This module can be taken as a stand-alone module or the credits can be put towards the MA in Advanced Social Work. It is possible to exit from the MA in Advance Social Work with a Post Graduate Certificate (60 credits) or Post Graduate Diploma (120 credits. Applications are open to social workers with at least one year’s post-qualified experience.
This module aims to enhance the confidence, knowledge and skills of practitioners working with adolescents in any social work setting (for example Children in Care, Child in Need and Edge of Care teams, Youth Offending teams, CAMHS, drug and alcohol services, residential and foster care, Children with Disabilities teams)
The module will be guided by relationship and strengths-based approaches to working with young people. The knowledge base will include:
• Generic adolescent development theory, including current debates on brain development.
• The experience of being an adolescent in current society.
• Assessing risk and resilience in those considered most vulnerable because of trauma and neglect
National and international research will be presented, including research from UEA about vulnerable adolescents, along with opportunity to develop assessment, intervention and communication skills.
This module will address requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), Social Work England Professional Standards (SWEPS) and the Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS), specifically;
1) Relationships and Effective Direct Work
3) Child Development
5) Analysis, Decision Making and Review
TEACHING AND LEARNING
There will be 2 days of teaching sessions and a half-day workshop facilitated by the module leaders. Relevant guidance and readings will be provided.
• Build effective working relationships with young people
• Develop effective communication skills
• Assess young people’s needs and risks
• Plan and implement effective interventions
• Understand how to support young people through adolescent transitions
• Be aware of current research relevant to working with young people
• Be aware of current social issues relating to adolescents
• Understand the specific developmental needs of vulnerable young people