About Us

The Leeds and Wakefield Social Work Teaching Partnership is made up of six organisations, each with a distinctive contribution to Social Work with Children, Families and Adults. We are:

The vision of the Leeds and Wakefield Social Work Teaching Partnership is to improve outcomes for our children, young people, adults and older people, carers and their families in the Leeds and Wakefield areas.

We are striving to become a nationally renowned centre of excellence for social work education at both qualifying and post-qualifying levels.

We aim to do this by being innovative, creative and responsive to the changing needs of the social work profession and by building on the reputation, scale and expertise of local authorities and universities.

The partnership aims to further strengthen and embed a robust and sustainable model for future social work education by:

  • Providing information and support to local colleges, schools and students to promote social work as a career of choice.
  • Accepting the highest calibre students onto courses by embedding and evaluating our newly developed rigorous admissions process.
  • Working together to provide an enhanced, flexible and responsive employer focused curriculum to meet the changing needs of the sector.
  • Embedding partnership standards for Practice Education to ensure and maintain high quality.
  • Offering quality statutory placements in both adults and children’s services, supported by experienced and qualified practice educators.
  • Further developing the workforce through an excellent, flexible, practice responsive CPD programme from their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) through to leadership and management.

We work collaboratively and in partnership to ensure that social work students are provided with the skills and readiness needed for a rewarding, successful and long term career in social work; and that our social workers are developed and challenged in their career.

If you’re considering a career in social work, are a qualified Social Worker within the partnership, or interested in a career with us check out the information in the rest of this website on how our partnership can support you at every stage of your career.

“The ethos of Social Work is based on the respect for the equality, worth, and dignity of all people. The Leeds and Wakefield Teaching Partnership provides a solid foundation, to students, on these values. Our investment, is to encourage our future generation of Social Workers, to use evidence informed practice, promote Human Rights and Social Justice and to continue to develop on our profession, to meet the needs of those most vulnerable within our communities”

Leeds and Wakefield Social Work Teaching Partnership Statement on Black Lives Matter movement:

The Leeds and Wakefield Social Work Teaching Partnership fully condemns the killing of George Floyd and racism in all of its forms.

The events seen in the USA and across the globe have brought the racial disparity and injustice faced by black and minority ethnic groups everywhere to the forefront.  We understand racism, both direct and indirect, is felt across the globe and here in the United Kingdom.  We stand together as staff, students, partners, service users and carers to bring about change by tackling inequalities and racism.

As a Partnership we understand that addressing discrimination, inequality and oppression is a fundamental task of social work practice.  This is particularly pertinent at a time when Covid-19 has shone a light on the inequalities experienced by people from BAME groups and the impact it has had across social care.  In order to be part of the solution we are committed to reviewing all areas within our partnership and create an action plan to tackle inequality.

It is important to us that our response promotes social justice and fairness and brings about positive and lasting change.  In order to be part of the solution we are committed to reviewing our partnership where inequality may be prevalent and create real action to tackle this. We have and will continue to actively review equality, diversity, and inclusion issues within our approach as a Partnership, which affect BAME students, people who use services and staff as well as the social work curriculum content.

It is important that our approach amplifies the voices of people who are affected by racial injustices and want suggestions from you on how we can encourage and support others to help hold us accountable as we grow.

We stand together in solidarity with our BAME staff, students, service users, carers and partners in this fight against racism and social inequality.

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