About us

Our partnership

Cheshire & Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership (CMSWTP) comprises 15 Primary Partners. Primary Partners include: 4 Higher Education Institutions, 8 Local Authorities, 2 NHS Trusts and 1 voluntary sector organisation covering Liverpool City Region, West Lancashire, Warrington, Cheshire West and Chester.

Our vision

The Vision of the CMSWTP is to improve the life chances of children, young people, adults and their families by improving the recruitment, retention and the training and development of social workers and their practice.

Our aims

The aims of the partnership are:

  • Effective management and organisation of the partnership and related activity including administration, to ensure we maintain agility to respond to local, regional, and national initiatives.
  • Review and enhance the training, development, and utilisation of Practice Educators to build and sustain sufficient quality placements.
  • Ensure a commitment that all Students on Social Work Programmes receive a timely and high-quality placement in their preferred area of learning, and receive appropriate support, directed to help them achieve the learning outcomes.
  • Widening participation and engagement across all aspects of pre- and post- qualifying education, training, and practice.
  • Review and enhance ASYE support and development to ensure quality and consistency of approach across the region taking account of additional demands brought about by COVID.
  • Nurture the co-production of knowledge between People with Lived Experience, practitioners, and academics across the Social Work landscape, to influence change at practice and systems level.
  • Provide access to Post- Qualifying Social Work training and development, based on shared partner priorities.
  • Promote and support a strategic approach to Social Work recruitment and retention from pre-qualifying education through to post qualifying practice and development.
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