South Coast Regional Centre for Social Work Education (SCRC)

Innovative social work education on the frontline

East Sussex County Council and Brighton & Hove City Councils and the Universities of Brighton and Sussex have come together to form a Teaching Partnership called the South Coast Regional Centre for Social Work Education (SCRC).

We have a vision for the transformation of delivery of social work education as part of the universities’ postgraduate programmes, which puts frontline practice at the forefront of teaching and research. It will also help us to meet the challenges that we experience in our geographical area.

What does the SCRC mean for practitioners in East Sussex?

There are opportunities for practitioners to get involved in this innovative social work education model via its three SCRC Hubs:

  • Social Work Student Learning Hub
  • Professional Practice Development Hub
  • Practice Research Hub.
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The Student Learning Hub (SLH)

The SLH will be a student unit of 5–8 postgraduate level qualifying students led by a Professional Education Consultant (PEC), who is responsible for educating and contributing to your assessment of the practice of students on placement in your team.

Students will continue to be placed within teams – coming together as a learning hub with the PECs through group supervision and skills workshops. This new model will provide you and your team with additional support for practice educators and supervisors and the added value that a group learning model will bring for students.

The Professional Development Hub (PDH)

The PDH will focus on developing direct work grounded in day-to-day practice and be orientated to an innovative education and professional learning pathway. The PDH has a number of strands of activity planned including the ‘Practitioners Who Teach’ programme to prepare practitioners for teaching on social work qualifying programmes and ‘Academics in Practice’ which will provide opportunities for academics from both Universities to reengage with frontline practice.

The Practice Research Hub (PRH)

The PRH will embed research firmly in frontline practice and create a virtuous circle of education-practice-research. It will give practitioners the opportunity to engage in research that gives us an insight into current social work practice and the challenges we are facing. Practitioners will drive the questions to be answered by research and academics will support research activities that promote improvements in practice.

How can ESCC practitioners get involved in the SCRC?

If you’re interested in the Professional Practice Development or Practice Research Hubs email