Core Module Information
Module title: Social Work and Assessment

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HSC11151
Module leader: Hadijah Mwenyango
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module will examine theoretical frameworks in relation to risk, risk assessment and risk management. The module will explore and consider ecological and solution-focused approaches to assessment. Ecological and environmental factors will be examined to underpin a holistic assessment process including, vulnerability, poverty, neglect and social exclusion across the lifespan. Protective factors and resilience will also be considered in the context of individual’s well-being, child protection and adult safeguarding concerns.

Consideration will also be given to inequalities in social care. The module will reflect upon the impact of issues that may affect parenting capacity, such as learning disability, mental health, domestic abuse and substance use.

The use and evaluation of current assessment tools will also be incorporated to support the assessment process for people receiving services to enable both, a solution-focused and person-centred assessment.

Legislation, policy, and codes of practice for social workers will be examined to demonstrate how they underpin social work assessment.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Analyse the impact of adversity upon development across the lifespan within the context of a an ecological understanding of the concepts of risk, resilience, vulnerability and protective factors
LO2: Explore the theoretical modules of risk, risk assessment and risk management in the context of child protection and adult safeguarding.
LO3: Explore the impact of environmental factors upon the well-being of children and adults
LO4: Evaluate the current assessment tools that underpin social work practice.
LO5: Critically reflect upon the lived experiences of people receiving services that inform solution-focussed assessment with children and adults where there is a perceived risk.
LO6: Critically reflect upon legislation, policy and the codes of practice for social service workers that inform solution-focussed assessment with children and adults.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 3, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Hadijah Mwenyango
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will draw on a wide range of learning and teaching methods to allow you to evidence the learning outcomes (LO:1-6). The module will be exploring the range of assessment within social work applied practice. Your learning will be focused on completion of a practice case study. The taught sessions will be interactive, based on pre-reading activities. Group discussion and debate will explore the underpinning of theoretical knowledge with regard to assessment.

By using ecological framework, the concepts of risk, resilience and vulnerability will be explored across the life span using case scenarios. You will explore theoretical modules, risk, risk assessment and risk management in the context of child protection and adult safeguarding, by the use of real-life case examples (LO 1 & 2). Environmental factors will be examined in the context of the well-being of children and adults, through case discussion in class (LO3). The lived experience of people in receipt of services will be presented by guest speakers, and how current assessment tools and the role of the social worker has impacted on their well-being (LO 4 & 5). Legislation, policy and codes of practice, will be examined to consider how these inform solution-focused assessment (LO6).

The formative assignment provides you an opportunity to ensure you are on track with your understanding and appreciation of the module. You will be required to write an assessment report relating to a person receiving services as a case study and submit to the module lead for written feedback. This will enable you to enhance your final assessment report for your summative assessment, where you will also be required to submit a critically reflective commentary.

Formative Assessment:
You will be asked to complete an outline of an assessment report relating to a person receiving services as a case study.

Summative Assessment:
You will be asked to complete an assessment report relating to a case study scenario with a critically reflective commentary.

*Students will only be able to submit the summative assessment only if they have attained a minimum of 80% attendance of the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 20
Online Guided independent study 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 7 , WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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