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


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This unit is designed to provide a critical overview of contemporary policy and legislation in one or more of the following areas: Children’s Services; Adults Services;
Mental Health Services; Integrated Services; Mental Capacity; Family Justice.

The unit will include critical evaluation and analysis of the impact of contemporary policy and legislation on service users, carers and professionals. The unit teaching and learning materials and the unit assessment will be linked to the student’s area of practice or leadership and their professional development in the context of the TCSW capabilities framework.

Unit Contents

The content of the unit will focus on one or more of the following areas of contemporary policy and legislation: Children’s Services; Adults Services; Mental Health Services; Integrated Services; Mental Capacity; Family Justice.

The unit will use a combination of masterclasses and tutor-supported learning activities, which may include workshops, online learning activities and other tutor-directed study.

Teaching and learning activities, and assessment, will focus on critical evaluation and analysis of the impact of policy and legislation on service users, carers and professionals in one or more of the identified areas of practice and leadership, according to the needs of the group.

Student groups will be structured in relation to the range of practice and leadership areas, to ensure that teaching and learning materials and activities can be focussed and presented to the appropriate depth to enable the learning outcomes to be met at Masters Level.
Students will be encouraged to develop a research minded approach to the study of policy and legislation and to consider this within case law and professional practice.

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

Study requirements

No course specific restrictions

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Level 5 units are the academic equivalent of diploma level, level 6 units are at Bachelor’s degree level, and level 7 units are at Master’s degree level.

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