Social distancing and social work field placements

Prospera Tedam

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The impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on social work practice placements around the world and in the United Arab Emirates is of concern to students, social work educators and service users. In this practice note, I focus on the impact of the interruption to social work practice learning for students at the United Arab Emirates University and reflect on the introduction of ‘social distancing’, a health and safety strategy aimed at reducing the likelihood of the spread of the coronavirus. I propose ways in which students in school placements can continue to develop their social work knowledge and skills ‘from a distance’ and while physically absent from their practice learning settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Practice Teaching and Learning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 23 2020


  • Coronavirus
  • Crisis management
  • Emergency
  • Field placements
  • Humanitarian relief
  • Practice learning
  • Social distancing
  • Social work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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