SW0616 - Rights Based Social Work Practice

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This module provides students with the opportunity to consolidate and extend learning gained at level 4 and 5 on rights and values and diversity and further prepare students for their final practice placement that will commence following completion of teaching on this module. In the context of a changing social and policy context and with reference to the service user perspective the application of rights values and diversity will be considered in relation to decision making and practice in complex situations.
The module will develop student understanding of the challenges to providing good quality service delivery and professional practice focussing on organisational, policy and service user issues.
The 30 placement days attached to this module will offer students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills as qualifying social work practitioners with service users, carers and other professionals in practice settings.

Formative assessment will be through a group presentation with immediate feedback from tutor and peers in a discussion forum.
Summative assessment is via an assignment with written feedback being provided by tutors. The module runs prior commencement of the final level 6 placement and is designed to prepare students for the enhanced level of practice required in year 3 placement. Learning will be facilitated by additional practice learning elements that will focus upon community engagement and a focus on service users and carers. This work will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.
The module will be summative assessed by an assignment which will focus on professional judgment and decision making in the context of values, rights, and social justice and a Pass/Fail assessment of the student’s ability to work to the Professional Capability Framework at a qualifying level.


Books and Reports
Brown, R. (2006) Vulnerable adults and community care. Exeter: Learning Matters.
Brown, R. & Barber, P. (2008) The social worker’s guide to the mental capacity Act (2005). 2nd Edn. Learning Matters: Exeter.
Dalrymple,J. and Burke,B. (2006) Anti –oppressive practice: social care and the law. 2nd Edn. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Davies, M. (2012) (ed.) Social work with adults. Basingstoke: Palgrave: Macmillan.
Dickens, J. (2009) Social work and social policy: an introduction. London: Routledge.
Doel, M. & Best, L. (2008) Experiencing social work: learning from service users. London: Sage.
Kelly, E. and Bokhari, F. (2011) Safeguarding children from abroad: refugee, asylum seeking and trafficked children in the UK. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Mantell, A and Scragg, T. (2008) Safeguarding adults in social work. Exeter: Learning Matters.
Newman, J. & Clarke, J. (2009) Publics, politics & power. London: Sage.
Sewell, H. (2009) Working with ethnicity, race and culture in mental health. A handbook for practitioners. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Simpson, G. & Connor, S. (2011) Social policy for social welfare professionals. Bristol: Policy Press.
Thompson, N. (2011) Promoting equality: Working with diversity and difference. 3rd Edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Journal Articles
Chantler, K. (2012) ‘Gender, asylum seekers and mental distress: Challenges for mental health social work,’ British journal of social work, 42, pp. 318 – 334.
Grady, M. & Strom-Gottfried, K. (2011) No easy answers: Ethical challenges working with sex offenders. Clinical social work journal, 39 pp. 18 – 27.
Healy, L. M. (2007) ‘Universalism and cultural relativism in social work ethics’,
International social work, 50(1), pp.11-26.
Manthorpe, J. Rapaport, J. and Stanley, N. ( 2008) ‘Expertise and experience: People with experience of using services and carers views of the Mental Capacity Act (2005),’ British journal of social work, 39.pp.884 -900.
Van Ewijk, H. (2009) ‘Citizenship-based social work’. International social work, 52(2), pp.167-179.
Legal Action
Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
Child and Family Social Work
Journal of Adult Protection.


This module will facilitate preparation for level 6 placement practice by
- Developing the application of values and enhance understanding of diversity and social justice.
- Exploring a range of complex issues across different service user groups, for example safeguarding, asylum seekers, advocacy, the rights of adults and children
- Develop student ability to address ethical dilemmas in complex practice situations
- Consider the service user voice and the modernisation agenda in social care and social work including, managerialism and the impact of privatisation of social care services

The practice curriculum will address the full range of capabilities


This module builds upon learning in SW0414 and SW0510 and aims to support learners to move from an understanding of rights, diversity and the law to professional capability in relation to working with more complex issues and conflicting values at a level at which they may register with the HCPC as a qualified social worker. The aim of the module is to enable the student to apply and analyse appropriate rights, values and social justice to contemporary social work practice. This will be achieved by developing the student’s ability to recognise and promote individual’s right to self-determination and identify and manage the impact on people of the power of their role. Teaching will help students apply ethical principles and legislation in decision making and recognise personal and organisational discrimination. Students will further develop the ability to recognise and manage impact of their own values on practice, and develop a deeper understanding of the construction of individual identity by culture ,economic factors, life experiences and characteristics. This module is the final part of the thread which scaffolds learning in relation to values diversity and social justice within the Professional Capabilities framework.


On successful completion the student should be able to:
1. Practice at a level that successfully meets the guidance and standards set out in the Professional Capabilities Framework and the TCSW Standards of Proficiency such that they may make an application to register with the HCPC
2. To critically appraise contemporary social work practice in the context of changing policy and organisational structure
3. To analyse the effectiveness of strategies used to engage and involve service users and carers in planning their own care and being involved in wider service planning and policy development
4. To analyse the relevance and appropriateness of policy and service delivery designed to support diversity, social justice and the professional value base
5. Recognise potentially conflicting values and be able to reflect upon ethical dilemmas
6. Recognise the impact of poverty and social exclusion and the importance of promoting enhanced economic status through access to education, work, housing, health and welfare benefits


SW0507, SW0508, SW0509, SW0510, SW0511, SW0512


Learning and teaching methods will include lectures and seminars.
Teaching will be informed by a rights based approach. Students will be expected to draw upon their placement and other work experience to enhance their learning
Lead lectures and interactive e-learning resources will provide the knowledge base and will be linked to seminars which will focus on identified themes. Seminar discussions will be facilitated by the use of case studies which require reflection and analysis of professional values social justice, rights and diversity to social work practice with people who use services and their carers
The learning in practice will be supported and assessed by an appointed practice educator in the workplace. Formative assessment will be provided within regular supervision sessions and via a mid placement review of progress.
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. The assignment submitted provides a rigorous assessment of student’s ability to apply ethics and values in a range of contexts. The summative assessment will require students to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge across all service user groups and the relevant application of values, rights and justice in diverse situations. Written tutor feedback will be provided. 1,500 words. 100%
The assessment strategy is designed to develop student’s ability to analyse complex issues and understand how ethics and values provide a context for the interface of social work practice with social, political and organisational factors.
ii. Presentation 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
Students will complete and present work around case studies in seminars for ongoing feedback from staff and peers. .
c. Indication of how students will get feedback and how this will support their learning.
Direct verbal feedback from tutor and

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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