The Flinders University Field Education program operates in accordance with the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS) 2012 V1.4 (Revised January 2015), with particular reference to Guideline 1.2: Guidance on Field Education programs.
What is the length of placement?
You are required to complete a total of 1000 hours of field education in order to graduate.
This will be fulfilled by undertaking two separate placements of 500 hours each.
Field placements are non-semester topics and it is imperative that you are available to commence placement, or engage in placement related activities, at least one month before semester begins.
- Semester 1: Early February to mid-July
- Semester 2: Early July to early December.
What days do I attend placement?
You are required to attend placement four days per week, which takes approximately 18 weeks (4 – 5 months) to complete your 500 hours. Bachelor and masters students have different availability to attend placement due to their study timetable:
- Bachelor of Social Work students attend placement Tuesday to Friday
- Master of Social Work students attend placement Monday to Thursday.
When do placements start?
Generally placements commence from early February (semester 1) and end of July (semester 2). The start date for each placement will depend on a your availability (eg if you attend non-semester topic intensives) and the agency’s schedule (eg some agencies have set dates for orientation).
Where are placements located?
Most South Australian students will undertake placements in the metropolitan Adelaide region. This includes the outer areas of Adelaide, such as Gawler, Victor Harbor and Murray Bridge. Some opportunities exist for rural placements. Interstate students mostly undertake their placements in their home state.
What kind of placements are offered?
In accordance with the ASWEAS requirements, students must undertake field placements in at least two different fields of practice and organisations, with different client groups, using different methods of social work practice and with a different Field Educator (supervisor) for each placement. Therefore, students are placed in a diversity of government, non-government and private host organisations, covering a variety of fields of practice (eg homelessness, schools and aged care) and methods of practice (eg working with individuals and groups, community development, social policy, advocacy and research).
Will I have an onsite social work supervisor?
The learning that occurs during placement is supervised by qualified social workers who support students to integrate social work theory into practice and develop the skills, values and knowledge to work effectively in contemporary social work settings. Most students are likely to have one placement with an on-site social work agency field educator and one with an external field educator (external social work supervisor) appointed by the University. If you have an external field educator, you will also have an agency supervisor to oversee your day-to-day activities.
How long will I have to travel to placement?
A large proportion of placements are located in the outer northern and south metropolitan areas, reflecting the areas of greatest social need. Consequently, you may be required to travel up to two hours to your placement (one way). Placement matching does take into account where you live.