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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC3550 Child Welfare and Young Children

20 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Dr Katie Gathercole
Email: K.A.Gathercole@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module explores contemporary issues in relation to child welfare. The module will be relevant to all those thinking of careers working with children - including teaching, social work and the therapeutic professions. The theory, practice and policy of issues such as multiagency working, safeguarding, children in care, adoption and fostering, family support, and the role of the voluntary sector and government initiatives, will be critically examined. The central focus of the course will be the Children Act (1989), the Children and Families Act (2014), and 'Every Child Matters' (2003) the statutory guidance that informs the way that children are being worked with across the United Kingdom. The module is taught using lectures, videos and problem solving exercises and is assessed through a 4,000 word essay (or equivalent).

Objectives

This module is designed to explore some of the critical debates relevant to the welfare of children and young people. The focus of the module is upon the theoretical, practical and research implications of these debates. There is some flexibility within the module to the changing nature of the state and the political ideologies that influence the development of child welfare policy and practice. The module aims to enable students to:

- Critically evaluate the role of the state in relation to child welfare;
- Understand various influences upon the development of child welfare policy and practice;
Explore debates within research, theory and practice in relation to child welfare;
Critically evaluate the research practical implications of child welfare policy.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of child welfare policy and practice with younger children;
2. Critically assess the system for providing care for separated children;
3. Critically analyse current issues and debates in relation to child abuse, family support and prevention.


Syllabus

This module will examine child welfare policy and practice in relation to children and young people. The legal context provided by the Children Act (1989) and the Children and Families Act (2014), will be examined. The module will explore Integrated Children's Services plans for children and you people's provision. Policy and practice in relation to family support, safeguarding and child protection will be critically explored. The care system for children separated from their parents will be outlined and analysed. We will explore critical debates in relation to the changing role of state and child welfare, looked after children, care leavers, and adoption, social and health inequalities, and youth justice.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture112.0022.00
Seminar51.005.00
Private study hours173.00
Total Contact hours27.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation and reading for lectures and seminars.
Preparation, reading, and writing up assignments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored through contributions to lectures/seminars, and assignments.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay4,000 words (or equivalent)100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/09/2021

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