Universities

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.

  • 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.

Supporting universities…

  • Student feedback received to date has been very positive. The practice placement at SWEET has been described as “excellent” due to the complexity of work that has been undertaken, which enabled one student “to learn and develop confidence”.

    Ms Marvia Chambers(Placement Manager)
    The University of Wolverhampton
  • New College is impressed by the level and variety of supervision offered and by the level of creativity the project encourages in students’ practice. A good learning experience for students.

    New College, Worcester University
    Ms Lesley Parish (Placement Manager)
  • The SWEET Project offers a supportive environment with a range of learning opportunities tailored to meet the individual learning needs of particular students, e.g. providing experience of working with groups or working with adults as well as the core business of working with children and families.

  • Student feedback received to date has been very positive. The practice placement at SWEET has been described as “excellent” due to the complexity of work that has been undertaken, which enabled one student “to learn and develop confidence”.

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