module specification

SW5050 - Law for Social Work Practice (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module title Law for Social Work Practice
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
20 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
85 hours Guided independent study
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Open Book Examination 33% 40 Component 1 - Undertaken off campus, time limited to one week with a limited word count.
Open Book Examination 33% 40 Component 2 - Undertaken off campus, time limited to one week with a limited word count.
Open Book Examination 34% 40 Component 3 - Undertaken off campus, time limited to one week with a limited word count.
Running in 2021/22
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Monday Morning

Module summary

This module provides opportunities for students to:
• Identify and critically analyse the main statutes, regulations and guidance relevant to social work.
• Analyse case-law relevant to social work and critically evaluate the law as it applies to children and families and vulnerable adults.
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of the law within the context of anti-discriminatory practice


• Legal and policy frameworks LO1
• Applying legislation to practice LO2
• Reviewing case law LO3
• Tensions between guidance, policy and case-law in relation to interventions LO2

 Core areas to include:
 Children & Family law
 Care Act 2014
 Mental Health law
 Law relevant to domestic violence
 Equality & Human Rights
 Disability

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Weekly sessions will be interactive with a balance of direct input and student led seminars.
Students will be provided with questions related to aspects of the law and leading cases to be covered weekly. They will be directed to relevant reading in order to research answers to these questions, applying them to social work practice and values. Their guided independent study will provide time for reflective Learning and writing the PDP.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will:

1. Understand the legal frameworks within which social workers practise.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the legal rights of service users and how they might be upheld in practice.
3. Evaluate critically the relevant legislation and legal obligations available to social workers, and options for intervention on behalf of service users in a range of practice settings.

Assessment strategy

The assessment for the modules was originally a un-seen open book examination, consisting of three components, which was undertaken at the University, lasting for 3 hours and extra time was given to students with specific learning needs.

In order to pass the module, the students must pass all three components.

Due to Covid 19 the re-sit assessments (2020) for this module, although remained the same, the students however, undertook the assessment within their homes and were given one week to complete the assessment with a limited word count and could submit within that one-week period. For example, the Turnitin portal was open on the 20th July and closed on the 27th July 2020, in which case the assessment was timed and word limited.
Consequently, further lockdowns have resulted in the assessment for this module retaining the same model as above.
Given the uncertainty in relation to when the University will return to face-to-face teaching, (due of COVID-19), we are therefore proposing to continue with the current model above for 2021-22.


Brammer, A. (2015) Social Work Law (4th Edition) London, Longman Pearson
Carr, H. & Goosey, D  (2017) Law for Social Workers (14th edition) Oxford : Oxford University Press
Braye S, & Preston-Shoot (2016) Practising Social Work Law, Palgrave Macmillan
Brown, R. (2016) The approved mental health professional's guide to mental health law (4th ed.) Exeter: Learning Matters 
E- sources include legal databases (particularly Lexis)

Lexis Library:

SCIE (2009) E:Learning Law & Social Work