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SP30248: Social work with children and families 2

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
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: 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:
  • Assessment Group S: Coursework (CW 100% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Assessment Group N: 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 module you must take SP20246
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 children and families.
* To enable students to develop their knowledge, skills and values so that they are better able to work with children and their families in multi-professional settings and in private, voluntary and social enterprise organisations.
* With support identify appropriate responses to safeguard vulnerable people and promote their wellbeing.
* This Unit builds on students' prior learning from personal and/or professional experience and from previous study, including Social Work with Children and Families 1 (SP20246).

Learning Outcomes:
After completing the unit, students should have a knowledge and understanding of:
1. Significant policy developments in relation to children and child care services in England; PCF 8.1; 8.3
2. The key areas of legislation for statutory social work in relation to fostering, adoption, and looked after children PCF 5.2
3. Children and youth justice and the roles and responsibilities of the social worker; PCF 1.2
4. Methods of intervention with children and with adults. PCF 5.8
5. Students should also be prepared to: Undertake work with individual children, families, carers and other professionals; PCF 2.4; 2.5; 2.6
6. Understand how to assess needs and analyse risks to children; PCF 7.4; 7.5;7.6;7.7
7. Assess multiple problems and significant risk factors; PCF 7.4; 7.12
8. Recognise the factors that exacerbate or create risk to individuals, their families or carers, to the public or to
professionals, themselves and contribute to the assessment and management of risk; PCF 7.12; 7.13
9. Plan and carry out a course of action in response to an assessment PCF 7.2; 7.3;7.4; 7.5; 7.6;7.7; 7.8; 7.9;7.10; 7.11; 7.12; 7.13
10. Work effectively in a multi-professional environment. PCF 8.2; 8.5;8.7

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 and assessed); PCF 1.1; 6.4
3. Gather information, data, research and literature from a number of different sources (taught, facilitated and assessed); PCF 6.2
4. Select appropriate and relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge (facilitated and assessed); PCF 6.2
5. Inform decision-making through the identification and gathering of information from multiple sources, actively seeking new sources PCF 6.2
6. With support, rigorously question and evaluate the reliability and validity of information from different sources; (facilitated and assessed); PCF 6.3
7. Develop the confidence to engage effectively with situations of increasing complexity, serious hostility, conflicts of interest and challenge; PCF 7.10
8. Develop the skills to use authority and challenge appropriately; PCF 1.11
9. Work effectively with complex families and organisational dynamics (facilitated) PCF 3.1; 4.4; 7.1; 7.2; 7.3; 7.10; 8.2
10. Explore a variety of relationships and environments relevant to learning and practising within the context of the social work degree (facilitated and taught); PCF 1.2
11. Study and learning skills (facilitated);
12. Revision and examination skills (facilitated and taught);
Students should also have the PROFESSIONAL/PRACTICAL SKILLS to:
13. Synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of child care practice (facilitated and assessed). PCF 6.2
14. Understand and apply the profession's ethical principles and legislation, takingg account of these in reaching decisions (taught, facilitated and assessed); PCF 2.1; 2.2; 2.3; 2.4; 2.5; 2.6
15. Critically evaluate and assess child care research and evidence as well as a variety of other information, such as child development and attachment theory, child care policy and guidance (taught, facilitated and assessed).PCF 5.1; 5.2; 5.3; 5.4; 5.5; 5.6; 5.7; 5.8;5.9; 5.10; 5.11; 5.12
16. Use research evidence to inform their practice (facilitated and assessed) PCF 5.10
17. Apply their learning to work with children and their families in a range of settings (facilitated and assessed).PCF 1.2; 8.2
18. Apply their knowledge of attachment theory, child development and theories of change in working with families to meet the needs of children (taught and assessed) PCF5.1; 5.3;5.5; 5.6;5.7; 5.8
19. Work in partnership with children, parents, carers and other professionals, including those from different disciplines (taught and assessed) PCF 2.4; 5.12; 7.5
20. Reflect upon their own academic and professional performance and take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development (facilitated). PCF1.5; 1.9; 1.10
21. 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 (facilitated ;) PCF 2.5; 3.2; 3.3; 4.1; 4.2; 4.3; 4.5; 7.4
22. Recognise their own professional limitations and how to seek advice .PCF 1.8


* Signs and symptoms of abuse,
* Neglect,
* Child development and advanced attachment theory.
* Assessment: Working with complex cases,
* Assessment: Signs of safety.
* Planning and review for looked after children. Children with disability
* Bereavement and loss
* Direct work with children and young people
* Child protection case conferences.
* Court room craft.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP30248 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)

SP30248 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences