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SP30256: Social work practice placement year 3

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:
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment Group S: SW Practice learning placement year 3 (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: While taking this module you must take SP30035
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
For students to satisfactorily evidence that they have met the practice level required at the end of their second placement. The evidence should demonstrate knowledge and skills and values related to the nine domains of the Professional Capability Framework.
By the end of the second placement & the completion of qualifying programmes newly qualified social workers should have demonstrated the Knowledge, Skills and Values to work with a range of user groups, and the ability to undertake a range of tasks at a foundation level, the capacity to work with more complex situations; they should be able to work more autonomously, whilst recognising that the final decision will still rest with their supervisor; they will seek appropriate support and supervision.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit students will have built up evidence to demonstrate how they meet the required standards of the Professional Capability Framework.
1. Professionalism:
* Be able to meet the requirements of the professional regulator PCF 1.1
* Be able to explain the role of the social worker in a range of contexts, and uphold the reputation of the profession PCF 1.2
* Demonstrate an effective and active use of supervision for accountability, professional reflection and development PCF 1.3
* Demonstrate professionalism in terms of presentation, demeanour, reliability, honesty and respectfulness PCF 1.4
* Take responsibility for managing your time and workload effectively, and begin to prioritise your activity including supervision time PCF 1.5
* Recognise the impact of self in interaction with others, making appropriate use of personal experience PCF 1.6
* Be able to recognise and maintain personal and professional boundaries PCF 1.7
* Recognise your professional limitations and how to seek advice PCF 1.8
* Demonstrate a commitment to your continuing learning and development PCF 1.9
* With support, take steps to manage and promote own safety, health, wellbeing and emotional resilience PCF 1.10
* Identify concerns about practice and procedures and, with support, begin to find appropriate means of challenge PCF 1.11
2. Values and Ethics: Apply social work ethical principles and values to guide professional practice. PCF 2.1
* Recognise and, with support, manage the impact of own values on professional practice PCF 2.2
* Manage potentially conflicting or competing values, and, with guidance, recognise, reflect on, and work with ethical dilemmas PCF 2.3
* Demonstrate respectful partnership work with service users and carers, eliciting and respecting their needs and views, and promoting their participation in decision-making wherever possible PCF 2.4
* Recognise and promote individuals' rights to autonomy and self-determination PCF 2.5
* Promote and protect the privacy of individuals within and outside their families and networks, recognising the requirements of professional accountability and information sharing PCF 2.6
3. Diversity: Recognise diversity and apply anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles in practice
* Understand how an individual's identity is informed by factors such as culture, economic status, family composition, life experiences and characteristics, and take account of these to understand their experiences, questioning assumptions where necessary PCF 3.1
* With reference to current legislative requirements, recognise personal and organisational discrimination and oppression and with guidance make use of a range of approaches to challenge them PCF 3.2
* Recognise and manage the impact on people of the power invested in your role PCF 3.3
4. Rights, Justice and Economic Wellbeing: Advance human rights and promote social justice and economic well-being
* Understand, identify and apply in practice the principles of social justice, inclusion and equality PCF 4.1
* Understand how legislation and guidance can advance or constrain people's rights and recognise how the law may be used to protect orr advance their rights and entitlements PCF 4.2
* Work within the principles of human and civil rights and equalities legislation, differentiating and beginning to work with absolute, qualified and competing rights and differing needs and perspectives PCF 4.3
* Recognise the impact of poverty and social exclusion and promote enhanced economic status through access to education, work, housing, health services and welfare benefits PCF 4.4
* Recognise the value of, and aid access to, independent advocacy PCF4.5
5. Knowledge: Apply knowledge of social sciences, law and social work practice theory
* Demonstrate a critical understanding of the application to social work of research, theory and knowledge from sociology, social policy, psychology and health PCF 5.1
* Demonstrate a critical understanding of the legal and policy frameworks and guidance that inform and mandate social work practice, recognising the scope for professional judgement PCF5.2
* Demonstrate and apply to practice a working knowledge of human growth and development throughout the life course PCF 5.3
* Recognise the short and long term impact of psychological, socio-economic, environmental and physiological factors on people's lives, taking into account age and development, and how this informs practice PCF 5.4
* Recognise how systemic approaches can be used to understand the person-in-the-environment and inform your practice PCF 5.5
* Acknowledge the centrality of relationships for people and the key concepts of attachment, separation, loss, change and resilience. PCF 5.6
* Understand forms of harm and their impact on people, and the implications for practice, drawing on concepts of strength, resilience, vulnerability, risk and resistance, and apply to practice PCF 5.7
* Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the range of theories and models for social work intervention with individuals, families, groups and communities, and the methods derived from them PCF 5.8
* Demonstrate a critical understanding of social welfare policy, its evolution, implementation and impact on people, social work, other professions, and inter-agency working (PCF 5.9)
* Recognise the contribution, and begin to make use, of research to inform practice (PCF 5.10)
* Demonstrate a critical understanding of research methods (PCF 5.11)
* Value and take account of the expertise of service users and carers and professionals (PCF 5.12)
6. Critical reflection and Analysis - Apply critical reflection and analysis to inform and provide a rationale for professional decision-making
* Apply imagination, creativity and curiosity to practice PCF 6.1
* Inform decision-making through the identification and gathering of information from multiple sources, actively seeking new sources PCF 6.2
* With support, rigorously question and evaluate the reliability and validity of information from different sources PCF 6.3
* Demonstrate a capacity for logical, systematic, critical and reflective reasoning and apply the theories and techniques of reflective practice PCF 6.4
* Know how to formulate, test, evaluate, and review hypotheses in response to information available at the time and apply in practice PCF 6.5
* Begin to formulate and make explicit, evidence-informed judgements and justifiable decisions. PCF 6.6
7. Intervention and skills: Use judgement and authority to intervene with individuals, families and communities to promote independence, provide support and prevent harm, neglect and abuse

