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  1. PVI Student Placements Gold or Dross? Jo Tulloch, June 2011

  2. The Context • Need to improve SW education / training • Increasing use of PVI placements – “vast range” • No research found on fit between SW training and PVI sector placements

  3. The Issues • PVI agencies may have different: • aims • professional approaches to their work • understanding of the social work role & • motivation for taking students than statutory social work agencies. Does this matter?

  4. First, the problems • Motivation = labour & funds to meet capacity deficit • Limited awareness of SW role & placement requirements • Different approach to supervision • Challenge to find student workload with sufficient SW content • Difficulty in managing struggling students

  5. Then, the Value of PVI Placements • Innovative & creative ways of working • Supportive relationships with clients • Use theory-based counselling skills • Strong focus on valuing diversity • Group work & community analysis • Initiative & an open approach to problem-solving & risk • Flexible organisational structure & accountability • Commitment to individual clients & holistic practice

  6. Research Pilot • Hypothesis: PVA placements have valuable pros for SW training & cons that need to be addressed • Aim: to confirm or disprove that these are widespread issues needing further research • Outcome: if hypothesis confirmed, pass on to academic team to follow through