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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC3954 Leadership and Management in Work With Children and Families

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Nathan Loynes

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Meeting the needs of children and communities is challenging business. It becomes more challenging as resources are cut in terms of funding and staffing and modern living creates the possibility of more complex and more prevalent problems for families needing our help. In these challenging contexts, this module recognises that leading and managing teams; making resources stretch further, to address complex problems, while valuing and motivating your team takes considerable skill! This module is designed for those already managing teams, or might be on a path to a management role through either choice or necessity. In doing so, the module will introduce students to key leadership and management theory, and also it’s particular application in child and family services.


This module will introduce students to theoretical approaches to leadership and management and will apply this knowledge to work in the children, young people and families' workforce.

Learning outcomes
1. Apply key elements of leadership and management theory.
2. Interpret professional case-studies and policy using leadership and management theory.
3. Analyse decision making with reference to leadership and management theory.
4. Evaluate the role of distributed leadership in multi-agency and complex needs planning contexts.
5. Evaluate the role of ethics in shaping decision making in children and family professional contexts.

Skills outcomes
- Making links between theory and practice
- Ability to analyse critically a range of theories.


This module explores the challenges of leadership in children's settings.
The content will cover such areas as:
Key managerial theories of the 20th and 21st century
Leadership and motivation
Trait based theories of leadership
Situational theories of leadership
Strategic management: Planning and resources.
Transformational and transactional leadership
Distributed leadership
Balancing and prioritising needs in management contexts
Ethical dilemmas surrounding planning and decision making in child and family contexts
Authentic leadership
The management of change

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours83.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Through submission of learning log
- Through student participation in classes
- Through tutorial session.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 words40.00
Written Work3,000 word inspection report and key recommendations based upon a case study60.00
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: 29/04/2024 16:16:10


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