go out and do their casework.

We’re able to provide placements for students with disabilities, we’re also able to take students very quickly where there may have been a placement breakdown or when a student is returning after a year out.

Offsite Practice Educators for your Students

As well as providing PE for students on placement at SWEET, we also contract with universities so that their students within voluntary sector settings have access to fully qualified and experienced supervision from an off-site Practice Educator. Talk to us about how we can support your BA and MA social work students on placement in the West Midlands.

  • student social workers with additional learning needs such as dyslexia or dyspraxia;
  • students who have physical or auditory disabilities or mental health issues;
  • student social workers who do not drive or choose not to drive;
  • student social workers who have failed a previous placement;
  • student social workers who are at risk of failing their course at BA or MA level;
  • student social workers where the placement is at risk of failing through no fault of the student;
  • student social workers who require additional support and nurturing;
  • international student social workers;
  • student social workers who have an interest in working directly with children and young people;
  • student social workers who have an interest in managing their own case list;
  • student social workers who have an interest in working within a statutory setting such as forming part of child protection plans, core groups, completing Single Assessments, Life Story Work, International Social Work, Court-Directed Parenting Assessments, Assessment of Contact linked to Life Story work and assessment reports under the Framework for Children in Need and Their Families.

All students are assessed using HCPC criteria, incorporating individual university proformas. All assessments are evidence-based with clear areas of progress and professional development.

Where a student is deemed to be at risk of failing, we will discuss the problem with the student at the earliest opportunity. Action Plans are used as a method of identifying areas of additional support.

All assessments are carried out in an open, honest and transparent way and universities are kept fully informed throughout.

  • Placement co-ordinators contact Deb Groves (Operations Director) on 0121 458 2270 or email at debbieg@thesweetproject.org to ask about availability;
  • The student’s profile is forwarded for consideration;
  • The student is interviewed. This may consist of a written test, group work observation, and/or an individual interview conducted by the Project Directors and service users;
  • The student and the university are informed of the outcome and a start date is agreed. if appropriate;
  • A Practice Educator is allocated to the student;
  • A placement agreement meeting is set up according to individual university guidelines;
  • The student starts with an identified Practice Educator and full induction.

All of our Practice Educators are qualified Senior Social Workers who either hold or are working towards their “Enabling Others 2” qualification.

Universities we work with

University of Birmingham

Birmingham City University

University of Wolverhampton

Coventry University

University of Warwick

University of Worcester

Heart of Worcester

Staffordshire University

University of Derby

University of Northampton

Nottingham University

Nottingham Trent University

University of Bristol

University of Plymouth

Manchester Metropolitan

Central Lancaster

Liverpool University

Robert Gordon University Aberdeen

Open University

Oxford Brooks University


Hull University

University of Salford

University of Leicester

University of Hertfordshire

University of Gloucestershire

University of Bath

University of Bradford

De Montfort University

Keele University

Buckinghamshire New University

University of Chester

University of Leeds

University of York

Angelia Ruskin University

Supporting universities…

Any questions?

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