SW0508 - Intervention with Individuals in context

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This module will build on learning from SW0402 Intervention skills, and will support students to intervene to effect change with a range of service users and practice situations.
The 35 placement days attached to this module will offer students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills as developing social work practitioners with service users, carers and other professionals in practice settings. Application of assessment and intervention models and methods will enable students to acquire relevant underpinning theory and skills to promote positive change. The practice learning component of the module will offer students the opportunity to apply knowledge and demonstrate skills in assessment and intervention.
A key purpose of the module teaching and learning strategy is to enable students to have the opportunity to practice direct social work skills. The module will therefore incorporate 4 skills teaching days which will focus on managing self in formal situations (e.g. Court, tribunals and professional panels) and developing more advanced practice skills in working with people who present particular challenges. These skills based sessions will provide opportunities for formative feedback from peers, invited practitioners and seminar leaders.
The module will be summatively assessed by presentation after the completion of the assessed placement and will require students to demonstrate their knowledge about a practice situation they encountered during their practice learning opportunity.


Books and Reports
Aldgate, J., Jones, D., Rose, W., & Jeffrey, C. (2007) The developing world of the child. London: Jessica Kingsley.
Allen, G. Langford, D. (2008) Effective interviewing in social work and social care. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Department of Health (2008) Transforming adult social care. London: The Stationary Office.
Calder, M. and Hackett, S. (eds) (2002) Assessment in child care: Using and developing frameworks for practice. Lyme Regis: Russell House.
Corby, B. (2006) Child abuse; towards a knowledge base. 3rd edn. Basingstoke: Open University Press.
DFES (2010) Working together to safeguard children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. London: HMSO.
Department of Health (2010) Nothing ventured, nothing gained: risk guidance for dementia,
Dunhill, A., Elliott, B. & Shaw, A. (2009) Effective communication and engagement with children and young people, their families and carers. Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd.
Ferguson.H. (2011) Child protection practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Fook, J. (2012) Social work. A critical approach to practice. London: Sage.
Galvani, S. (2012) Supporting people with alcohol and drug problems. London: Policy Press.
Gardner, A. (2011) Personalisation in social work. Exeter: Learning Matters.
Golightley, M. (2008) Social work and mental health. 3rd edn. Exeter: Learning Matters.
Holland.S. (2011) Child & family assessment in social work practice 2nd Ed. London: Sage.
Koprowska, J. (2010) Communication and interpersonal skills in social work. Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd. (Also as an E book).
Lindsay, T. (2009) Social work intervention. Exeter: Learning Matters.
Lishman, J. (2009) Communication in social work. Basingstoke: Macmillan Press.
Mantell, A. (2009) Social work skills with adults. 2nd edition Exeter: Learning Matters.
Munro, E. (2011) The Munro review of child protection. Final report: A child centred system. DfE. London: HMSO
Oliver, M. and Sapey, B. (2012) Social work with disabled people. 4th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Parker, J. & Bradley, G. (2010) Social work practice: Assessment, planning, intervention & review. 3rd Edn. Exeter: Learning Matters.
Ray, M. & Phillips, J. (2012) Social work with older people. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
Scragg, T. & Mantell, A. (2011) Safeguarding adults in social work. Exeter: Learning Matters.
Taylor. B. (2010) Professional decision making in social work practice. Exeter: Learning Matters.
Taylor. B. (2011) Working with aggression and resistance in social work. Exeter: Learning Matters.
Tew, J. (2011) Social approaches to mental distress. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
Walker, S. (2012) Effective social work with children, young people and families. Putting systems theory into practice. London: Sage.
Williams, P. (2009) Social work with people with learning difficulties. 2nd Edn. Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd.
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Journal Articles
Alexander, C. & Charles, G. (2009) ‘Caring, mutuality and reciprocity in social work – client relationships: rethinking principles of practice’, Journal of social work, 9(1) pp.5-22.
Buckley, H., Carr, N. and Whelan, S. (2011) ‘Like walking on eggshells’: service user views and expectations of the child protection system’, Child and family social work 16, pp. 101–110.
Daniel B, (2011) ‘Re-thinking harm and abuse: insights from a lifespan perspective’, British journal of social work, 41, 5, pp. 820-836.
Chantler, K. (2012) ‘Gender, asylum seekers and mental distress: Challenges for mental health social work’, British journal of social work, 42, pp. 318 – 334.
Ferguson, H. (2009) ‘Performing child protection: home visiting, movement and the struggle to reach the abused child’, Child and family social work, Vol 14:pp. 471-480.
Galpin, D. & Hughes, D. (2011) ‘A joined up approach to safeguarding and personalisation: a framework for practice in multi agency decision- making’, Journal of adult protection, 13 (3) pp. 150 – 159.
Helm, D. (2011) ‘Judgements or assumptions? The role of analysis in assessing children and young people’s needs’, British journal of social work Vol. 5, 41, pp. 894–911.
Morrison, T. (2007) ‘Emotional intelligence, emotion and social work: context, characteristics, complications and contribution’, British journal of social work, 37, pp.245-263.
Tew, J., Ramon, S., Slade, M., Bird, V., Melton, J. & Le Boutillier (2012) ‘Social factors and recovery from mental health difficulties: A review of the evidence’, British journal of social work, 42, pp 443 – 460.
British Journal of Social Work
Child and Family Social Work
Journal of Adult Protection
Journal of Social Work
Social Policy and Society

