How well prepared are newly qualified social workers for working with drug and alcohol use?. Dr. Donald ForresterDr. Sarah Galvani Reader in Child WelfareAssociate Prof. of Social Work University of BedfordshireUniversity of Warwick (from 1.9.08 Univ. of Beds). Rationale.
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How well prepared are newly qualified social workers for working with drug and alcohol use?
Dr. Donald ForresterDr. Sarah GalvaniReader in Child WelfareAssociate Prof. of Social WorkUniversity of BedfordshireUniversity of Warwick(from 1.9.08 Univ. of Beds)
Through a survey of newly qualified social workers:
Rated as adequately prepared or better:
Half a day20%
Three to five11%
“Without relevant training how can newly qualified social workers be expected to understand/relate to difficulties faced by service users and their families….I am angry that I didn’t receive any training during the 4 years I studied for BA”
“I graduated last October with BA (Hons) Social Work. …there was no element on the course that touched on alcohol or substance misuse... I work within the assessment team, Children and Families. The bulk of our work is domestic violence, this is more often than not either drug or alcohol related, we face challenges every day that we have minimal knowledge of and are ill equipped due to the lack of training in this field.”
“I was fortunate to have 80 day placement in drug alcohol agency but I was one of only 3 students in final year to have this opportunity… Training at uni was very minimal and only ever ‘referred’ to as cause of problems, never fully explored/discussed….”
“…we did have a substance misuse midwife give a teaching session and this was really good but not followed up in seminars.”