The nature and extent of substance use education in qualifying social work programmes in England
AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
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AbstractAlcohol and other drug (AOD) use is a common feature of modern social work practice. Concerns about the problematic use of such substances cross all areas of social work practice, including adults' and children's social care. In England, surveys have highlighted social workers' experiences of AOD education during their qualifying social work training. However, this study sought the perspectives of the social work educators. Its primary aim was to explore the nature and extent of education on AODs on the qualifying social work programmes in England. Using an online survey tool, all qualifying social work programme leads were invited to take part (n = 157). Fewer than half responded (40%, n = 63). Initial findings appeared positive suggesting that 94% of responding qualifying programmes provided some teaching and learning on AODs. Further analysis revealed significant variation in what is taught and the depth of coverage. It highlighted a lack of consistency across programmes and possible over-reporting. However, the majority of respondents felt that teaching and learning on AOD use should be a higher priority for their qualifying social work programmes.
CitationGalvani, S., Allnock, D. (2014) 'The Nature and Extent of Substance Use Education in Qualifying Social Work Programmes in England' Social Work Education, 33 (5):573-588
PublisherTaylor and Francis
JournalSocial Work Education