Module leaders: Richard Brook and Penny Black.

Module teachers: Richard Brook, Penny Black and Andrew Sach

Credit value: 20 Level 7 (M) credits,

Spring Semester Module fee: £495

Submission of summative assessed work:  3pm, 8th October 2020 (South) 
Credits from this 20-credit module can be put towards a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma the MA in Advanced Social Work or MA Mental Health. 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 experienced practitioners working with adolescents in any social work setting (for example Looked After Children, Child in Need and Edge of Care teams, Youth Offending teams, CAMHS, drug and alcohol services, residential and foster care, Children with Disabilities teams etc.) 
The module will be guided by relationship and strengths-based approaches.  
The knowledge base will include: 

  • The foundation of generic adolescent development theory, including current debates on brain development.
  • The experience of being an adolescent in current society including issues raised by the use of social media and transitions in adolescence.
  • Specific factors relating to risk, resilience, trauma and neglect in those considered most vulnerable 

National and international research will be considered including recent research from UEA about vulnerable adolescents, for example learning from serious case reviews (Prof Marian Brandon); the limits and possibilities of peer support (Dr Jeanette Cossar) and adolescents and social media (Andrew Sach).  We will also consider the emotional impact of working with adolescents. 
This module will address requirements for the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and the Knowledge and Skills Statements - specifically 1) Relationships and Effective Direct 

Work, 2) Communication and 3) Child Development and 5) Analysis, Decision Making and Review. 

This module will have 2 days of teaching followed by 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 issues relating to adolescents
  • Understand the specific developmental needs of vulnerable young people  

The workshop will be a forum for students to present a formative assignment, namely their plan for piece of direct work with a vulnerable adolescent with an explanation about how the plan is informed by relevant theory and research. 
For the summative assessment the candidate will submit a 4,000 word assignment: 
“What does it mean to be a ‘vulnerable adolescent and how can vulnerability be reduced through your direct work with a young person? Illustrate your answer with reference to a planned piece of direct work with a specific service user.” 
Submission dates for assignment: 3 pm on 8th October 2020 
South (Essex candidates)

  • 28th April 2020 
  • 20th May 2020
  • 8th July 2020   


Essex – venue to be confirmed 

Please contact your agency Workforce development department about the application process.  If this is your first CPD module at UEA you will need to register with UEA Admissions .  If this is a second or further CPD module you will need to enrol through the Postgraduate Learning and Teaching Hub (ZICER Building): 01603 592071,    
Please wait until you have approval from your agency before you enrol. Once you are enrolled, please check you have access to Blackboard before the first teaching date. 

Applications for 2019-20 should be submitted to UEA by 26th March 2020. 
Please be aware that teaching, assessment dates and venues, are subject to change.  All up to date information will be available via your UEA Evision account once you are enrolled onto the module.