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MA Applied Social Work Practice: Children & Families

Course Description

This programme has been endorsed by TCSW as having met the social work professional quality criteria.

Contact to find out more about course content or how to apply.

Course Summary

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

Choose Applied Social Work Practice: Children and Families MA at Bedfordshire and:

- 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.

Why choose this course?

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.

Career Management Skills

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.

More specifically your employability skills will be enhanced by:

- being given opportunities to practise teaching 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, 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.

Career/Further study opportunities

Many students will be doing this course in order to develop their career or change direction. The focus of the course as a whole will assist students to review their career and plan for using their new skills and knowledge in practice, either in their present employment or by developing their range of skills by taking on new challenges. As this course has various options, advice will be available from the course team and personal tutor as to which optional units best meet students personal and professional development needs in consultation, where appropriate, with their employer.

Progression routes for students, beyond these courses, have been identified and graduates will have a range of appropriate opportunities to continue their professional development by accessing the expanding range of Professional Doctorate programmes, including the Departments Professional Doctorate in Children and Young Peoples Services, Leadership and the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice.

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

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will normally have an Honours degree (2:2 or above) and must have a professional qualification in Social Work. They also must have 1 year of post qualifying experience to be eligible to apply for the course

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