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HECS5296M Social Work Law 2

15 creditsClass Size: 25

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Iain Moody

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Meet the entry criteria for the MA Social Work programme

Module replaces

HECS5166M Social Work Law 2

This module is not approved as an Elective


- To recognise and manage the impact of people of the power invested in the social work role
- To critically assess how to work within the principles of human and civil rights and equalities legislation, differentiating and beginning to work with absolute, qualified and competing rights and different needs and perspectives.
- To develop an analytic and critically reflective knowledge to apply the range of orders available to the courts when making decisions in relation to specific areas of law relating to individual adult and child service users.
- To demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding in presenting assessments based on legal knowledge to formal meetings including application of orders to court.
- To achieve a critically evaluative understanding of the operation of law in social work taking into account up to date research, international perspectives, anti-oppressive practice and service user and carer perspectives.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will;
1. Critically appraise the roles and responsibilities of social workers in a range of organisations, lines of accountability and the boundaries of professional autonomy and discretion
2. Have a critically analytic approach to the application of law in relation to children and families for example including child protection, fostering, adoption and leaving care legislation
3. Critically evaluate the law in relation to the victims of domestic violence and its impact upon social work intervention.
4. Have an analytic and reflective approach to specific legislation in relation to adults for example mental capacity, direct payments, homelessness.
5. Demonstrate critically reflective skills in assessment, intervention and decision making in relation to the application of legal processes including the perspectives of service users and carers.
6. Critically reflect on the application of law in social work within the context of social work values, anti-oppressive practice, service user and carer perspectives and international perspectives.

Skills outcomes
2.2, 2.3, 2.7 3.1,3.3 4.4 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 6.1, 6.2 8.4, 8.8 9.1, 9.3 13.1, 13.2, 13, 13.4 14.5, 14.6, 14.7

Professionalism 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.7
Values & ethics 2.1, 2.2
Diversity 3.1, 3.2
Rights etc 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4
Knowledge 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5
Reflection & analysis 6.2, 6.4, 6.5
Intervention & skills 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.10, 7.12, 7.13
Context/Organisation 8.1, 8.2, 8.4, 8.6


- Children Act 1989, 2004.
- Adoption and fostering legislation and guidance; Adoption and Children Act 2002, Children and Adoption Act 2006. Looked After Children. Leaving Care.
- Domestic violence
- Homelessness, Asylum and Immigration legislation, adult and child trafficking. Forced marriages
- The impact of Human Rights judgements on social work practice.
- Youth Justice legislation – sentencing and disposal
- Mental Health Act 1983, 2004 Mental Capacity Act 2005.
- Making judgements and decisions for instructions to court. Preparation and presentation of court reports. .
- Case studies; including ethical and professional dilemmas.
- New legislation - updates
- Service user and carer participation in legal decision making Research on the impact of social work legislation in England and Wales and international perspectives.

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
Class tests, exams and assessment10.255.00
Group learning52.0010.00
Independent online learning hours15.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours35.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

On line exercises to reinforce classroom learning
On line discussion and sharing of research for case studies
Reading to complete group task and essay

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Seminars around cases studies will provide formative evidence of student progress
On line exercises will provide self-assessment and outline gaps in student knowledge
The presentation role play will provide further evidence of progress and may show gaps in knowledge to be addressed
A summative essay at the end of the module will provide evidence of competence in relation to module outcomes.

Methods of assessment

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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2000 words75.00
Role-playCourt skills role play25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:37:18


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