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The Social Work Bursary: an updated literature review

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Moriarty, J. & Manthorpe, J. (2018) 'Literature review on the social work bursary and student finance', London: Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London.

Published February 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Purpose

The Department of Health made changes to the social work bursary in 2013 in order to cap the costs of providing bursaries to undergraduate and postgraduate social work students.  It asked the Social Care Workforce Research Unit to update its literature review on the social work bursary to help inform the process of reviewing policy decisions.

Timescale

2017-2018

Research Team

Jo Moriarty and Jill Manthorpe (SCWRU)

Funding

NIHR Policy Research Programme

Methods

This was a rapid review of material published in the United Kingdom on finance for student social workers and the impact of the social work bursary on the numbers of students enrolling on social work programmes, student participation in higher education, and the effect of different types of student support on student progression.

Findings

There is a clear link between enrolments on university social work qualifying programmes and the availability of the social work bursary. An increase in the number of fast track routes to a social work qualification has not been enough to offset the decline in the numbers on traditional university programmes since 2010-2011. Fast track schemes, secondments, and sponsorship are associated with higher progression rates among students but there is a risk that these programmes attract a less diverse student base. Better information is needed on the overall number of social workers required, geographical mobility among newly qualified social workers, and the needs of local labour markets.

Outputs and Impact

Moriarty, J. & Manthorpe, J. (2018) 'Literature review on the social work bursary and student finance', London: Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London.

A presentation has been accepted for the European Social Work Research Conference to be held in Edinburgh in 2018.

 

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