ScOPT Chair Fiona Stansfield reports on last week's conference for final year students and Newly Qualified Social Workers held at the University of Edinburgh.

I had the pleasure of attending ‘Building the future, Shaping our social work identity’, the recent conference for final year students and Newly Qualified Social Workers held at the University of Edinburgh on 31st May 2018.

It was great to see so many graduating and recently qualified social workers coming together to share their learning and celebrate their successes. Viv Cree, University of Edinburgh, opened the conference and welcomed both Jane Johnstone (Professional Social Work Advisor, Scottish Government) and Susan Taylor (past president of Social Work Scotland). Jane and Susan spoke passionately to the newly qualified social workers about the importance that the social work role continues to provide in a complex and changing social environment. A big topic of the day was on continuous learning, development and self-care within the profession and a range of workshops were delivered on these and other learning themes.

One of the workshops was on ScOPTbox, our practice learning library, and how this resource can be a ‘go to’ tool for supporting newly qualified workers through reflection and critical thinking about their practice with particular links being made to support in meeting their PRTL requirements. It was great to have participants at the workshop who expressed an interest in both link working and practice teaching and reflecting on the positive aspects of experiential learning and the important role their practice educators played in this.

A great event to attend, thank you to the University of Edinburgh for hosting. Lots of people picking up copies at our ScOPT stall of Liz Beddoe's A-Z of Good Supervision too!

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