Inter-professional Practice

Module code: X3234
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

The module aims to develop knowledge of partnership and inter-professional working, and to sensitise you to the opportunites and challenges offered by collaborative working. Drawing on theory, research and practice in national (UK) and international contexts, the module aims to develop your conceptual thinking on the topics of interdisciplinary working with children and young people, at the same time as developing their practical skills in collaborative group work.

The module is underpinned by the idea that the 'messy interconnectedness' of welfare matters calls for multi-professional and multi-agency working. The rights framework provided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child will be used to frame the approach to the module content. Detailed reference will be made to cases of inter-professional working in the UK and internationally, and the contexts that enable and constrain succesful partnership working will be considered.

This module builds upon the foundations of the first-year course Rights and Legal Frameworks, through greater emphasis on practice and implementation of child- and youth-focused services. It locates partnership and inter-professional working in an institutional landscape that requires the balancing of rights, risks, and resilience in the practice of promoting children and young people's wellbeing.

Examples of areas in which partnership and inter-professional working will be explored include:

  • introduction to roles and group/team dynamics in interdisciplinary contexts
  • legal and policy frameworks for interagency working (eg introduction of the Common Assessment Framework in the UK)
  • collaborative working in complex support systems (eg Looked After Children, children in residential care, pupils with Statements of Special Educational Needs, Pupil Referral Units)
  • collaborative working in mixed ecologies of care (eg statutory services, charity and voluntary sector support for 'vulnerable' children and young people)
  • child protection, with examples from the UK, Europe and from the field of international development
  • the role of language in inter-professional contexts (eg across health, education, and social work)
  • inter-professional working with disabled children and with children in the youth justice system. 

The assessment will mirror the dual emphasis of the module in developing your understanding of collaborative working alongside your collaboration skills. As such, the assessment will consist of a group presentation (35% weighting) and 2,000-word report on collaborative working (65% weighting). You will be asked to choose a collaborative working context on which to present, and your short report will reflect on your collaborative practice, using literature where relevant to support your arguments.

Teaching and learning will be delivered through a combination of weekly lectures and seminars and a tutorial incorporating facilitated group work.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of inter-professional working contexts, in particular the conditions that contribute to succesful inter-professional working.
  • Demonstrate the development of an informed personal position on policy, practice and values affecting work with children, young people and families in a variety of contexts.
  • Critically reflect on the importance of inter-professional working and identify specific challenges for those working with children, young people and families.
  • Demonstrate skills in collaboration and the ability to reflect on collaborative experiences.