The learning, teaching and assessment of partnership work in social work education

Key messages and good practice: Introduction

This section takes up in turn each of the key questions identified by Knowledge review 10 for social work educators to address.

For each it first summarises the findings from both parts of Knowledge review 10, the research review and the practice survey, highlighting what is known and not yet known about education for partnership work and detailing the core elements for a distinctive, relevant and comprehensive partnership work curriculum. It is informed by contributions from academics and researchers, practitioners, students, and people who use services and their carers.

This information summary for each question is then followed by examples of good practice of the learning, teaching and assessment of partnership work, with the objective of providing models that practitioners might draw on as a whole or part.

The selected examples were identified either in the knowledge review, or in the course of follow-up work in preparation for this guide. We intended to draw on case examples from England, Wales and Northern Ireland because these areas are covered by SCIE. However, the research team was unable to arrange fieldwork visits in Northern Ireland within the agreed timeframe, possibly as a consequence of widespread research fatigue in social work departments. This means that the case examples are drawn primarily from England and Wales. In addition we have drawn examples which have come to our attention in Scotland, the site of some innovative practice in social work education, supported by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS).

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