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SP30029: Legislation for social work practice 2

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: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take SP20024. This unit is for SWASS and ASS students only.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide knowledge about the significance of legislative frameworks and the effects on social work practice and provision. To learn about the relationship between law, practice and people's lives. To develop the skills and knowledge to work effectively with the law to promote people's safety, well-being and rights.

Learning Outcomes:
The students should have an understanding and knowledge of:
* The legal framework 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;
* The key areas of legislation for statutory social work;
* The legal framework and professional boundaries that regulates practice and provision in relation to working with adults;
* The complex relationship 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;
* The roles and responsibilities of a social worker working with the law in relation to adults;
* Students should be able to assess human situations, negotiate goals and plans taking legislative options and issues of safety into account.


* To develop critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and the transferable skills to prepare the student for graduate employment (facilitated and assessed);
* To gather information, data, research and literature from a number of different sources (taught, facilitated and assessed);
* To select appropriate and relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge (facilitated and assessed);
* To synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding (facilitated and assessed);
* To utilise problem solving skills (assessed);
* To explore a variety of relationships and environments relevant to learning and practising within the context of the social work degree (facilitated and taught);
* Study and learning skills (facilitated);
* To develop a knowledge of legislative and policy frameworks and the effects on social care practice;
* To develop knowledge of the moral concepts of rights, responsibilities, freedom, authority and power and the influence on the relationship between justice, care and control in the delivery of social work services.

The legislation covered is relevant to adults. It includes areas relating to: vulnerable adults; older people; mental health; homelessness; carers; welfare rights; immigration and asylum; human rights; disability, race and sex discrimination. In relation to each of these areas of the law the students will explore the role, responsibility and duties of a social worker and court practices.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP30029 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 3)

SP30029 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
* 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.