OverviewThis module provides an exploration of contemporary family life with a focus on diversity and emerging sociological trends in relation to family. The legal and policy framework of both adults and childrens services across the spectrum is examined. The key issue of multi and interagency working at both a policy and practice level is addressed. In particular, cross service divisions and tensions, particularly in the interface between adult and child services are explored in depth.
A core knowledge of some key issues and their effect on families namely: disability, mental health, caring, alcohol & substance misuse, illness, learning disability, loss are discussed. The issues in engaging with a variety of family members and partnership working in complex situations along with the multiple perspectives of service users are examined. Throughout the module, key messages from research around best practice in assessment and intervention will be utilised.
Method of assessment
Students will be assessed by coursework (100%) comprising two related assignments.
i) A comprehensive case scenario will be provided for students. This will encapsulate some of the key issues that can occur in family settings. The students will be required to produce a hypothesis of their social work assessment and suggested intervention of the family scenario (of 2000 words). This will require students to process information in line with current social work practice models and guidance. Students will be expected to draw on relevant areas of social work assessment and to include issues in relation to risk or potential risk. This part of the module assessment will test the analysing and synthesising of information (provided in the case scenario). The mark for this assignment will contribute 50% towards the overall mark for the module.
ii) A 2,500-word reflective analysis of the case scenario task, demonstrating an understanding of the social work role in complex family situations. Referring to their hypotheses, students will be required to make links with key practice issues and with the policy and legal context. Students will be expected to refer to core theoretical frameworks, professional values and research and best practice issues linked to outcomes for families will be explored. The mark for this assignment will contribute 50% towards the overall mark for the module.
Barlow, J, (2010). (Ed) Substance misuse: The implications of Research, Policy and Practice, London: Jessica Kingsley
Chambers, D (2012). A Sociology of Family Life: Change and diversity in Intimate Relations, Bristol: Polity Press
Featherstone, B, (2004). Family Life and Family Support: A feminist analysis, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan
Reder, P, Mc Clure, M & Jolly, (2005). Family Matters: Interfaces between Child and Adult Mental Health, London: Routledge
Social Care Institute for Excellence, (2009). Think child, think parent, think family: A guide to parental mental health and child welfare, London: SCIE.
In relation to overall programme learning outcomes, the aim of this module is to prepare students to work professionally with families in a range of settings.
The learning outcomes reflect the domains of the Professional Capabilities Framework and the Curriculum guides issued by The College of Social Work (2012).
On successful completion of this module, students will:
11.1 Understand the diverse, complex, and changing nature of family along with the impact of injustice, social inequalities and oppressive social relations on the lives of individuals
11.2 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the main legal and professional responsibilities of a social worker in different settings with families and a clear awareness of safeguarding issues across the spectrum
11.3 Understand and evaluate the impact of services on the lives of families and the importance of effective communication and partnership working to promote engagement, early intervention and maximise outcomes, drawing on a range of research and best practice
11.4 Be able to apply ethical concepts of rights, responsibility, freedom, authority and power inherent in the practice of social workers as moral and statutory agents. This includes balancing the conflicting rights of members within families
11.5 Develop relevant expertise and theoretical knowledge in a number of key areas, such as the impact of substance misuse, domestic violence and disability on families
11.6 Be able to recognise the importance of conceptualising family issues as cutting across both service and professional boundaries. To understand the factors and processes that facilitate effective inter disciplinary collaboration and partnership