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Evaluation of a fast-track social work programme in England using simulated practice

Scourfield, Jonathan Bryn, Maxwell, Nina, Zhang, M.L, De Villiers, Teresa, Kinnersley, P, Metcalf, E, Pithouse, Andrew and Tayyaba, S 2017. Evaluation of a fast-track social work programme in England using simulated practice. Research on Social Work Practice
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Objective: Using data from our evaluation of the Frontline fast-track social work training programme, introduced by the Government in England, we compare the performance of the first cohort of Frontline trainees with students from regular social work programmes using simulated practice. Method: Forty-nine Frontline trainees were compared with 36 postgraduate students in high tariff universities and 30 students from a range of other regular programmes. Kruskal-Wallis tests were used to compare the performance of the three groups in interviews and written reflections. Results: Frontline trainees were rated significantly higher than comparison groups for the quality of their interviewing and written reflection. Despite these higher ratings for practice quality, the Frontline trainees’ rating of their own confidence in their abilities was lower than their counterparts on regular programmes. Conclusions: The practice quality of Frontline graduates is promising. Longitudinal research is needed in real practice settings.

Item Type: Article
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1049-7315
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 22:29

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