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Social Work with Children & Families - SPY00077M

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Joanne Chaplin
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
    • See module specification for other years: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19 to Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

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

Subject content

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.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback on the standard proforma, within 4 weeks

Indicative reading

  • Munro, E. (2008) Effective Child Protection, London: Sage.
  • Quinton, D. (2004) Supporting Parents: Messages from research, Jessica Kingsley, London
  • Wilson, K and James, A. (2007) The Child Protection Handbook, 3rd edition, London. Balliere Tindall
  • Aldgate, J., Jones, D., Rose, W. and Jeffery, C. (2006) The Developing World of the Child. Jessica Kingsley, London
  • Beckett, C. (2007) Child Protection: An Introduction. London: Sage.
  • Bell, M. and Wilson, K. (2003) A Practitioners Guide to Working with Families,Basingstoke, Palgrave
  • Brandon, M, Belderson, P. Warren, C., Howe, D. Gardner, R., Dodsworth, J. and Black, J (2008) Analysing child deaths and serious injury through abuse and neglect: what can we learn?DCSF, London
  • Cleaver, H, Unell, I and Aldgate, J. (2000) Childrens needs-parenting capacity, London HMSO
  • Cleaver, H. and Walker. S. (2004) Assessing childrens needs and circumstances: the impact of the Assessment Framework, Jessica Kingsley, London
  • Department of Health (1995) Child Protection: Messages from Research, London,HMSO
  • Department of Health (2001) Framework for the assessment of children in need and their families, London, HMSO
  • Department of Health (2010) Working Together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, London, HMSO
  • DfES (2003) Every Child Matters, London, TSO
  • Dwivedi, K (ed) (2002) Meeting the needs of ethnic minority children, Jessica Kingsley, London
  • Howarth, J. (2001) (ed) The childs world: assessing children in need, Jessica Kingsley, London

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.