Evaluating the impact of post-qualifying social work education.

Brown, K., McCloskey, C., Galpin, D., Keen, S. and Immins, T., 2008. Evaluating the impact of post-qualifying social work education. Social Work Education, 27 (8), pp. 853-867.

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DOI: 10.1080/02615470701844217

Abstract

Post-qualifying awards in social work are well established within the continuing professional development agenda for qualified social workers in the UK. The evaluation of education and training should be an integral part of this agenda because it is important to ensure that programmes continue to meet standards of delivery, are successful in meeting their aims and objectives and are making an impact on practice. However, there is limited amount of published work on the evaluation of post-qualifying social work education, with studies often focusing on programme delivery rather than on their impact on practice. This paper explores evaluative work within the current post-qualifying social work framework, and discusses the results of an evaluation of the Vulnerable Adults and Community Care Practice programme, a specialist post-qualifying social work education programme run by a UK university, as an example of an evaluation of the impact on practice. The results indicate positive evidence of impact on practice and demonstrate examples of how the programme has had a direct effect on individuals, teams, organisations and on people who use services.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1470-1227
Subjects:Social Sciences > Social Work
Group:School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Social Work and Social Policy
ID Code:5808
Deposited By:Mrs Karen-Lucie (Tikki) Immins LEFT
Deposited On:25 Jul 2008 12:37
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 14:49

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