The module aims to enable students to build upon the knowledge and experience they have acquired in previous teaching and during practice learning, so that they are prepared for working with children and families in a range of situations and settings, including child protection work. We will do this by exploring a range of issues in assessment, planning and intervention - first within the framework of children s rights and second with an understanding of the concept of risk.
The module will also offer the opportunity for students to develop their practice skills, in particular in communication with children and young people in different settings and including in substitute and out of home care. The opportunity will also be provided to look in detail at working in partnership with parents and carers, and to explore key issues for families with children who are disabled and who experience parental mental ill health and domestic violence.
Relationship to the domains of the PCF
This module aims to contribute to the ability of students to demonstrate that they have reached the qualifying level descriptors in all 9 of the domains of the PCF
Relationship to the KSS for Social Workers in Child and Family Services
This module aims to prepare students for their first year in post-qualifying practice by contributing to their development across all aspects of the KSS.
Module learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students will be able to demonstrate:
A more detailed understanding of service users experiences of social problems encountered by some children and families, including experiences of abuse, neglect or maltreatment
Detailed understanding of theoretical concepts for understanding these experiences
An up to date and detailed understanding of the legal and policy context for social work with this service user group
Knowledge of current research in the field, and the ability to evaluate and make use of it
An understanding of the nature of anti-oppressive practice in this area of social work
Developed communication skills specific to this area of practice
Knowledge of specialist assessment and intervention models, including for risk assessment and management
Understanding of inter-agency working in this area of social work
Understanding of the dynamics of partnership working with service users
The ability to reflect critically on their own practice with this service user group
Academic and graduate skills
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
Demonstrate their in depth knowledge of social work with children and families and the relevance of their learning to their future career
Understand the role of the KSS for Child and Family Social Work as a framework for post-qualifying practice in the statutory sector.
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Special assessment rules
% of module mark
Written feedback on the standard proforma, within 4 weeks
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