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SP20283: Social work with adults 1

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 100%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: After taking this module you must take SP30304
This unit is only available to students on the BSc Social Work and Applied Social Studies and the BSc Applied Social Studies.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To ensure students meet both the Standards of Proficiency (HCPC) and Professional Capabilities Framework (TCSW) in relation to work with adults.
The aim of this course is to ensure students have a working knowledge of the policy and legislation that regulates and guides social work, identifying legislation that will impact upon their social work practice in working with adults, and critically analysing how they can use policy and legislation to inform their social work practice with adults.

Learning Outcomes:
Students should have knowledge and understanding of (where there are numbers they relate to the Professional Capabilities Framework - the professional body curriculum):
1. the key policy and law that informs social work practice with adults
2. the role of the professional social worker in a range of contexts (PCF 1.2)
3. with reference to current legislative requirements, personal and organisational discrimination and oppression (PCF 3.2)
4. the principles of social justice, inclusion and equality (PCF 4.1)
5. how legislation and guidance can advance or constrain people's rights (PCF 4.2)
6. working within the principles of human and civil rights and equalities legislation (PCF 4.3)
7. how to apply research, theory and knowledge from sociology, social policy, psychology, health and human growth and development to social work practice (PCF 5.1)
8. the legal and policy frameworks and guidance that inform and mandate social work practice, relevant to placement setting (PCF 5.2)
9. the authority of the social work role (PCF 7.11)
10. how social work operates within, and responds to, changing economic, social, political and organisational contexts (PCF 8.1)
11. legal obligations, structures and behaviours within organisations and how these impact on policy, procedure and practice (PCF 8.2)
12. the legal and policy frameworks and guidance that inform and mandate social work practice, recognising the scope for professional judgment (PCF 5.2)
13. Understand legal obligations, structures and behaviours within organisations and how these impact on policy, procedure and practice (PCF 8.3)
14. the relationship between agency policies, legal requirements and professional boundaries in shaping the nature of services provided in interdisciplinary contexts and the issues associated with working across professional boundaries and within different disciplinary groups.(PCF 8.2; 8.7)
15. the significance of legislative and legal frameworks and service delivery standards (including the nature of legal authority, the application of legislation in practice, statutory accountability and tensions between statute, policy and practice) (PCF 5.2)
16. the moral concepts of rights, responsibility, freedom, authority and power inherent in the practice of social workers as moral and statutory agents (PCF 3.3)
17. the complex relationships between justice, care and control in social welfare and the practical and ethical implications of these, including roles as statutory agents and in upholding the law in respect of discrimination (PCF2.1; 2.3)

After completing the unit, students should have the INTELLECTUAL/KEY SKILLS to:
1. Reflect upon their own academic and professional performance and take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development (facilitated). (PCF 1.5; 1.9; 1.10)
2. Develop critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and the transferable skills to prepare the student for graduate employment (facilitated & assessed);
3. Utilise problem solving skills (facilitated & assessed);
Students should also have the PROFESSIONAL/PRACTICAL SKILLS to (numbered skills relate to the Professional Capabilities Framework):
4. Develop a knowledge of legislative and policy frameworks and the effects on social work practice with adults (taught, facilitated & assessed)
5. Undderstand and consider how to apply in practice the principles of social justice, inclusion and equality (4.1) (taught facilitated & assessed)
6. Recognise the impact of poverty and social exclusion and consider practice which promotes enhanced economic status through access to education, work, housing, health services and welfare benefits (4.4) (taught & facilitated)
7. Inform decision-making through the identification and gathering of information from more than one source and question its reliability and validity (6.2) (taught & facilitated)
8. Use skills of reflection and analysis for practice (6.4) (facilitated & assessed)
9. Use evidence to inform decisions (6.6) (taught, facilitated & assessed)
10. Demonstrate an holistic approach to the identification of needs, circumstances, rights, strengths and risks and how these are informed by law and policy in practice (7.4) (taught & facilitated)
11. identify appropriate responses to safeguard vulnerable people (7.13) (taught, facilitated & assessed)
12. understand the importance of considering specific factors relevant to social work practice (such as risk, rights, cultural differences and linguistic sensitivities, responsibilities to protect vulnerable individuals and legal obligations) in assessing human situations.

Introduction to policy and the law and how it informs social work practice; Human Rights policy & Legislation; Equalities Legislation; historical development of Disability and Community Care Legislation; policy & legislation relating to carers: social work and criminal justice policy & law; policy & law relating to Immigration and Asylum; policy & legislation relating to Housing; Safeguarding and the Court of Protection; policy on social work with adults and The Care Act; Data Protection Act; The Welfare Reform Act.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2020

SP20283 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB15 : BSc(Hons) Social Work and Applied Social Studies (Year 2)

SP20283 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences