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Social Work Teaching Partnership announced

12 Apr 2017 10:15AM

The University of Suffolk is now part of a vital and leading national initiative to improve the recruitment, education and employability of Social Work graduates.

This new partnership between the University of Suffolk, the University of East Anglia and Suffolk and Norfolk County Councils promises a range of innovations including enhanced student placements and greater practitioner involvement in teaching. This will mean Social Work graduates are better prepared to face the challenges of professional practice by using contemporary, evidence based and internationally recognised methods of social work practice. 

Professor Noel Smith, Head of Department for Psychology, Sociology and Social Work at the University of Suffolk said “As an integral part of a wider teaching partnership across Suffolk and Norfolk our ambition at the University of Suffolk is to transform the role of social work with children, adults and families from being the ‘fixer’ of problems to the catalyst of positive change in the lives of individuals, families and communities.”

Suffolk County Council is equally committed to the Teaching Partnership and is already known for award winning practice. Suffolk’s children’s social services are shortlisted twice in this year’s Local Government Chronicle Awards, including their achievements on Signs of Safety© and wellbeing, an area in which Suffolk are a leader in the field.

Across the county, local post-qualified employment initiatives continue to offer newly qualified Social Workers every opportunity to take what they’ve already achieved even further, Suffolk County Council supports them to grow with first-class career development opportunities.

Professor Smith adds “Ofsted rated Suffolk ‘good’ in its 2016 inspection, noting how “substantial and significant improvements have been achieved for children in care in Suffolk in recent years”. Suffolk is now helping other councils adopt the approach of our Positive Choices team, which supports women who have had more than one child removed from their care to change.”

Richard Lister, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Suffolk, commented “We’re delighted to be part of one the UK’s new Social Work Teaching Partnerships.  It’s great news that this partnership has been selected by the Department of Education to be part of the vanguard of reform and innovation

in social work.  The University of Suffolk provides one of the country’s highest ranked Social Work courses and we are committed to having an impact and building collaborations with partners so the new Teaching Partnership offers a range of exciting opportunities.”

For more information on Social Work at the University of Suffolk visit or come along to the Open Event on Saturday 22 April


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