About SCRC

East Sussex County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council 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).

The SCRC has secured funding from the Department for Education to develop our ‘Teaching Relationships in Practice’ learning pathway model (TRIP); a fully integrated model of postgraduate qualifying and post-qualifying social work education that starts when a social worker is in training, continues through the Assessed & Supported Year in Employment and onto their ongoing continuing professional development and practice research.

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 heart of teaching and research.

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This partnership allows us to build a new, sustainable and innovative model for social work practice education across Children’s Adult services within the region.

Learning and research are critical to the creation of excellent social workers of the future and the continuing professional development of those already in practice.

The SCRC are committed to ensuring practice learning and research is of the highest possible quality and seeks to address the specific challenges in our geographical area. It involves practicing social work professionals wherever possible teaching in universities and academics sharing their learning within within the local authorities to ensure a more integrated approach.

Nicola McGeown
Chair of the SCRC
Principal Social Worker in Children’s Services
East Sussex County Council