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Course content

If you wish to develop your expertise as a Children and Families Social Worker, this course is for you.

Developing advanced systematic understanding, knowledge and analytical skills, you will enhance your competence and management of risk, based on the values of contemporary social workers.

Intermediate qualifications available:
• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/applied-social-work-practice-children-and-families#about

Course detail

• Study and use the latest ideas and theories, and promote a culture of professional curiosity that embraces current research within children and families social work
• Explore the knowledge, analytical skills and mental agility required in the assessment, planning and decision making needed for best outcomes while working collaboratively in ever-changing environments
• Develop your expertise in critical reflection, bringing analytical and research-led perspectives to the forefront of your practice when making professional judgements in complex family interventions
• Gain your full potential by enhancing your confidence, resilience, adaptability and self-awareness so that you can evaluate and plan for your own future direction and learning needs
• Benefit from discovering how best to protect vulnerable children by making professional and well-informed judgements that are based on analysis of complex evidence.

Modules

• Complex Assessments, Decision Making, Analysis and Risk
• Motivational Interviewing for Social Work
• Current Issues in Fostering and Adoption
• Supervising for Quality and Performance in Social Work
• Practice Educator Training: Stage 1
• Practice Educator Training: Stage 2
• Applying Knowledge to Work Based Learning
• Applied Research Skills in Social Work
• Dissertation for Social Workers: Children and Families

Format

This course will enable child and family social workers to develop a high degree of competence and professional expertise by engaging with current knowledge and developing a high level of skills for intervention.

The course is aimed at registered social workers practicing in the area of Children and Families service provision. Underpinned by the Professional Capabilities Framework (TCSW 2012) and current evidence from research, this course will provide Children and Families practitioners with the advanced systematic understanding, knowledge and skills needed for competent practice and the development of higher level professional capability.

Assessment

Throughout the course you will encounter a wide range of assessments designed to collectively meet a variety of individual learning styles and to support you in your progress towards becoming an autonomous learner.

These methods are designed to test you in all the areas necessary for competent practice as an experienced social work practitioner, as well as the academic disciplines underpinning this practice.

Assessments building towards the final stage of study encourage more self-directed study and autonomous learning. In some units there is an initial assessment early on in the delivery of the course to enable students to practise key skills with feedback given in areas for improvement and development.

Assessment methods include:
• Direct observation of practice
• Reports and case studies
• Presentations
• Dissertation

Careers

As the course has been mapped against the Professional Capability Framework for Social Work (TCSW 2012b), on completion you will have evidence that you have met the capabilities at advanced level.

Many career opportunities will be available to you in social work as a consequence, with some employers sponsoring aspiring practitioners onto this course.

Specifically your employability skills will be enhanced by:
• being given opportunities to practise skills through varied activities and by engaging in a simulated interview that will be recorded and analysed, including receiving thorough feedback on recorded practice
• creating a personal development strategy outlining your strengths, areas for improvements, opportunities for development and how any barriers to these can be overcome, thus mapping out ways for your aspirations to be achieved
• developing employability skills such as professional expertise, high level oral and written communication skills, analytical problem solving and decision making abilities
• learning from other social work practitioners both informally and formally about what works and what does not work in social work with children and families and sharing this knowledge to improve social work practice.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the MA Applied Social Work Practice: Children & Families page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

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