Perspectives on Practice;Working with Children, Young People and Families

Module code: X3227
Level 5
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

In this module, you gain the professional skills to work with children and young people. 

You learn the key skills for practice, including: 

  • communication, dialogue and listening
  • working with groups, and managing group dynamics
  • creative work with children, young people and families, including visual and digital arts, music and drama, and an introduction to Forest School theory and methods
  • observation in mainstream educational contexts
  • understanding assessment and feedback.

You also look at:

  • observation and assessment in children's social care
  • approaches to communication and practice in working with children with special educational needs
  • therapeutic approaches to work with children and young people, including counselling and play therapy.

This module includes preparation for your observational placement in education, early years, youth work, or the play service.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate, through accurate description, knowledge and understanding of professional skills relevant to work across a variety of mainstream and targeted services for children, young people and families, and of the principles that underpin effective practice.
  • Critically appraise theoretical and practice perspectives and appropriate sources of research evidence in order to reflect on and show understanding of key issues in practice with children, young people and families.
  • Show a developing confidence and sensitivity in working collaboratively with others,(children and adults) including the ability to listen and reflect on other perspectives.
  • 4. Reflect on links between experience in an observational placement and the theoretical content of the course, to demonstrate a developing personal position on policy, practice and values affecting work with children, young people and families.
  • Demonstrate an ability in clear and coherent written communication to evaluate and communicating ideas and research findings.