Assessment and Decision Making in the Context of Child Neglect
Who is it for?
Assessment and Decision Making in the Context of Child Neglect is designed for social workers and other professionals who work in children’s safeguarding, child protection, looked after children’s or adoption services.
The course is accessible for people who are studying part-time and for people across the UK who are able to travel to Lancaster for two separate days during the course.
Child Neglect runs from April to June 2014.
Whilst neglect is one of the most common forms of maltreatment that child protection practitioners encounter, it is also likely to present particular challenges in terms of assessing impact, establishing working relationships and enabling positive and sustained changes. Practitioners working with older children and in looked after children’s and adoption services also encounter children who have needs as a result of past experiences of neglect. Research about neglect, its impact and how practitioners respond to it has increased substantially in recent years and this course enables practitioners to engage with this knowledge and consider its relevance for their practice.
This course explores the following topics:
The course is delivered through two intensive, day-long workshops and a series of learning activities, virtual seminars and online discussion forums over the course of ten weeks. Course participants are facilitated to work as a small group of experienced practitioners, engaging in exercises which enable them to share detailed, anonymised accounts of their practice for critical analysis in a supportive environment. There is an emphasis on engaging with and employing current knowledge in order to develop practice throughout the course. Participants will also be able to access a number of master classes by leaders in child welfare and child protection research and practice.
This course carries 20 Higher Education credits at level 7. Successful completion leads to a Lancaster University Postgraduate Certificate of Achievement. Academic credits can also be used towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MA in Advanced Social Work.
The course is assessed via a written assignment of 4000 words, where students use current knowledge to critically analyse practice. Students have access to face to face and e-tutorials in relation to their assessed work. There are no exams.
Applicants should have at least a lower second class honours degree in social work or a social science subject, or a degree level qualification in a related profession, or a Masters degree in Social Work.
Social workers taking this course should have practised for at least one year following qualification.
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