Enhancing Social Work Education with Virtual Reality: Introducing Virtual_Decisions

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In today’s rapidly evolving world, it is crucial for social workers to be equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge, and confidence to make critical decisions that can have a profound impact on people’s lives. Traditional methods of workshops and coaching may not always effectively engage all audiences, especially when dealing with sensitive, challenging, or dangerous topics. However, what if there was a solution that allowed social workers to experience realistic scenarios in a safe and controlled environment, enabling them to make choices and witness the consequences of their actions without any real-world risks? This is where Virtual_Decisions comes in.

Virtual_Decisions: A Revolutionary VR in Education Program:

Virtual_Decisions is an innovative VR in Education program that can support and develop newly qualified social workers during their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). By utilizing immersive VR experiences and creative arts workshops, Virtual_Decisions offers a unique approach to learning and development.

Immersive VR Experiences:

Through Virtual_Decisions, social workers can immerse themselves in realistic scenarios that simulate real-life situations. They have the opportunity to make decisions and witness the consequences of their actions, all within a safe and controlled virtual environment. This interactive VR learning experience provides cinematic realism, making users feel like they are controlling real-life scenarios.

Safe Space for Learning and Reflection:

One of the key advantages of Virtual_Decisions is the ability to provide a safe space for social workers to make difficult decisions and see the impact play out without any real-world consequences. This allows them to reflect on their personal journey and learn from the feedback and guidance of expert facilitators. By experiencing scenarios in a virtual world, social workers can develop their decision-making, critical thinking, and communication skills.

Relevance to Social Work Practice:

Virtual_Decisions covers a wide range of social issues that are relevant to social work practice, including child protection, domestic abuse, mental health, and substance misuse. The program is based on extensive research and consultation with young people, academics, and professionals. It aligns with the Professional Capabilities Framework and the Knowledge and Skills Statements for social workers, ensuring its relevance and effectiveness in enhancing social work education.

Positive Impact and Testimonials:

Virtual_Decisions has already made a positive impact on various organizations and professionals. Liz Fuller, Deputy Principal Social Worker at Staffordshire County Council, praised the program, stating that it provided an interactive session that allowed participants to put themselves in the shoes of young people facing challenging situations. The facilitators were highly regarded for their expertise and authenticity, and the session provided important takeaways for social workers.


Virtual_Decisions offers a groundbreaking approach to social work education by utilizing immersive VR experiences and creative arts workshops. By providing a safe and controlled environment for social workers to make decisions and witness the consequences of their actions, the program enhances critical skills such as decision-making, critical thinking, and communication. It also promotes empathy, resilience, and self-awareness. 

If you are interested in learning more about how Virtual_Decisions can benefit your organization and newly qualified social workers, please contact us at info@roundmidnight.org.uk

Embrace the power of virtual reality in social work education with Virtual_Decisions.