The different roles of key participants

The role of the QUT Field Education Liaison Visitor (LV)

The Field Education Liaison Visitor (hereafter referred to as the Liaison Visitor) is an educator from the University and is familiar with the guidelines and framework of the placement provided by the University. They perform the following roles:

  • an initial contact role to outline and explain key aspects of the Field Education program and the obligations and requirement of placement experiences;
  • a consultancy role in which they consult with the agency supervisor and the student regarding teaching and learning strategies appropriate to the placement;
  • a mediation/problem-solving role in which they support the agency supervisor and student in the management and resolution of difficulties and or unexpected situations that arise on placement and;
  • a quality assurance role in which they monitor the placement context and student progress to ensure these fall within the guidelines of the University.

The field education liaison visitor (LV) conducts their role by:

  • undertaking two agency visits during the placement in order to review the student’s progress in achieving learning outcomes;
  • being the first ‘port of call’ for any placement issue;
  • regular email/telephone or Skype (where agreed to by the agency) contact and;
  • being available for further agency visits should the need arise.

University Liaison Visits

  • QUT undertakes two Liaison Visits, the first in week 3-4 and the final visit will be held mid placement, e.g. 250 hours, in conjunction with the preparation of mid placement report.
  • Your QUT field education liaison visitor (LV) will contact you to make a time for the first liaison visit to discuss student learning and expectations regarding the placement. The main focus of the first visit is to ensure that the student has adjusted to the placement situation, is developing a workable learning plan (LP) and that workplace health and safety procedures are followed. The student is expected to make a brief presentation on the development of their learning plan during this first visit, having emailed the draft LP to the LV prior to the meeting.
  • The second liaison visit occurs around the time of the mid-placement evaluation. It is an opportunity to reflect upon the student's learning to date, acknowledge achievements and make plans for the remainder of placement, addressing any gaps and making adjustments to the learning plan. The LV will also stay in touch with the student and Field Supervisor throughout the placement.

The roles of participants

A placement is a collaborative endeavour involving four or more key players. These key players work together towards the same aim: facilitating the student’s transition from trainee or ‘novice’ to social work practitioner.

The Roles of participants
Student A student practitioner in training:
Agency Supervisor(s) (or field educator) A social work or human service professional within the Agency who assumes responsibility for the facilitation of learning via regular formal and informal supervision. The Field Educator supervising a social work student is required to have a social work qualification with at least 2 years practice experience.
QUT Field Education Liaison Visitor Provides support and quality assurance
External Social Work Supervisor Only where required and agreed in advance in the absence of an appropriately qualified social worker at the agency.
Coordinator Field Education Oversees and coordinates the program