AbstractsSocial Work

Fieldwork placement for social work students: what persuades managers to open the agency door?

by Patricia Anne Hanlen

Institution: Curtin University of Technology
Department: Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Year: 2014
Record ID: 1035374
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The international literature identifies both a shortage of fieldwork placements and meaningful workplace experiences for social work students in developed countries. This exploratory constructivist-interpretative study examines the often overlooked management role and factors that influence responses to requests from schools of social work. Managers from Māori and non- Māori non-statutory organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand were interviewed. The qualitative findings confirm the importance of organisational, cultural and informational factors in fostering safe management decisions.