This module can be taken as a stand lone 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 will enhance practitioners’ and managers’ understanding and appreciation of child and adolescent development and mental health as a basis for effective professional practice with children and families. It will be relevant for all areas of social work with children e.g. family support; work with children with disabilities; child protection; children in care; kinship, fostering, adoption or residential care; CAMHs; Cafcass; IRO; youth offending.
The module includes two taught days, a workshop focussed on case discussion for the assignment, private study and the submission of a case-based assignment. Resources, including guidance and reading material will also be provided.
The module will provide:
• A critical understanding of the main dimensions and stages of child development including the developmental milestones which children and young people need to reach in order to achieve optimal development and mental health.
• A critical understanding of the constellation of factors which ensure safe and effective care for children in birth, foster and adoptive families, including attachment and the impact of a history of abuse and neglect, separation and loss on the development and mental health of children of different ages.
• Knowledge of the links between developmental psychology, psychopathology and the significant social and ecological factors in caregiving and wider environments that impact on child and adolescent development and mental health.
• An understanding of how to apply this knowledge in contributing to multi-professional assessments of children, care planning and direct work, including for children with disabilities, in relation to their current and future developmental and mental health needs.
The knowledge, understanding and skills involved in this module therefore link to both the PCF and the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Child and Family Practitioners. The teaching days will include the opportunity to discuss the application of theory and research to different areas of practice. There are 2 taught days plus a workshop.