Each of the six lessons is in two main parts. The first part (Practice Focus) deals with one of the six clusters of occupational standards. The numbering of the six lessons corresponds with the six clusters of occupational standards. The statements from the occupational standards are reframed so that the students can focus on enhancing their knowledge and understanding. The second part (Knowledge Focus) deals with a related aspect of knowledge and understanding. The practice focus concentrates more upon directly enhancing knowledge and understanding related to the specific key roles in each lesson, while the knowledge focus concentrates more upon developing broader aspects of knowledge and understanding.
This course aims to enhance students’ understanding of the key skills comprising the occupational standards.
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Lesson 1: Assessing Needs and Circumstances
This first lesson deals with the ways in which the practitioner prepares for, and works with individuals, families, carers, groups and communities to assess their needs and circumstances.
- Prepare for social work contact and involvement (NOS 1.1)
- Work with individuals, families, carers, groups and communities so they can make informed decisions (NOS 1.2)
- Assess needs and options in order to recommend a course of action (NOS 1.3)
- Critically Reflective Practice
Lesson 2: Carrying Out, Reviewing and Evaluating Practice
This second Lesson provides material which supports students as they plan, carry out, review and evaluate social work practice with individuals, families, carers, groups, communities and other professionals.
- Identify and respond to crisis situations (NOS 2.1)
- Work with individuals, families, carers, groups and communities to achieve change, promote dignity, realise, potential and improve life opportunities (NOS 2.2)
- How to produce, implement and evaluate plans with individuals, families, carers, groups, communities and colleagues (NOS 2.3)
- Develop networks to meet assessed needs and planned outcomes (NOS 2.4)
- Work with groups to promote choice and independent living (NOS 2.5)
- Tackle behaviour which presents a risk to individuals, families, carers, groups, communities and the wider public (NOS 2.6)
- Nature of values and principles embedded in practice.
Lesson 3: Tackling Risk
This third Lesson deals with assessing and managing risk to individuals, families, carers, groups, communities, self and colleagues.
- Assess and manage risk to individuals, families, carers, groups, communities (NOS 3.1)
- Assess and manage risk to self and colleagues (NOS 3.2)
- How risk is encountered in practice.
Lesson 4: Demonstrating Competence
This fourth section deals with the ways in which the practitioner develops an evidence-based approach.
- How to evaluate and use up-to-date knowledge of, and research into, social work practice (NOS 4.1)
- To work within agreed standards of social work practice (NOS 4.2)
- Understand and manage complex issues, dilemmas and conflicts (NOS 4.3)
- Promote best social work practice, adapting positively to change (NOS 4.4)
- How complexity and uncertainty are embodied in integrative practice.
Lesson 5: Managing Accountable Practice
This fifth section deals with the ways in which the practitioner develops an accountable, managed practice
- How to manage my own work in an accountable way (NOS 5.1)
- How to take responsibility for my own continuing professional development (NOS 5.2)
- How to contribute to the management of resources and services (5.3)
- How to manage, present and share records and reports (5.4)
- How to prepare for, and take part in, decision-making forums (5.5)
- How to work effectively with professionals within integrated, multi-disciplinary and other service settings (5.6)
- Understand transformative practice
Lesson 6: Empowering Practice
This sixth section deals with the ways in which the practitioner supports individuals to represent and manage their needs, views and circumstances. In other words, the practitioner works with people, so as to empower them to develop personalised services to meet their needs.
- Understand how to represent in partnership with, and on behalf of, individuals, families, carers, groups and communities to help them achieve and maintain greater independence (NOS 6.1)
- Understand personalised services
- Understand working in partnership with people.
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