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Practice Education in Social Work

Achieving Professional Standards

AUTHOR : By Paula Beesley and Sue Taplin

ISBN : 9781915713094

Edition No : 3

Publication : Jun 19, 2023

Extent : 240 pgs

ISBN : 9781915713100

Edition No : 3

Publication : Jun 19, 2023

Extent : 240 pgs

ISBN : 9781915713117

Edition No : 3

Publication : Jun 19, 2023

Extent : 240 pgs


This best-selling book is an invaluable guide for social workers undertaking learning and assessment to gain and maintain Stage 1 or 2 qualified practice educator status and for those involved in facilitating the mentoring, learning, support, assessment and CPD of practice educators.

Now fully updated to reflect the changing social work placement landscape and the BASW refreshed (2022) Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS), it covers all key areas within Practice Educator training and offers guidance on the application of key skills and knowledge in supporting, assessing and teaching social work students and managing the placement. It will particularly assist Practice Educators to: 

  • Understand, prepare for and provide appropriate learning opportunities
  • Supervise and develop social work students effectively
  • Understand holistic assessment of practice; assessing in line with capability levels expected at the end of first and final placement
  • Deal with weaker or failing students
  • Prepare for the PEPS qualification process.


1 – Introduction 

2 – Preparation and planning 

3 - Enabling learning

4 – Critical reflection and values

5 - Reflective supervision

6 - Assessment

7 - Dealing with placement challenges

8 – Practice Educator professional standards for social work



Paula Beesley is a registered social worker with a background in working within children services, particularly with parents with a learning disability. She is a qualified practice educator and has supported numerous students, both in her role in local authority teams and as an independent Off-Site Practice Educator (OSPE).  She now works at Leeds Beckett University as a Senior Lecturer in Social Work, specialising in skill development and placement preparation and support. She is writing her doctoral thesis on developing knowledge and skills in social work student supervision.

Sue Taplin is a registered Social Worker with 18 years’ experience as a Social Work Researcher and University Lecturer. Prior to embarking on an academic career, Sue practised in the voluntary sector as a Palliative Care Social Worker and Practice Educator. Sue currently works at the University of Gloucestershire, where she brings her passion for practice and interprofessional learning and teaching to the undergraduate and postgraduate social work programmes. Sue is the editor of Innovations in Practice Learning, published by Critical Publishing in 2018.


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Your Reviews on this book

“Whatever academics may believe about the brilliance of their teaching or research, the fact is that what most matters to qualifying social work students is the quality of their placement opportunities - the quality of practice educators, the support offered to students with diverse learning needs, the practice environment, and the fairness and transparency of assessment. This accessible, coherent, logical guide helps all of those engaged in the practice learning process to achieve the very best for students and therefore, implicitly, for those in need of social work services. The book makes a major contribution to assuring the future of social work by ensuring that students are given the best opportunities within practice learning contexts."

Nigel Horner Visiting Professor for Social Work and Interprofesssional Education, University of Lincoln

"In its previous editions, this book has been truly valued by social workers learning to support, guide and assess student social workers during their placements. The current edition is, as the authors say, respectful of the previous authors’ experience and expertise and in this third edition Beesley and Taplin build on this to offer a thorough update to the book that clearly responds to the post-pandemic, digital world, whilst employing critical prior research, learning and skills. Social workers, learning to become practice educators, will find this book invaluable in guiding their steps through the shifting sands of contemporary social work practice, helping them to link this journey to the complex map of the Practice Educator Professional Standards.  A ‘must have’ for those wanting to become practice educators!"

Professor Jonathan Parker Bournemouth University & University of Stavanger'
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