Why practice education research must be catalyst for tackling longstanding issues facing role

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In the dynamic landscape of social work, practice educators (PEs) stand as vital pillars.

The role’s critical importance in nurturing the next generation of social workers and retaining experienced practitioners was highlighted in a Social Work England-commissioned review, which reported last month.

The National Organisation for Practice Teaching (NOPT), which represents PEs across the country, warmly welcomes the report as a long-overdue acknowledgement of the pivotal contributions they make. NOPT also agrees with the research findings, which validate discussions that have occurred throughout the profession for many years.

By drawing on a literature review and focus groups, interviews, and surveys of PEs, course providers and local authorities, the review provided a comprehensive exploration of the challenges faced by PEs.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationCommunity Care
PublisherReed Business Publishing
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Apr 2024
Externally publishedYes

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