The in's and out's of Social Work Field Placement
Updated November 2024
Ok, you've hit that point in your degree and need to get ready for Field Placement. Whether you're a BSW or MSW student, we've put some basic information together that we feel will be helpful, and hopefully ease you into the process.
Firstly, what is Placement?
Field education is important to social work education. It is a required component of all undergraduate and postgraduate social work programs in Australia and a compulsory element of your studies outlined by the AASW.
Field placements are organised learning experiences in which a student is put in an agency or community to work on specific activities under the supervision of a social worker, and the Flinders field education staff.
The material offered here is intended to help students in navigating what's involved in the field education placement process, and hopefully make it a little easier for you to achieve a successful and gratifying placement experience.
Basically, we've tried to provide you with the basics and what you need leading up to, and whilst you are on placement.
From the FUSWA Team, good luck and enjoy the experience!
Grants & Scholarships
Topics You Need
Before placement, you need to have completed all prerequisite topics. To check what topics are required, we recommend reaching out to a College of Education, Psychology and Social Work (CEPSW) administrative officer and let them prepare a topic study plan for you.
(08) 8201 7800
Level 4, Room 469, Education Building
Bedford Park, SA 5042
Working with Children Check
Aged Care Sector Check
The WIL Support Team will initiate these checks on your behalf. DHS will then email you - follow the instructions in the email to complete the process. Upload evidence of your clearance to InPlace.
DHS Screening and background checks
Screening Unit checks overview and details
Safe Environments Certificate
Child Safe Environments training is to be organised by you. It is mandatory that you take training in order to understand your obligatory notification requirements while dealing with children and young people. The National Guidelines for Child Safe Organisations are in accordance with this.
We strongly recommend gathering a group of your fellow peers to organise this training, as this may provide you a group booking discount.
FUSWA may organise this training via a third party provider, but is dependent upon time constraints and training provider availability.
Safe Environments Training in detail and where you can book training
(school based placement)
Complete the Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect: Fundamentals Course and upload a copy of the completion certificate to InPlace.
The course type is self-directed, online and provides essential knowledge set when working in schools.
Running time: 2 hours and is FREE to do.
Fundamentals course: Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care
State-based Working with Children Clearance
(all interstate placements)
Different states and territories have their own clearances required for working with children. Please refer to instructions from the WIL Support Team if you don’t already have a clearance relevant to your placement location.
More info from SA Gov site
Please ref to relevant state for detailed information
All Other Checks
Please refer to your Social Work – Pre-Placement Checklist provided by email from the Placement Team.
It is your responsibility to be aware of what checks you require. If you have any questions, please refer them to the WIL Support Team. They are there to help you!
Social Work Placement Requirements
Visit the Flinders University Social Work Placements webpage. This contains detailed information for all students going on Field Placement. This is your go to page for your questions, links & detailed requirements.
Preparation for your placement experience
To assist you with the pre-placement process, the Pre-Placement Checklist will be emailed out from the Placement Team. This document contains the following information:
How to update your Student Information on InPlace.
How to complete your Compliance Requirements for Placement, and
How to prepare for your Placement Interview.
2024 Pre-placement Checklist
Example only and may be out of date
Please check your email for updates
Essential pre-placement checks
National Police Check Application
Provide a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) Check. Must include ‘Unsupervised Contact with Vulnerable Groups’ and be located in Aged/Health Care Sector.
Are you working or volunteering with children? (tick)
Will you have contact with Vulnerable Groups? (tick)
Check Type - Individual Concession (IC) (tick)
Reason for Check - (IMPORTANT TO WRITE)
UNI PLACEMENT - UNSUP VULN GRPS
SAPOL Check - Application Example ONLY
by the WIL Team
by the FUSWA Team
Keep an eye on your emails for the WIL Support Team information session they run. This provides excellent information on your placement requirements.
FUSWA try to provide Placement Sessions each semester, but these are subject to Council Member and Academic Staff availability.
If you miss a session, check our past recordings from the FUSWA Placement Sessions we've run. Be mindful that things change, and these sessions are for historical context. We recommend attending current sessions.
2024, S1 - Placement Preparation Information Session Presentation Slides (5/10/2023)
FUSWA YoutTube Channel
InPlace Student Portal
Student Information Required for Placement
Information required for EPSW - Social Work Compulsory Compliance - for All Students.
To access InPlace, log into your Okta Dashboard and select the InPlace icon. (If the InPlace Placement System is missing from your Dashboard, you may need to contact Flinders IDS on 08 8201 2345.)
Once you have logged into InPlace, select your FAN in the top right corner of the homepage and then select ‘My Details’. [Staff & Students]
Scroll down the page to locate the section ‘EPSW Social Work Student Information’. This is the section you need to update by
Complete all relevant drop downs to ensure your details are up to date, including areas of interest.
Upload ALL documents into this portal before the deadline outlined in the email from the Placements Team.
The WIL Support Team will check and approve valid compliance items or reject wrong ones via InPlace. Students can resubmit the right compliance item, and comments are supplied to explain why it was denied. Please check your InPlace on a regular basis for any compliance that may have been denied. You will be unable to begin placement until you have met the compliance standards.
Student Placement Portal
Based on Preferences
List of additional compliance checks based on your Placement preferences. Please check your email from the Placement Team ensure you have the most recent information and what checks you need to do!
Now that you have all the pre-placement steps taken care of and uploaded everything you need into InPlace, what's next?
"Your Placement Interview"
Here's what we suggest and some information provided to students by the WILL Team to help you increase your chances and maximize your potential.