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About Us

The National Practice Teaching in Social Work Initiative (NPTSWI) was established following collaboration between the six universities in Ireland that deliver social work education (University College Cork, University of Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Maynooth University & Atlantic Technological University), supported by the Irish Association of Social Workers and led by UCC.
The aims of the NPTSWI include enhancing the professional profile of practice teaching in social work and to promote collaboration among stakeholders. As a multi-stakeholder collaboration and in the context of the Irish Government’s commitment to increase the number of Social Work graduates, NPTSWI represents a significant innovation in the development of social work practice education in Ireland. The achievements of the initiative include the creation of this website of learning and teaching resources and CPD resources generated from online CPD from our collaboration with the IASW to support your practice teaching.
The NPTSWI wish to acknowledge support from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY).


 NPTSWI Publications

The Experience of Practice Teaching in Ireland Report 2023



Dr. Niamh Murphy worked with NPTSWI to research the experiences of practice teachers supervising students during the academic year September 2022 to May 2023. The research findings capture the opportunities and barriers to practice teaching in social work that exists at this time in Ireland.

This research data was accomplished through a national survey with practice teachers working with the six universities offering social work education: Atlantic Technological University, Maynooth University; Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin and University of Galway.

We would like to formally acknowledge and thank practice teachers who responded to our survey and shared their experiences, in doing so they have ensured that the voices of social work practice teachers are included in the national conversation around social work education and practice placements.

Ethical approval for this research was obtained from the Social Research Ethics Committee (SREC) at University College Cork.



Download here: The Experience of Practice Teaching In Ireland Report 2023


How to Cite

Murphy, N., Rose, J., Feeney, B., Melaugh., B., Kelly, E., O'Connor, E., Byrne-Cummins, J., Dorney, L., Slavin, P., Whiting, S. (2023). The Experience of Practice Teaching in Ireland, September 2022 - May 2023. NPTSWI, University College Cork. URI https://hdl.handle.net/10468/14826  DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.12325.47840



National Practice Teaching In Social Work Initiative; A rare opportunity to shape the development of social work student placements and practice teaching in Ireland 




This paper reflects on the achievements of the initiative. The barriers to building a culture and context for practice teaching and learning within social work services are considered and strategies to address these challenges explored. 


How to Cite

Whiting, S., Dorney, L., Rose, J., O’Connor, E., Slavin, P., Melaugh, B., Feeney, B., & Kelly, E. (2023). National Practice Teaching in Social Work Initiative; a rare opportunity to shape the development of social work student placements and practice teaching in Ireland. The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning20 (2). https://doi.org/10.1921/jpts.v20i2.2064 



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