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The West Midlands Teaching Partnership

What are Social Work Teaching Partnerships?

The Department for Education introduced Social Work Teaching Partnerships in 2014 to help improve the quality of practice, learning and continuing professional development for social work students and practitioners.

Teaching Partnerships are employer led and help ensure that pre and post-qualifying education is contemporary and reflects the needs of Children, Adults and Families.


Social Work Teaching Partnerships are defined as:

“An accredited collaboration between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and employers which delivers high quality training for social work students and qualified practitioners and equips them to practise to specified standards in statutory settings.”

Our Vision

To achieve excellence in social work education and professional practice, through a co-produced, research-led and strengths-based approach.​ 


We will build on the collective strengths of our partners and people with lived experience to improve the outcomes for individuals, children and families in our region.  


We will achieve this by ensuring that the West Midlands is leading qualifying and post qualifying social work education, ensuring we attract, develop and retain highly skilled social work academics and practitioners to support our diverse region. 

Our Aims & Objectives

To support our strategic vision, we aim to:

Raise the standard and consistency for entrants onto social work programmes, ensuring all students demonstrate the attributes, values and resilience to thrive in social work.

Our priorities

The West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership's aim is to improve and maintain high standards of qualifying and post-qualifying social work education.

Admissions, Academic Delivery and Academics' Experience of Practice

Placements and Curriculum 

Practice Support and Development, Progression and Labour Market Planning

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