module specification

SW6053 - Effective Social Work Practice with Children and Adults (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Effective Social Work Practice with Children and Adults
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 300
55 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
200 hours Guided independent study
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Seen Examination 100%   Seen Examination
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module aims to prepare students for effective social work practice through the following:
• Placing the child and vulnerable adult as central throughout the social work assessment, investigation, intervention and review processes
• Exploring the complexities of effective social work to protect children and vulnerable adults in the context of anti-oppressive practice
• Emphasising a human rights approach to the subject in relation to current legislation, policy and practice guidance
• Applying theory to the practice of proactive protection
• Examining the role of multi-agency working together and partnership working in protecting children and vulnerable adults
• Reflecting on the professional role with an emphasis on professional dangerousness


• Effective social work to protect children and adults in a context of human rights and social justice
• Involvement of children and vulnerable adults in social work processes
• Theory as applied to practice
• Working together- multi agency work
• Proactive protection in a context of legislation, policy and practice guidance
• Serious case reviews – Learning from Inquiries
• Working with non-abusive parents and carers
• Professional dangerousness
• Promoting prevention as well as protection strategies
• Understanding patterns of offending behaviour towards children and adults
• Professional standards- the duty to report concerns

Learning Outcomes 1 - 5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The strategy will comprise a mix of different activities including: 
• Lectures and small group learning
• Learning from case studies
• Personal reflection and reflective writing
• Weblearn and visual materials 
• Service user contributions

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Examine complex information and apply theoretical frameworks to the protection of children and adults in the context of legislation, policy , practice guidance and research evidence
2. Explain the statutory social work protocols required to protect children and adults, identify perpetrators and promote human rights and social justice
3. Explain the centrality of a human rights approach to protection within an anti-oppressive framework
4. Understand multi-agency working to protect children and adults
5. Reflect on social work values and professional ethics in relation to the protection of children and adults and apply knowledge of the professional standards and requirements

Assessment strategy

There is one 3 hour seen examination designed to assess all learning outcomes. It has 2 equally weighted components: a child component and an adult component. Both components must be passed. However, failure in the one component will not require the re-assessment of the other component of the exam, and the re-sit exam will be timed to the appropriate length for the section(s) to be completed.


Core Texts
Brotherton et al (2011) Working with Children, Young People and Families. London: Sage.

Ray,M, Bernard,M. and Phllips,J. (2013) Critical Issues in Social Work with Older People. Basingstoke.

Other Texts:
Brammer,A. (2014) Safeguarding Adults. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Farmer,E and Lutman, E. (ed) (2012) Effective Working with Neglected Children and their Families:Llinking Interventions to Long Term Outcomes. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Featherstone, B. White, S. and Morris, (eds) (2014) Re-imagining Child Protection: Towards Humane Social Work with Families. Bristol: Policy Press.

Mantell, A. and Scragg, T. (2011) Safeguarding Adults in Social Work.  Exeter: Learning matters.


British Journal of Social Work
British Medical Journal
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child and Family Social Work
Children and Society
Children and Youth Services Review
Critical Social Policy
Drugs and Alcohol Dependence
Issues in Social Work Education
Journal of Adult Protection
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse