Finding the Perfect Match: Pre-placement Meetings in Social Work Practice

Diane Simpson, Ian Mathews, Karin Crawford

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Prior to the commencement of a practice placement, a social work student will usually be invited to meet formally with their practice educator, and sometimes other members of the team, in their work setting to discuss a range of issues about the forthcoming placement. In the absence of significant research about these pre-placement meetings, this small-scale study examined the understandings and experiences of social work students and practice educators regarding the role played by this meeting. Qualitative methods were employed to answer a range of questions related to how the pre-placement meeting was used to aid decision-making about the viability of the placement, participants’ perceptions of the meeting, and concerns about the process that needed to be addressed. Findings indicate that there are a variety of ways in which the meeting is configured and organised, understood and used. The implications for the organisation of social work practice placements are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-31
JournalJournal of Practice Teaching and Learning
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2014


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