module specification

SW7061 - Effective Social Work Practice with Children and Adults (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Effective Social Work Practice with Children and Adults
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 10
School School of Social 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%   3- hour seen Examination
Running in 2021/22

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

This module provides opportunities for students to prepare for effective social work practice through the following:
• Placing the child or adult as central throughout the social work assessment, investigation, intervention and review processes.
• Exploring the complexities of effective social work to protect children and adults in the context of anti-oppressive practice.
• Emphasising social justice and a human rights approach to the subject in relation to current legislation, policy and practice guidance
• Critically analysing theory and research as applied to the practice of proactive protection.
• Critically analysing the role of multi-agency working together in protecting children and vulnerable adults
• Critically reflecting on the professional role with an emphasis on professional dangerousness
• Ensuring an understanding of the importance of professional accountability and whistleblowing

Prior learning requirements

SW7054 Safeguarding Children and Adults


• Effective social work to protect children and adults in a context of human rights and social justice  L.O 1,2,3,4,5
• Involving children and adults in social work  processes  L.O 1,3, 4
• Protecting children and adults within a framework of anti-oppressive practice  L.O 1,2,3,4
• Working together – multi-agency work to protect children and adults  L.O 1,4,5
• Proactive protection in a context of legislation, policy and practice guidance  L.O 1,2,3,4
• Serious case reviews – learning from inquiries  L.O 1,4,5
• Working with non-abusive parents and carers  L.O 1,2,3,4,5
• Professional dangerousness  L.O 1,2,3,4
• Prevention and protection – both essential to effective practice  L.O 1,2,3,4,5
• Understanding patterns of offending behaviour towards children and adults  L.O 1,4
• Professional accountability and whistleblowing  L.O 1,4,5



Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Taught sessions will include lectures and seminars as well as online activities The seminars will include participatory activities and service users will contribute to this module. There is additionally independent study.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will:

1 Apply critically theoretical frameworks relating to the protection of children and adults in the context of current legislation, policy  and practice guidance, research and the findings of inquiries and  serious case reviews

2 Explain the centrality of a social justice and human rights approach to the protection of children and adults within an anti-oppressive framework.

3 Evaluate critically the central importance of listening to adults and children and involving them in multi-agency child protection and planning processes.

LO 4 Reflect critically on professional accountability and compliance with professional standards and ethics in relation to protecting children and adults.

LO 5 Demonstrate ability to recognise and evaluate concepts of risk and harm as well as appropriate responses to protect vulnerable people.

Assessment strategy

In order to test students’ knowledge of processes and procedures as well as professional responsibility and judgement as applied to the experience of children and adults in need of protection, a 3-hour seen exam is the summative assessment


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