Advanced practice with children and families (masters level)
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Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module will enhance your existing knowledge and skills of working with complex intra- and inter-personal processes in the promotion of the wellbeing and protection of children and young people. You will learn about systemic ways of working with children and families, and improve your knowledge of current research and its use in practice. You will also cover situations in which there is a risk of harm or impairment of development of children and young people.

Topics covered in the module will include analytical writing for child and family social work, working with resistance, assessing risk in the context of parental substance misuse and mental health difficulties, approaches to Systemic Family Work, exploring family relationships, resilience and child development and trauma and child protection.

Course details

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • understand and reflect on complex interpersonal and intrapersonal processes in child welfare and safeguarding children, including being able to select and apply knowledge from a wide range of relevant resources.
  • demonstrate deep knowledge of a specialised field of study: critical, evidence informed, analytical writing skills in presenting work with children and families in a written format.
  • demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory in systemic child and family social work, and respond critically to new knowledge relating to practice in a specialised child and family setting.

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards the MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Safeguarding Adults - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information. 

Assessment

The assessment for this module is a 4,000 word essay on the application of theory from the module on a case from your own practice.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

The dates for the next delivery are to be confirmed.

Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change, always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

Module lead - Dr Sue Cook

"This module will enhance social work practitioners’ existing knowledge and skills in working with complex intra- and inter-personal processes in the promotion of wellbeing and protection of children and young people. It will incorporate learning about systemic ways of working with children and families, and enhance knowledge of current research and its use in practice."


Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this module:

  • you must have previously studied to graduate level.
  • you must be a health or social work or social care professional with a first degree in social work.
  • you must be in current or recent employment in a social work role or be employed/working in a field relevant to social work.

You'll be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Fees and funding

Fees

Please see our professional development module fees page.

Funding

Funding for this module may be available through your employing trust. Please contact your trust’s education coordinator in the first instance. If you work in the private, independent or voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you accordingly.