Electronic Resources
Beresford, P. & Hasler, F. (2009) Transforming social care: Changing the future together. Shaping our Lives available at: http://www.shapingourlives.org.uk/documents/132459TransformingSocialCareFinal150dpi.pdf
Branfield, F. (2009) Relationship matters: Building our knowledge and networks Shaping our Lives available at: http://www.shapingourlives.org.uk/ourpubs.html
Galvani, S., Dance, C. and Hutchinson, A. (2011) From the front line: alcohol, drugs and social care practice. A national study. Available at: www.beds.ac.uk/goldbergcentre/research 2.


The syllabus will include:
- Methods of assessment and intervention.
- Enhanced communication skills and self awareness, in practice situations
- Management of self within the professional role
- Incorporating personal and professional boundaries into practice
- Applying and using specific frameworks for assessment and models for intervention.
- Working with difficult situations
- Presenting and managing self within situations where conflict is an issue.
- Child observation


This module is the one of two at level 5 in the thread which scaffolds learning in relation to intervention within the Professional Capabilities Framework. This module builds upon learning from SW0412 and SW0413 and aims to support learners to extend and develop further practice skills in preparation for their first assessed practice learning opportunity.
Engagement with frameworks and models for practice will be explored to enable participants to develop their ability to respond to practice situations. A focus on specific forms of intervention and techniques will enable depth of knowledge to be gained, and core skills to develop, that will be applied in practice learning.


On successful completion students should be able to:
1. Develop and demonstrate a planned and structured approach to building relationships with service users, that draws on relevant theoretical underpinnings
2. Appraise and employ a range of models and methods of assessment and intervention
3. Analyse and elect appropriate interventions to respond to need
4. Creatively use tools and techniques in order to assess and intervene
5. Use a range of methods to advise, advocate and influence practice, whilst promoting service user empowerment
6. Work within guidance set out by The College of Social Work to successfully meet in practice the Professional Capabilities for the end of the first placement


SW0411, SW0412, SW0413, SW0414, SW0415, SW0416


SW0507, SW0509, SW0510, SW0511, SW0512


Learning will be promoted by the use of lectures, seminars and directed learning. Small workshops will focus on skills development in relation to methods of intervention. Staff modelling and role play will be used to enhance the learning experience. Electronic materials will also be used.
Service user and practitioner involvement will reinforce the authenticity of the learning opportunity offered on the module.
The learning in practice will be supported and assessed by an appointed practice assessor in the workplace. Formative assessment will be provided within regular supervision sessions and via a mid placement review of progress.
Preparation for Practice Learning
Workshops and seminars will provide the opportunity for learners to explore intervention skills prior to the practice learning opportunity.
Teaching and Learning during the Practice Experience
Students will have regular supervision with a practice educator in relation to the development of practice competence to meet the PCF. Teaching and learning strategies provided by the practice assessor will include direct observation, practical experience, individual supervision, discussion, written work, reading, reflection and directed learning.
Students will have a guidance tutor to monitor professional development and provide systematic academic support during placement.


A Summative assessment and rationale for tasks
i. Students will reflect on a practice based issue they have encountered on their practice learning opportunity and prepare a 10-15 minute presentation where they will explain their rationale for intervention and their choice of intervention.
This task should enable students to demonstrate their ability to integrate knowledge of methods into social work practice. 100%
iiPresentation of a complete and well presented practice learning portfolio
including a signed recommendation from the practice educator that the
student has met the full range of Professional Capabilities at a qualifying level. Pass/Fail
b. Additional formative assessment – detail of process and rationale
Skills practice sessions in workshops before placement. Written reflection on the peer / practitioner feedback from skills workshops
cIndication of how students will get feedback and how this will support their learning
Peer/ practitioner feedback to workshop sessions. Written feedback for reflections before placement starts. Ongoing feedback from practice educator in the supervisory context.
Part ii of the assessment will not be marked anonymously as this requires demonstration of practice capability.

Course info

UCAS Code L502

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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