School of Education and Social Work

Improving experiences and outcomes (897L5)

Improving the experiences and outcomes of children in care

Module 897L5

Module details for 2011/12.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 7 (Masters)

Module Outline

This 30 credit Masters-level module offers experienced professionals in Children's Services an opportunity to further develop their understanding of the experience of children in care and how best to engage and intervene with children, young people, families and carers at every stage of a child's journey through the care system.

Who this module is aimed at
This module is for experienced practitioners such as: those responsible for instituting care proceedings and placing children with foster carers or in residential care; those working in Looked-after Children's teams; those working primarily in assessment of and support with foster carers and adopters; children's guardians (CAFCASS); reviewing officers; those with a PEP lead; specialist personal advisers; CAMHS practitioners and therapists; and those working in leaving care teams. Participants will normally have an initial professional qualification, or honours degree, and have previously undertaken relevant Continuous Professional Development (e.g. social workers will have previously undertaken the PQ Child Care award, Specialist Award or similar).


Students undertaking the module will be experienced practitioners in Children's Services and engaged in a professional role which enables them to apply concepts and approaches from the module. Candidates who are taking this module as part of a PQ Higher Specialist or Advanced Award must have a social work qualification and demonstrate an appropriate level of prior professional learning (such as a PQ Child Care Award, PQ Specialist Award, or substantial professional experience and relevant in-service training).

Learning Outcomes

The numbered references in brackets after each learning outcome are for the benefit of students who are taking this module towards a PQ Higher Specialist or Advanced Award. They signify which GSCC standards and requirements for a PQ award have been demonstrated through the learning outcomes.

By the end of the course, a successful student should be able to demonstrate:

1 A critical examination of current law, policy and practice debates about what counts as good outcomes for children and young people in care and how these might best be achieved and measured [D6, A3, B1-5, H5]
2 A critical analysis of the complexities of their professional role within the interprofessional practice context and appropriate and reflexive responses to these complexities to develop effective `teams around the child¿ [P6, A5]
3 A thorough knowledge of research findings on the impact on children and families of adverse experiences related to becoming or being looked-after and to use this knowledge to inform their practice to promote enhanced outcomes; [A2]
4 A capacity to identify strategies, capabilities and skills for engaging and intervening effectively and ethically with children and young people in care and/or their parents and/or carers, and to critically evaluate their professional use of these; [D7, A1, H3, KR2, E1
5 A commitment to, and capability in, eliciting the views of children, young people, and their families or carers at all stages of children¿s journey through care [D1, D8, E2, J3, P5]
6 The development of key skills, critical reflection, and critical appraisal consistent with post-graduate level study, and the integration of learning to ensure enhanced competence in professional practice [G6, P1, P2, P3, P4, KR6].

PortfolioSpring Term Week 4 Thu 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn TermLecture3 hours001101010100
Autumn TermSeminar2 hours001101010100
Summer VacationLecture3 hours100000000000
Summer VacationSeminar2 hours100000000000
Autumn TermLecture2 hours100000000000
Autumn TermWorkshop2 hours100000000000
Autumn TermSeminar2 hours100000000000
Autumn TermLecture3 hours100000000000
Autumn TermSeminar2 hours100000000000

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Michelle Lefevre


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