Social service managers and student information provision


  • Trish Hanlen Convenor of Social Work at the University of Waikato, Tauranga, Member of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers and a registered social worker.



social work education, field education, field education placement, social service agencies,


Information about students is important to social service agency managers when they consider the question of fieldwork placement provision. This article addresses how student information may influence social service agency managers’ decision making towards hosting a student in a non-statutory agency. It draws upon a study of 13 social service agency managers in provincial Aotearoa New Zealand, which involved participants in two separate but consecutive interviews. The findings from this interpretative qualitative study, utilises an eco-systems theoretical framework. Information about students’ personal, cultural and educational characteristics and their interest in social services provide important information that influences managers’ decision-making toward provision. 


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How to Cite

Hanlen, T. (2016). Social service managers and student information provision. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 23(4), 65–75.