The West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership is one of 27 accredited social work teaching partnerships funded by the Department for Education to strengthen the quality of education and training for social work students and practitioners across the West Midlands.

Our partnership includes Local Authorities, Children's Trusts, NHS trusts and Universities. The Partnership reflects the strategic priorities of the West Midlands Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) and the West Midlands Association of Adult Social Services (ADASS). The Partnership is led by Principal Social Workers, Workforce Development Leads and Senior Academics across Children's and Adult Services. We bring together practitioners, senior managers, academics, researchers and experts by experience to support our work.

The main aims of the Partnership are:

  • Raise the standard and consistency for entrants onto social work programmes, ensuring all students demonstrate the skills and knowledge, attributes, values and resilience to thrive in social work.
  • Strengthen the links between academia and practice to support the development of research, theory and practice.
  • Enhance pre- and post-qualifying social work curriculum to reflect contemporary research and practice.
  • Ensure students undertake high quality statutory placement and ASYE programmes which develops their knowledge, skills and experience to practice as Newly Qualified Social Workers.

Visit our website to find out more about the Partnership, discover learning opportunities and events, and access resources.