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Effective partnership working Partnership principles – summary

A key task for partnerships is to agree their joint aims and outcomes. This enables the partnership to be driven by active and meaningful collaboration, rather than externally imposed prescriptions and sanctions. Partnerships work well when there are shared aims and all those involved are clear about what they have to do to achieve them.

The aim of a partnership ultimately should be to improve outcomes for service users. Employers and universities should show how their jointly agreed activities in the delivery of social work education will lead to the achievement of this aim. They should also plan how the outcomes will be evaluated.
The aims of a partnership should be integrated across social work education and professional development, and include initial social work training, the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) and CPD1