This fast-track social work course, with a focus on children, young people and their families, enables trainee social workers to build upon their existing knowledge and skills, and develop the expertise required for social work practice.
You will need:
a degree-level qualification in any discipline except social work from a UK higher education institute or an approved overseas equivalent
a minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification, for example, an honours degree or a graduate certificate, or, a minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a postgraduate qualification (level 7 or above) for example, a master’s degree or a postgraduate certificate/ postgraduate diploma
to have GCSEs in English or English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above, or the new grade 4 and above (or an approved equivalent)
to have completed your degree, final year students are not eligible to apply
to show evidence of your qualifications (such as certificates) and be able to upload this to the application form – this is mandatory for overseas qualifications (please ensure you have relevant electronic versions to hand prior to submitting your application)
to have a minimum of 6 months full-time (or equivalent) direct experience of working with vulnerable children, young people and/or families/carers or adults, either in a paid or voluntary capacity
to live in England
a driving licence and use of a vehicle in some locations, or to confirm that you’ll be able to travel for work if you do not have a vehicle
to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
Applications which do not meet all of these criteria will not be assessed.
If you already hold an undergraduate degree and are interested in specialising in work with children and young people, this is the ideal social work course option
This course is an intensive full-time training programme that could see you start a career as a social worker in just 14 months, whilst receiving a Department for Education bursary in addition to course fees
This generic social work qualification covers all aspects of child and family social work and working with adults required to be eligible for registering with Social Work England as a Social Worker
You’ll have the option to continue your studies from a Postgraduate Diploma to a Master’s by undertaking a dissertation which will be self-funded
The Department of Education funds this course through local authorities including Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council and Wiltshire Council, with all applications being made directly to them
Statutory placements throughout the course mean you will gain lots of relevant experience operating in real-world settings and will develop strong working relationships with those already in the profession.
Developing Professional Relationships in Social Work (Readiness for Direct Practice) for Social Work with Children and Families: You will develop knowledge and understanding of the essential personal and interpersonal skills needed to develop effective relationships with the diverse range of people in our society. The unit is underpinned by research and theory and students will be expected to reflect on their own communication patterns as well as what is needed for excellent social work practice. Through reflection on their own experiences, it will also provide the essential preparation students require to develop and demonstrate their readiness and safety to undertake practice learning in line with the national regulatory requirements.
The Child’s Journey: You’ll advance your knowledge and understanding of child development and behaviour and different sociological and psychological explanations for this. You will be encouraged to consider the interplay of psycho-social factors on the lives of children and young people, exploring a range of influences on human development including the impact of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and disability.
Law & Social Policy for Social Work with Children & Families: You will develop a critical understanding of law and social policy, social work values and ethics and considerations relevant to child and family social work. You will explore the implications of social work values and ethics and how they apply to the promotion of the best interests of children and young people.
Applying Social Work Models and Methods for Social Work with Children and Families: You will gain essential knowledge on models and methods used in social work practice with a particular focus on how these can be applied when directly working with service users. The unit equips you with an understanding of the complex and multi-layered nature of social work, including the challenges of practicing professional social work with a diverse range of social work service users and carers. The aim is to offer you insight into a range of models and methods used in current social work practice using a problem based learning approach. This includes the use of case studies and simulations to help the students in translating theoretical knowledge into practical applications.
Parenting Capacity for Social Work with Children & Families: This unit will help you develop an in-depth understanding of the multiple factors that contribute to parental mental health, substance-related and domestic violence-related problems and, crucially, the impact upon the child, including child development.
Working with Children and their Families: In this unit you will develop knowledge and understanding of social work in the context of professional practice with children and their families; including responsibilities, analytical skills and knowledge, practical skills and professional accountability in social work practice with children and their families. This Unit is underpinned by research and evidence based judgements and you will develop their understanding and competence in assessment and intervention. Students are expected to examine their own beliefs and values in relation to protection work and to build on their previous learning in both theory and practice.
Two Statutory Placements (70 & 100 days): You will gain essential practice experiences required in meeting the regulations of the professional body.
Employment opportunities include work within Local Authorities´ Children and Families teams and all aspects of social work with children, young people and their families.
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