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How the Suffolk and Norfolk Social Work Teaching Partnership serves its communities

 Did you know we have been a Social Work Teaching Partnership since early 2017?

Our partnership brings together Suffolk County Council, Norfolk County Council, the University of Suffolk, the University of East Anglia and People with Lived Experience, with a key focus on driving continuous improvement in Social Work Education. 

Some of our key activity includes:

  • Training more Practice Educators and increasing the learning opportunities for student social workers and their Practice Educators through our Learning Hubs
  • Expanding placements opportunities for student Social Workers, including piloting placements in school settings
  • Increasing the numbers of practitioners who are involved in teaching on the Social Work programmes at the University of Suffolk
  • Embedding the voice of people with lived experience across the Social Work curriculum and through to our Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme for Newly Qualified Social Worker.

Co-production is at the very heart of what we do.  Social Work Voices at the University of Suffolk and the Service User and Carer forum at the University of East Anglia are active at all levels of our governance, as well as in the University recruitment processes.  They are also involved in some innovative projects.  For example:

  • they have received training in coaching skills and will shortly be offering coaching conversations to student, apprentice and newly qualified Social Workers to aid their studies, improve retention, support them in continuing to reflect on the challenges of contemporary social work practice and to ensure continuous learning about the needs and experiences of people who use social work and other public services. 
  • they have received podcast training to enable them to create a range of rich learning resources.

If you missed it on World Social Work Day, list to our podcast ‘Respecting diversity through joint social action’, which was designed and produced by one of our Lived Experience members.


If you want to know more about the work of the Teaching Partnership, contact:

Loretta Greenacre, Head of Quality Engagement and Professional Development ( Development, or speak to one of our Partnership Managers, Judith Hanlon ( or Steve Emmerson (