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Mon 22 Nov

When Placements Run Into Difficulty

9.30 -11.00 am


This joint event is a collaboration between the National Practice Teaching in Social Work Initiative (funded by the DCEDIY) and the IASW. We are delighted the Marguerita has kindly agreed to deliver this webinar a second time in response to the demand for places for the first event. 

There are many complex reasons why placements run into difficulty. Whether it is the student fails the placement, the placement fails the student, the practice teacher fails the student, the student fails themselves and/or the University/College fails or upholds all. There are professional standards, reputations, academic policies and procedures at stake, notwithstanding the protection of the service user as the central concern. This CPD event presents examples from actual practice failures and two from portfolio failures. Analyses and reports are shared from initial difficulties and procedural organization, through to the forensics of final decision. Participants may also be interested in a ‘what happened next’ section.

Come and share your own views on this challenging subject.

This joint event is a collaboration between the National Practice Teaching in Social Work Initiative and the IASW. For information about the Network, contact

Speaker Biography

Marguerita McGovern, MA, CQSW is currently Adjunct Lecturer on the MA Social Work, National University of Ireland, Galway. She has extensive past experience as Practice Learning Coordinator and Lecturer on the NUIG / MSW programme and has published ebooks and articles on a number of social work placement topics.

Assessment and decision making under the spotlight: The roles of student, practice teacher, tutor and university in four failed social work placements.