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.