Improving the standard of social work

The University has been commissioned to form part of a social work Teaching Partnership funded by the Department of Education.

Date: 19 June 2018

London Metropolitan University has been commissioned by the Department of Education to work as part of a social work Teaching Partnership with the University of East London, which will launch in September 2018.

The Partnership is focused on supporting social work practice and learning and implementing innovations to enhance and support excellence in social work education and practice.

The commission marks another success for London Met’s social work department and means that the University will be one of two Higher Education Institutions who have been awarded the commission. The University will also work with Local Authorities; Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Barking and Dagenham, to deliver the social work courses to a high standard. The social work Teaching Partnership is led by Havering.

“Being part of the North East London social work Teaching Partnership is a significant achievement for the social work department at London Met,” said Dr Allister Butler, Head of Subject Area.

This builds on our success as a preferred provider. We will be working alongside our key local authority partners, and the University of East London, with a shared commitment to promoting practice excellence and developing high calibre social work graduate practitioners.”

Linnett Whittaker, Organisational Development Manager for Social Care in Barking and Dagenham, said: “Our social workers are going to get the opportunity to work with students in universities and as an authority we’re going to encourage people to come forward to do that. It’s a chance for social workers to make a difference by passing on their knowledge to future social workers.”

The Teaching Partnership aims to introduce 50 new work placements for social work students across London to improve employability, something which is executed at London Met through the Work-Related Learning modules which is compulsory for all undergraduate students at London Met.