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Post Qualifying Framework for Social Work Education and

Specialist Award Children and Young People, their Families and Carers
leading to:

       Graduate Diploma Specialist Social Work Practice with Children and
       Young People, their Families and Carers

       BA (hons) Specialist Social Work Practice with Children and Young
       People, their Families and Carers

Duration:      2-3 years part time, one day per week.


The Specialist Award Children and Young People, their Families and Carers,
is accredited by the General Social Care Council within the Post Qualifying
Framework for Social Work Education and Training and is offered to all
qualified social workers who are working in this area.

The course offers students the opportunity to consolidate the knowledge and
skills gained in their initial professional training and to develop specialist areas
of their practice to enhance the quality of services provided to children, young
people, their families and carers, by exploring some key areas of current

The programme consists of a number of core (mandatory) and optional
modules which can be combined to enable each student to construct a
pathway that reflects their own requirements for continuing professional
development, whilst enabling them to meet the requirements of the GSCC for
a Specialist Award.

The programme will be delivered on a part time basis, one day per week and
it is envisaged that students will take 2 years to complete the programme.

The programme is taught at Level 3 to all students regardless of the level of
their social work qualification. Students holding a DipSW or equivalent
diploma qualification who undertake the programme will be entitled to a
Degree Award.

Aims of the Course

This programme aims to enable qualified social workers to enhance their
practice with Children and Young People, their Families and Carers, by
developing their knowledge and skills in relation to their practice. By choosing
modules which are relevant to their current employment students will be
encouraged to reflect on their own practice and to develop their ability to provide
high standards of services within their own agencies.


The course consists of a number of core (mandatory) and optional modules. All
students will be required to undertake the following modules at the start of the

      Consolidation of Specialist Practice
      Planning for Work Based Learning and Assessment
      Critical Approaches to Assessment in Specialist Practice

The following module must be taken at the end of the programme:

      Enabling and Managing Work Based Learning and Assessment

Students undertaking the Honours Degree Programme are also encouraged
to take the following module:

      Research Evaluation for Specialist Practice

Options will be made available to students through the programme, each option
needs a minimum number of students registered for it before it can run, and so
the number that are available at any one time will depend upon demand. It is
envisaged that all options will run at least once for each cohort of students,
subject to demand.

NB due to the APL arrangements described below there may be a delay between
the start of the programme and delivery of some of the above modules to enable
candidates to undertake Consolidation and Work Based learning modules,
however candidates will be advised of this at the time of enrolment.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants wishing to undertake this programme are required to hold a relevant
social work qualification and to be working with Children and Young People, their
Families or Carers. Those who hold a diploma level qualification e.g. DipSW will
be able to receive an Honours Degree for their final award. Those possessing a
Degree or Masters level social work qualification will be eligible for the Graduate

Candidates will generally require the support of their employer to enrol upon the
programme and application forms will therefore require the endorsement of an
employing agency. We expect employing agency to commit to support students
and to ensure that they are available to undertake the programme for one day per
week whilst they are enrolled.
APEL Arrangements

In line with the GSCC statement in relation to changes in post qualifying
education students are able to gain credit for PQ training already undertaken.
Holders of PQ1 and/or the Practice Teachers Award are able to gain credit for
these within the Specialist Award, against identified modules.

Students who hold a DipSW or similar diploma level qualification will also be able
to gain credit for years 1 and 2 of their degree award.

Liverpool John Moores University is also working collaboratively with Liverpool
Community College to provide wider access to PQ education and training. LCC
have been validated to provide a Social Work Consolidation Module, which is also
a core requirement of the Specialist Award. Students are advised to undertake
this module first if they wish to enrol on the Specialist Award, again they will be
given full credit for it within the award programme.

Learning and Teaching

The learning and teaching strategies that are used within this programme
reflect the need to encourage adult learners to develop independent
strategies to manage their own learning in the work place. Modules utilise
seminar and small group models alongside presentation, role-play and e-
learning to encourage learners to view learning as a broad and diverse
experience. The strategies developed are embedded within the School and
Faculty teaching and learning strategies that are available from the Faculty

Each module utilises a strategy that is relevant to its own aims and outcomes,
as each module is commissioned specifically for a specialist area of practice
or staff group. The programme leader and delivery team maintains the
programme coherence and an overview of the assessment of all modules and
who ensure equity, consistency and fairness within the process. Modules will
seek to blend teaching and learning approaches were possible so that they
are relevant to learners from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.


Each module is assessed individually to enable students to demonstrate the links
that exist between theory and knowledge and practice. For each module students
will be provided with guidance on completing assessments and the expectations
for assessments at level 3.

Students are required to achieve a pass in each module in order to achieve the
overall award. For those students undertaking the honours degree route their final
classification will be determined by their aggregate marks over the programme.


For further details and application forms please contact:
Post Qualification Admissions Team

School of Nursing and Primary Care Practice

Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences

Liverpool John Moores University

79 Tithebarn Street


L2 2ER

Tel: 0151 231 5828    Fax: 0151 258 1593 Email: Health@ljmu.ac.uk

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