We run a Student Social Worker Placement Programme and it’s open to local Universities in Manchester.
Standards are high, and our practice-learning programme is popular as a result. The students bring us diversity and their time; we give them knowledge and experience for the future.
In 2023, 28 student placements received first-hand work experience in Carers, Therapy and Advocacy services, putting them in such a good place for their future careers.
Some of our 2023 cohort are pictured above, and a few have kindly shared their stories here.
Ethel completed her placement at Gaddum in July 2022. In this short video she shares her story of how it helped her.
Riya is an International Student studying Social Work at The University of Manchester. This is an extract of her personal experience of her placement at Gaddum, working with young carers.
“It was during my placement interview that I came across the term ‘young carer’ for the first time. Little did I know at that moment that this placement would lead to such a profound learning experience, giving me a new perspective on the caring role.
One of the most important lessons I learned at Gaddum was the importance of listening to young carers and valuing their experiences. Learning about young carers evoked a range of emotions, such as empathy, compassion, and concern.
Another crucial lesson I learned was the importance of self-care for social workers, especially when working with vulnerable people like young carers. Recognising the emotional challenges involved, I have implemented several practices to prioritise my well-being.
Frequent supervision sessions helped me to understand the importance of identifying and assessing the needs of young carers and developing strategies to support them effectively. Additionally, it gave me the opportunity to reflect on my practice, challenge my decision-making skills, and develop critical thinking skills.
As part of our induction programme, group training sessions provided a supportive environment where I could connect with other students and develop a sense of shared purpose and identity. It also improved my teamwork skills through group projects and building my confidence to participate in group discussions.
Additionally, leading the team meetings on a weekly basis provided an opportunity to hone leadership skills, including effective planning, organisation, and the introduction of fresh ideas.
My experience in social work includes working with adults, and it was always something I looked forward to in my career, until I joined Gaddum. My experience during placement has prompted me to reflect on the experience of working with children to ignite their minds and make an impact on their lives.
It emphasizes the importance of early intervention and prevention in addressing social issues to focus on working with youth, rather than waiting until adulthood to address social problems. Working with young carers has inspired me for empowering young people and promoting their rights.