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Strengths Based Approaches in Child Welfare

Who is it for?

This course is designed for social workers and other professionals whose work is connected to child welfare and/or child protection.  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.

Strengths Based Approaches in Child Welfare runs from January to March 2014.

Course details

Strengths Based Approaches in Child Welfare enables practitioners to engage with the latest knowledge about strengths based approaches in work with children and their families.  For example, the course explores:

  • Recent approaches to child welfare practice which are grounded in the recognition and development of strengths amongst children and their families
  • The use of strengths based approaches with 'involuntary' clients and in child protection contexts, including situations where there is child abuse is denied or minimised
  • Interpersonal and analytical skills required for sensitive use of strengths based approaches in complex work
  • Recent developments in knowledge about children and young people's resilience

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 research and practice.

Qualifications

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.

Assessment

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Fees

£726


 

 

Questions?

If you have any questions or require further information on any of our degree programmes please contact Dharman Jeyasingham

 

 

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