This new, fast-track social work course focusing on children, young people and their families will enable trainee social workers to build upon their existing knowledge and skills, and develop the expertise required for social work practice.
The Department of Education will be funding this course through a cluster of local authorities which includes Dorset, Bournemouth, Poole and Wiltshire, with all applications being made directly to them. 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.
This course gives you the opportunity to study in a high-profile and nationally recognised department and benefit from direct access to research active and internationally linked academic staff. 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.
Applicants will normally have a 2:1 degree in any subject area. If English is not your first language you´ll need IELTS 7.0 (Academic) or above.
Personal Development for Social Work: You will develop your knowledge and skills to prepare you for your substantive placement units. You will develop your skills and knowledge, against the Department for Education framework for work with children and families and the HCPC Codes of practice, so that you are ready to safely undertake practice learning.
The Child’s Journey: You´ll learn 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 and Social Policy for Social Work with Children and 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.
Models, Methods and Approaches for Social Work Intervention for Child and Family Social Work: You will be encouraged to consider a range of models, methods and approaches for social work intervention. This unit will equip you with a critical 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.
Parenting Capacity for Social Work with Children and 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 Risk and Complexity for Child and Family Social Workers: You will develop knowledge and understanding of social work in the context of protection; including responsibilities, analytical skills and knowledge, practical skills and professional accountability. You will develop their understanding and competence in assessment and intervention and will be expected to examine their own beliefs and values in relation to protection work.
Two Statutory Placements (70 & 100 days): You will gain essential practice experiences required in meeting the regulations of the professional body.
If you would like to complete the full Master´s, you will complete the above units as well as two additional units:
Preparing for your Service Improvement Project: A service improvement project (SIP) aims to better a service or services. You´ll learn about an appropriate, systematic and justified methodology in a complex professional area to design an original, intellectually challenging and in-depth SIP action plan for your professional context.
Service Improvement Project: You´ll show your autonomous and independent ability in a complex professional context to expand or redefine existing knowledge or develop new approaches to service improvement, and then evaluate your SIP´s impact.
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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