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- Course type Distance learning course
- Duration 200 Hours, Part-time
- Qualification Level 4 Award
- Awarded by NCFE
Exam is included.
Tutor is available to students.
A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a qualification in Social Care with Children & Families. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Social Care with Children & Families is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning Level 4 Social Care with Children & Families course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.
Working with children and families is a highly specialised and skilled area of social work. To be effective, social workers need to be flexible, knowledgeable and highly mindful of many aspects of the family and the obstacles to be encountered working with them.
This course will aim to introduce you to the structure of the family, and teach you to take the necessary factors into consideration, as well as the procedures involved and the proper course of action when working with children and families in a social work context.
Home Study Tutor Support
You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your Social Care with Children & Families course. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact our Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.
What's more, you'll have access to the online student portal, where you can interact with other students, browse our resource library and manage your account.
The Social Care with Children & Families course is marked through a process of continuous assessment guided by your tutor following NCFE guidelines. This means that your qualification will be awarded according to your performance on assessments rather than by taking an exam.
We send the full course out with the units listed above, you then read through the course in your own time and complete the assignments which you send to your tutor for marking. There is no word count for these assignments. However, one sentence answers will be rejected and you will have to re-submit it for marking.
Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, a certificate of achievement will be awarded by the national awarding organisation NCFE, as confirmation that your written work has met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the programme.
We recommend you spend approximately 200 hours of your time studying for the Social Care with Children & Families course. The pace of study is completely up to you. To give an example, if you dedicate 4 hours a week to the course it would take you a year to complete but if you could spare 8 hours a week you could complete it in six months.
Get started today, and you can earn your Level 4 NCFE Award in Social Care with Children & Families in as little as six months, or take up to a year, if you prefer – the choice is yours.
Course Entry Requirement
The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Social Care with Children & Families and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.
You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.
The Level 4 in Social Care with Children & Families course is divided into twelve comprehensive modules.
Module 1 – The Social and Political Context of Social Work with Children and Families
• Analyse the concept of the family with reference to historical, sociological and political perspectives
• Explore your own attitudes to the family as an institution
• Develop a critical knowledge and awareness of inequality between and within families
• Describe and value the variety of different types of families to be found in a multicultural society
Module 2 – Principles of Social Work with Children and Families
• Explain the importance of key principles in social work with children and families
• Explain the tensions involved in practice with a principles perspective
• Provide a personal statement of principles
Module 3 – The Process of Social Work with Children and Families
• Explain the process of social work in terms of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation
• Relate these processes to social work with children and families
• Demonstrate the links between process and good practice
Module 4 – Direct Work with Children and Young People in the Family
• Identify values and knowledge required for direct work with children and young people
• Identify and critically evaluate particular skills for direct work with children and young people
Module 5 – Working with Adults in the Family
• Explain the needs of adults in the family
• Give examples of particular needs and how these might be met with social work support
Module 6 – Working with the Family as a Group
• Identify ways in which social workers can work with the family as a group
• Identify some of the skills for working with the family as a group
Module 7 – Immediate Protection of the Child
• Suggest some working definitions of child abuse
• Identify some of the problems in defining child abuse
• Suggest some of the main reasons why child abuse occurs
• Explain the key factors you need to take into account in carrying out an assessment of a child thought to be at risk.
• Outline how the investigation of suspected child abuse can be carried out
• Explain the main issues involved in working with child protection committees
Module 8 – Protecting Children & Ensuring the Child’s Future Welfare
• Appreciate what is involved in planning, carrying out and following up work with a child who has been harmed
• Work with other family members when a child has been harmed
• Encourage adults and children to participate in planning, carrying out and reviewing the work
Module 9 – Working with Children being Looked after by the Local Authority
• Define what ‘being looked after in local authority accommodation’ means
• Specify how some children come to be looked after by the local authority
• Identify the legal basis for the local authority looking after children
• Evaluate the risks to children being looked after by the local authority
• Describe the key features of social work with children being looked after by the local authority
• Specify how work to place children with foster carers should be carried out
Module 10 – Social Work with Families through Transitions, Loss and Gain
• Describe some transitions family members need to negotiate and explain the impact they have on family members
• Explain the impact of some losses and gains on family members
• Identify ways in which social workers may work with the family at times of transition
Module 11 – Children and Families and Special Needs
• Identify the use and value of appropriate language in relation to children with special needs
• Describe the legal framework for children with special needs in England and Wales
• Evaluate the relationship between needs and services for children with special needs and their families
• Inform your social work practice with an understanding of anti-oppressive issues
Module 12 – Empowerment and Partnership in Work with Children and Families
• Summarise the concepts of empowerment and Partnership
• Apply the concepts of empowerment and partnership in your work with children and families.
No prior knowledge or experience is required.