* Identify and apply a range of verbal, non-verbal and written methods of communication and adapt them in line with peoples' age, comprehension and culture PCF 7.1
* Be able to communicate information, advice, instruction and professional opinion so as to advocate, influence and persuade PCF 7.2
* Demonstrate the ability to engage with people, and build, manage, sustain and conclude compassionate and effective relationships PCF 7.3
* Demonstrate an holistic approach to the identification of needs, circumstances, rights, strengths and risks PCF 7.4
* Select and use appropriate frameworks to assess, give meaning to, plan, implement and review effective interventions and evaluate the outcomes, in partnership with service users PCF 7.5
* Use a planned and structured approach, informed by social work methods, models and tools, to promote positive change and independence and to prevent harm PCF 7.6
* Recognise how the development of community resources, groups and networks enhance outcomes for individuals PCF 7.7
* Maintain accurate, comprehensible, succinct and timely records and reports in accordance with applicable legislation, protocols and guidelines, to support professional judgement and organisational responsibilities PCF 7.8
* Demonstrate skills in sharing information appropriately and respectfully PCF 7.9
* Recognise complexity, multiple factors, changing circumstances and uncertainty in people's lives, to be able to prioritise your intervention PCF 7.10
* Understand the authority of the social work role and begin to use this appropriately as an accountable professional PCF 7.11
* Recognise the factors that create or exacerbate risk to individuals, their families or carers, to the public or to professionals, including yourself, and contribute to the assessment and management of risk PCF 7.12
* With support, identify appropriate responses to safeguard vulnerable people and promote their well being PCF 7.13
8. Contexts and organisations: Engage with, inform, and adapt to changing contexts that shape practice. Operate effectively within own organisational frameworks and contribute to the development of services and organisations. Operate effectively within multi-agency and inter-professional partnerships and settings
* Recognise that social work operates within, and responds to, changing economic, social, political and organisational contexts PCF 8.1
* Understand the roles and responsibilities of social workers in a range of organisations, lines of accountability and the boundaries of professional autonomy and discretion PCF 8.2
* Understand legal obligations, structures and behaviours within organisations and how these impact on policy, procedure and practice PCF 8.3
* Be able to work within an organisation's remit and contribute to its evaluation and development PCF 8.4
* Understand and respect the role of others within the organisation and work effectively with them PCF 8.5
* Take responsibility for your role and impact within teams and be able to contribute positively to effective team working PCF 8.6
* Understand the inter-agency, multi-disciplinary and inter-professional dimensions to practice and demonstrate effective partnership working PCF 8.7
9. Professional Leadership: Take responsibility for the professional learning and development of others through supervision, mentoring, assessing, research, teaching, leadership and management
* Recognise the importance of, and begin to demonstrate, professional leadership as a social worker PCF 9.1
* Recognise the value of, and contribute to supporting the learning and development of others PCF9.2

During the Social Work Practice Placement Year 3 (90 day placement) students will be provided with the opportunities through practice and assessment to confirm that they meet the qualifying social work level of capabilities.
Students will develop knowledge skills and values in relation to the nine domains of the Professional Capability Framework (see learning outcomes, above).
Students will be provided with opportunities to confirm the evidence relating to the nine domains of the Professional Capability Framework that has underpinned their practice. (These skills, below, will be taught, facilitated and assessed.)

During the Social Work Practice Placement Year 3 (90 days) students will be provided with different opportunities to confirm that they have developed their knowledge, skills and values that relate to the nine domain
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP30256 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)