Key Info
  • Type: Unit
  • Level: 7
  • Credits: 30


The Academic leads for this unit are  Caroline Leah and Margaret Struthers

The overall aim of this unit is to provide a systematic and critical exploration of areas of practice that relate to the assessment and intervention in working with children, adults, families and communities. The focus is upon skill development underpinned by theoretical knowledge and application within and across a range of contexts and service user groups.

The unit will focus upon models of assessment and intervention and focus upon defined skill areas relating to defined areas of practice. It aims to enable recognition of the contribution, and begin to make use of, research informed practice and will focus upon utilising critical thinking and evidence based decision making to understand assessment and intervention across a range of service settings in addition to focusing upon forms of harm and their impact on people, and the implications for practice, drawing on concepts of strength, resilience, vulnerability, risk and resistance, and their application to practice. It considers assessment and intervention within an inter professional and intra organisational context and considers how practice and organisational cultures can shape and impact upon practice.
The areas identified are linked to TCSW Professional Capabilities Framework level descriptor -Social Worker and Experienced Social Worker

Unit Contents

The content will allow practitioners to develop their practice further, post qualification and learning from consolidation in practice. The curriculum will address a number of specific areas. Underpinning these areas will be the key themes of inter-professional working and service user and carer participation.

The curriculum will include:

For detailed information about this unit, please download the specification document.

Study requirements

No course specific requirements

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