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Step Up to Social Work

A Department for Education initiative aimed at people who want to take up a career in Child and Family Social Work

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Step up to Social Work is a Department for Education initiative aimed at people who want to take up a career in Child and Family Social Work, including an opportunity to retrain for those wishing to change career.

The Step up to Social Work programme is a unique programme designed in collaboration between Manchester Metropolitan University and the 12 local authorities that make up the North East Region Partnership.

A key aspect of the programme is to make clear links between academic learning and social work practice.

Students on the programme will undertake 2 placements of 70 days and 100 days in one of the local authorities in the partnership and 30 skills days which is 200 days in total.

Where will I study

The degree programme is delivered by Manchester Metropolitan University however lectures are delivered in Sunderland city centre.

Please follow this link for further information https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/social-care-and-social-work/step-up-resources/

Which authorities are offering placements?

Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, Redcar & Cleveland, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Stockton.

What Funding is available

There is a bursary payment of £19,833 (£1,322.20 per month) in total over 15 months to cover living expenses. In addition the partnership meets University tuition fees.

What qualifications do I need

Applicants must have 1 of the following:

 - a minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification

 - a minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a higher degree (level 7 or above, which can include a master’s degree or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education)

Applicants must also have all of the following

 - GCSEs in English or English language and mathematics at grade C or above (or approved equivalent)

 - experience of voluntary or paid work with children, young people and families

 - the right to remain and work in the UK



After the course

Students who finish the programme successfully qualify with a postgraduate diploma in social work. They will be able to register as social workers with the HCPC.



“Step Up is both a personal and professional journey, which is incredibly fast-paced and can feel like a rollercoaster at times, so a sense of humour and a thick-skin are a must! The blended learning approach between academic study at university and workplace training will prepare you for the challenges and complexities around working with adults, children and families. If you have energy, drive and determination and want to help make a difference to people’s lives, then this course will change your life.”

Gemma Cohen, Step up to Social Work Student Social Worker

Please visit the following link for more information and to register your

interest in the programme. This will enable you to receive regular information about the timetable for recruitment and selection process.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/step-up-to-social-work-information-for-applicants

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