Applying the Peer Learning Bubble Model with voluntary sector social work students in Northern Ireland.

  • MacDermott, D. (Keynote speaker)
  • Caoimhe Harkin-MacDermott (Keynote speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Lunchtime webinar hosted by the Northern Ireland social Care Council.

The Peer Learning Bubble Model (MacDermott and Harkin-MacDermott, 2021) is a conceptual framework aimed to progress the conversations and debates on promoting opportunities for alternative and creative ways of delivering social education in Northern Ireland.

This interactive presentation will explore the application of the Peer Learning Bubble Model in social work placement settings. The model’s four domains – Support, Learn, Participate, and Develop – will be discussed, and you’ll hear real-life examples and reflections from social work students and practice teachers who have used the model during their placements.

The weminar will focus on voluntary sector placement settings, and will include feedback from first and second placement students and practice teachers. By the end of the seminar, you’ll have a better understanding of how the Peer Learning Bubble Model can be used to enhance learning, provide support, and promote development in social work placements.

Initial feedback from students indicates there is value and scope for this Model to be used with newly qualified social workers to support and facilitate their Assessed Year in Employment.
Period7 Jun 2023
Held atNorthern Ireland Social Care Council, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Student Centred Learning
  • Practice teaching
  • Placement
  • Assessed Year in Employment
  • Voluntary sector