Chris Sherrington

Practice Learning Facilitator

Professional Role

Practice Learning Facilitator. (Placement Tutor)

My role is exclusively focussed on tutoring students who are learning in the workplace and experiencing their Social Work practice learning opportunities (placements). The biggest part of my role is the ongoing support with students and their social work practice educators. My work always involves meeting students and practitioners, acknowledging student accomplishment and personal learning needs whenever they arise. Central to this is offering encouraging feedback about progress and addressing in a timely and effective way the problems encountered in practice if they arise. I am keen to understand and appreciate the student's learning in the organisational context and the pressures that social work students and practitioners face in their day to day working environments. I like to know from the student perspective what has made sense so far in the placement setting (and what hasn't), and linking knowledge from the classroom environment into reflective practice with real outcomes that can make a difference in the lives of people who need care and support.