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Avril Bellinger and Deirdre Ford

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318606

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318606.001.0001

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Social media for students in practice

Social media for students in practice

(p.121) Eight Social media for students in practice
Practice placement in social work

Joanne Westwood

Policy Press

This chapter examines social media in social work practice to explore how organisations and practitioners can ensure it is used safely. In practice the barriers to engagement with social media, especially concerns about practitioner, service user and carer privacy and confidentiality are amplified. This chapter explores the opportunities which social media presents as well as the threats. New communication technologies have enormous potential for practice, but only as long as they are used ethically by practitioners aware of the importance of professional boundaries. This chapter draws on a small piece of research with practice educators about their use of social media with students. Practice educators can work with students to develop understanding of how social media interactions may lead to conflict and tension between practitioners and service users, but also how they have the potential to strengthen relationships and communication. Practice educators can contribute by engaging in social media activities, and by familiarising themselves with policy and codes of conduct related to social media in their own agencies.

Keywords:   Social media, Communication technologies, Professional boundaries

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