Social Work Teaching Partnerships: An Evaluation

Social Work Teaching Partnerships: An Evaluation

The Social Work Teaching Partnership (SWTP) programme was developed by central government (Department for Education and Department of Health and Social Care) to transform the quality of education and experience received by social work students and practitioners, following reviews such as Narey and Croisdale-Appleby.


These reviews highlighted an urgent need for better social work education and professional development. The programme aims to formalise collaborative working to raise the quality of social work, by attracting high quality students into the profession and ensuring students and existing social workers have the necessary knowledge, skills and values to practice effectively – and to improve workforce planning and development to address retention and recruitment issues. The programme was effectively piloted in 2015 in four areas (phase one). Elevenadditional areas made successful applications for two year funding in phase two (2016) and ten more in phase three (2018).


As a result of an amalgamation, the programme now involves 23 partnerships in total. Four of these partnerships are self-funded (the three remaining phase one partnerships and one phase two partnership), with 19 partnerships from phase two and three in the funded phase of the programme. These partnerships represent 113 local authorities (LAs), 54 higher education institutes (HEIs) and 32 Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) partners.


This represents just under 70% (54/79) of all HEIs offering social work3. This report is based on twenty two of these partnerships, representing 109 Local Authorities (LAs), 52 Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and 29 Private Voluntary and Independent (PVI) partners.