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SP10145: Community profiling: community needs assessment, groups and teamwork in practice

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 70%, OT 30%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework RTP12 (70%) (CW 70% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Written and verbal report (30%) (OT 30% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: SP10145A Supplementary coursework 100% (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
Students will learn the theory and practice of assessing community needs through engaging in group projects utilising the research method known as community profiling.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit students will have learnt about the importance within social welfare, of good information, particularly about the needs of users and potential users of social services. They will have learnt about the importance of involving service users and "hearing the voice" of communities and individuals in assessment for and planning of services which counter discrimination. They will have learnt a range of skills necessary for needs assessment, utilising information gathering and analysis at a fundamental level. They will have learnt fundamental skills in communication, interviewing and enabling people to make themselves heard in the assessment process. They will have learnt about confidentiality in information gathering, storing and analysis. They will have learnt about the usefulness of ICT for storage and analysis. They will have started the process of learning about working collaboratively, both within project teams and with others involved in service user and professional networks. They will have learnt about local services and how they inter-relate. They will have learnt skills in managing workloads, the collation of data and its presentation in different forms for communication and information purposes. Students will have begun to learn about the process of reflection and evaluation both for community profiling and within their own learning. Students will also have learnt to identify indications and counter-indications for using groupwork as a method of intervention; to plan and induct members into formed groups; to select appropriate leadership styles and the tasks associated with them, such as communication and making decisions; to understand the groupwork role in relation to self-led groups; to solve common groupwork problems, and evaluate the process and outcomes of working in groups. Students will have learnt how group processes can be utilised in working with service users in the assessment of needs and the evaluation of services.

Students will have developed skills in communicating an argument; gathering information and data from a number of sources; synthesising information to gain a coherent understanding; exploring a variety of relationships and environments relevant to learning and practice; develop sensitivity to the values and interests of others; awareness of ethical issues in research; inter-personal and communication skills; presentation and verbal communication skills; team and groupworking skills; reflection upon their own performance and taking responsibility for their own professional and personal learning; managing time and workload effectively.
Demonstrate evidence of competence at level 1 of National Occupational Standards Requirements. This involves the following 5 Units.
Key Role 1
Prepare for and work with individuals, families, carers, groups and communities to assess their needs and circumstances.
Unit 1: Prepare for social work contact and involvement.
Key Role 2
Plan, carry out, review and evaluate social work practice with individuals, families, carers, groups, communities and other professionals.
Unit 6: Prepare, produce, implement and evaluate plans with individuals, families, carers, groups, communities and professional colleagues.
Unit 8: Work with groups to promote individual growth, development and independence
Key Role 5
Manage and be accountable with supervision and support for your own social work practice within your organisation.
Unit 14: Manage and be accountable for your own work.
Key Role 6
Demonstrate Professional competence in social work practice.
Unit 19: Work within agreed standards of social work practice and ensure own professional development.
Demonstrate that the value requirementss 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.
* Work in alliance with service users and carers to ensure that their rights and interests are taken into account when planning and carrying out social work practice.

Aims will be achieved by teaching input on the context, purpose and value of community profiling as a responsive, user-focused and anti-discriminatory task, and the skills and knowledge base for effective practice. There will also be teaching on the purposes of groupwork; group typologies; models of group development; planning groups; leadership styles and tasks; working with user-led groups; problem-solving in groups; recording and evaluating groups; work-based teams as groups. Students will carry out projects in collaborative groups, for a local statutory or community organisation. Close tutorial support will be available during the process of these projects in order to enhance learning. There will be a day set aside when all teams will present their final reports at the end of semester two.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP10145 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 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.