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Department of Social & Policy Sciences, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

SP20021: Social work placement/critical reflective practice

Click here for further information Credits: 18
Click here for further information Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: This unit is only available to SWASS students.
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is for students to provide evidence of Practice Units and Value requirements whilst providing a critical reflection of their own practice. The essay should focus on the service users (communities, groups, carers, families or individuals) with whom the student had experience on their placement. The student should critically analyse the kind of social work provided by them and others in the agency.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit students will have learnt: Knowledge:
* Knowledge of the nature of social care services and practices (relating to their particular placement agency), and how they respond to diversity and tackle discrimination.
* Knowledge of the purpose of partnership working and information sharing across professional disciplines and agencies and with services users and carers.
* The significance of legislative and policy frameworks and the effects on practice in social care.
* Knowledge of organisational processes such as policy implementation, management, use of information technology and the pursuit of quality in service delivery.
* Knowledge of theories about the impact of authority and power in the social care role.

By the end of this unit student will have learnt: Intellectual skills.
* To utilise skills in critical appraisal of relevant social research and evaluation methodologies and of the concept of evidence for effective social care, in the sector particular to the placement.
* To develop a range of skills for practice in social care, their theoretical roots, the research evidence to support them and an ability to critically reflect upon their relevance for effectiveness in interventions with service users particular to the placement.
* To think creatively and analytically, including self assessment and critical reflection upon knowledge and practice relevant to social care.
* To communicate an argument.
* To learn independently and be able to assess own learning needs (i.e. identify strengths and improve weaknesses in methods of learning and studying.
* To utilise problem solving skills.
Professional skills
* To develop skills in assessment, planning, intervention and review.
* To develop skills in partnership, working across professional disciplines and with service users and carers.
* To develop skills in managing problem solving through gathering and analysing information, using information and other forms of knowledge in making decisions about appropriate social work interventions and evaluating their effectiveness.
* To develop skills in communication across a range of interventions - with fellow professionals, carers and users of services - in written and verbal forms, and having a clear understanding of the principles and practice of inter-cultural communication, and confidentiality.
* To develop skills of active and purposeful listening, checking understanding, responding appropriately, developing arguments and recording accurately, clearly and accessibly within the placement agency time-scales.
* To develop skills in working with marginalised people - working in partnership with service users, involving them in decision-making, consulting meaningfully with others, developing helpful and respectful relationships that can lead to change.
* To take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development.
* To develop sensitivity to the values and interests of others.
* To effectively and efficiently apply principles of sociological/social policy analysis within the placement environment.
Key skills.
* To communicate effectively and at all levels and using different means (i.e. written, verbal, visual).
* Lead others confidently and competently, and work effectively as part of a team.
* To reflect upon his/her own academic and professional learning and development.
* Use meetings effectively.
* Work effectively in organisations.
* Utilise problem-solving skills in a variety of theoretical and practiical situations.
* Manage time, prioritise workloads and utilise long and short term planning skills and respond to changing demands.
* Work independently and as part of a team to identify and achieve clear goals.

Demonstrate evidence of competence at level 2 of National Occupational Standards Requirements. This involves the following 9 Units plus the five listed at Level One.
Key Role 1: Prepare for, and work with individuals, families, carers, groups and communities to assess their needs and circumstances.
* Unit 2: work with individuals, families, carers, groups and communities to help them make informed decisions.
* Unit 3: Assess needs and options to recommend a course of action.
Key Role 2: Plan, carry out, review and evaluate social work practice with individuals, families, carers, groups, communities and other professionals.
* Unit 5: Interact with individuals, families, carers, groups and communities to achieve change and development, and to improve life opportunities.
* Unit 7: Support the development of network to meet assessed needs and planned outcomes.
Key Role 3: Support individuals to represent their needs, views and circumstances.
* Unit 10: Advocate with, and on behalf of individuals, families, carers, groups and communities.
* Unit 11: Prepare for and participate in decision-making forums.
Key Role 5: Manage and be accountable with supervision and support for your own social work practice within your organisation.
* Unit 16: Manage, present and share records and report.
* Unit 17: Work within multi-disciplinary and multi-organisational teams, networks and systems.
Key Role 6: Demonstrate professional competence in social work practice.
* Unit 18: Research, analyse, evaluate and use current knowledge of best social work practice.
Demonstrate that the value requirements have been met. Students have to:
* Identify and question their own values and prejudices and the implications for practice.
* Respect and value uniqueness and diversity and recognise and build on strengths, promote people's rights to choice, privacy, confidentiality and protections, whilst recognising and addressing the complexities of competing rights and demands.
* assist people to increase control of and improve the quality of their lives, while recognising that control of behaviour will be required at times in order to protect children and adults from harm.
* identify, analyse and take action to counter discrimination, racism, disadvantage, inequality and injustice, using strategies appropriate to role and function.
* practice in a manner that does not stigmatise or disadvantage either individuals, groups or communities.
* Assess potential risk to self and colleagues.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

SP20021 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

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

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