chapter  8
21 Pages

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Social workers increasingly fi nd themselves employed in settings where no one speaks ‘social work’. Placements are being developed in schools and other educational institutions, in a wide variety of health care settings and in the criminal justice fi eld, such as prisons and police. In addition, placements in community settings, with community groups and with service user and carer-led organisations, are a growing feature. These settings can offer excellent opportunities for students, but there are also challenges, not least the fact that the person who supervises the student day-to-day in the placement is unlikely to be a qualifi ed social worker. As the supervisor guides the student around a parallel land, how are these experiences related to Socialworkland (xviii-xix)? This chapter explores the delights and the pitfalls of going off the beaten track into non-traditional placements and suggests how everybody can get the best from them.