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Return to Social Work: Theory and Practice Training Level 4

CPD Accredited - E-Learning Course

Sirius Group


£249 inc VAT
Or £83.00/mo. for 3 months...
Study method
Online, self-paced
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Reading material - PDF/e-book, slides, article/plain text
210 hours
No formal qualification
210 CPD hours / points
  • Certificate of completion - Free
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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About the Course

Returning to social work can be a dauting task, you may have been out of practice for a short time or several years. This course has been designed to give you the skills, knowledge and CPD points required to confidently return to the Social Work profession. Enrolment on the course includes a one hour development call with one of our social work tutors.

Our online Social Work Theory and Practice Training from Sirius Social Care aims to provide learners with the skills and knowledge related to social work. The course will provide learners with insight and understanding into adult and childrens social work. It will cover knowledge, skills and reflective practice.

With 16 highly interactive modules and over 10 hours of video content the course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge related to social work.

Reflective accounts written by social workers are used throughout the course. The reflective accounts are based on practical examples in adult and childrens social work.

The course also helps learners to understand what a social work theory is and how it can be applied to social work practice.

This course is suitable for social workers wanting to develop their skills and knowledge, or people returning to social work. It is also a fantastic course for those exploring the possibility of becoming a social worker and want to understand what the job entails.

Completing the course will give learners 210 CPD points for the required private study. This does not include any supervised practice. The course will be classified as private study.

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210 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Group

Course media


  • Social Work Training L4 Certificate - download


Course Content - Curriculum

Course Modules

Our Social Work Theory and Practice Training Course is split into the following modules. The modules contain videos, reflective accounts, journals, reports and practical examples. Learners will have the opportunity to reflect on what they learn.

Module 1 – Introduction to Social Work with Childrens

  • Social Work and Childrens
  • What is Social Work? Childrens and Families Video
  • What is Social Work? Emergency Duty Team Video
  • Different Roles in Children’s Social Work Video
  • Children Protection Conference Video, what would you do?
  • Social Work with Young Offenders

Module 2 – Introduction to Social Work with Adults

  • What is Social Work? Services for Older People Video
  • Older Adults
  • Social Work with Adults with a Learning Disability Video
  • Social Work with People who have a Learning Disability Reflective Account
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Overview and Reflection
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults video

Module 3 – Key Social Work Theories and Models

  • Major Theories used in social work practice (Systems theory, Psychodynamic, social learning, conflict).
  • Attachment Theory
  • How Childhood Affects Attachment Styles
  • Attachment Theory Case Study
  • Learning Theory
  • Case Study – Psychological, Psychodynamic and Sociological Theories
  • Case Study Psychology, Attachment theory, cognitive development, moral development, Adolescence and identity, transitions.

Module 4 – Serious Case Reviews

  • Baby P – Peter Connelly
  • Multi-Disciplinary Practice - Victoria Climbe

Module 5 - Mental Capacity

  • BIA Reflective account – Dols and MCA
  • BIA Case Study 2017
  • Case Law Case Study
  • Case Study dan baker
  • MCA Code of Practice 2005
  • Mental Health Act Code of Practice
  • Liberty Protection Safeguards

Module 6 – Modern Slavery

  • Modern Slavery
  • Maid in Hell

Module 7 - Reflective Practice / Critical Reflection

  • Critical Analysis and Reflection
  • Risk: Critical Analysis - Reflective Account

Module 8 – Safeguarding – Daniel Pelka

  • Case Study – Daniel Pelka

Module 9 – Values, ethics and anti-oppressive practice

  • Anti-Oppressive Theory And Practice Social Work
  • The Ethics And Values Of Social Work Social Work
  • Power Issues And Case Analysis Imbalances Social Work Reflective Account
  • Defining And Understanding Empowerment Social Work
  • Equality and Diversity - Analysing equality and Diversity in Social Care

Module 10 – Social Work and Social Media – Verphy Kudi and Baby Asiah Kudi

  • Case overview
  • Verphy Kudi relative video
  • Reflective thoughts

Module 11 – Social Work Assessments and Report Writing

  • Assessments
  • Report Writing

Module 12 – Violence within Communities Abrham Badru

  • Abraham Badru Video
  • Abraham Badru case overview

Module 13 – Older People and Personalisation

  • Is Personalisation Meeting the Needs of Older People
  • Reflective thoughts

Module 14 – Social Work Context, Difference, Ethnicity and Disability

  • Social Work Context
  • Reflective thoughts

Module 15 – Writing Reflective Accounts

  • Reflective Exercises

Module 16 – Social Justice Report Asylum seeking children

  • Asylum Seeking Children Report
  • Reflective Exercises

Module 17 - Lone White Mothers with Mixed Race Children and Social Work Practice

  • Lone White Mothers with Mixed Race Children Report
  • Reflective Exercises

Final Assessment

After completing all modules, learners will be required to take an online multiple choice assessment test. This online multiple choice test is marked automatically so you will receive an instant grade and know whether you have passed the course. If required you will be able to retake the test with no extra charge.


On successful completion of this course learners will be awarded with:

Level 4 CPD in Social Work Theory and Practice Training

Upon completion of the course learners will be awarded with the Sirius Social Care CPD certificate. The Certificate of Achievement will provide proof that you have studied the course and will contain your grade and classification level.

This certificate will be produced in PDF format, hard copies of the certificate are available on request at an additional fee of £19.99.

Course Format

This course is delivered online through eLearning. Learners of the course will receive instant access to our interactive student learning portal, which offers 24/7 access to the Social Work Training Course.

Course Duration

The learning is online so it can be spread out over multiple sessions or done in one session. The time taken to complete the course is dependent on the learner.

Learners will have access to this course for up to 12 months from the date of joining. There is no time limit to complete the course during this period.

Tutor Support

As part of the Social Work Training Course you will receive access to a dedicated tutor support. The tutor will be able to provide you with unlimited online email support to help answer any questions that you may have whilst you are studying the course.

Course Compatibility

Our Social Work Training Course is fully compatible with PC’s, Mac’s, Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone devices. You will be able to access the same content from the course, just over a 3G or 4G network whilst on the move.

Outcomes from the course:

Develop skills and knowledge of Adult Social Work

Develop skills and knowledge of Children’s Social Work

Develop understanding of major theories used in Social work

Develop your Social Work Practice

Learn Social Work skills and techniques

Develop Critical Reflection Skills

Explore current issues in Social Work

Who is this course for?

Anyone can take this course. The course has been designed for anyone who has an interest in social work.


There are no entry requirements necessary to join this course from Sirius Social Care. Everyone is welcome to enrol on this online course to develop their careers and practice.

Career path

The course is beneficial for current social workers to increase their knowledge and obtain CPD points to support their required Social Work England CPD hours. It is also designed for people returning to the social work profession and require CPD hours to return to the register. The training is classed as private study.

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Rosalyn asked:

Hi: What's difference between "Social Work Theory and Practice Training Level 3" course and this one? The modules look all the same. Rosalyn


Hi Rosalyn Thanks for the question. The level 4 course has more training material resources to choose from to develop your reflective practice. Regards David

This was helpful. Thank you for your feedback.
Lucy Bridge asked:

Will I be able to apply for re registration with Social Work England if I complete this course?


Hi Lucy Thank you for your question. Completing the course will give learners 210 CPD points for the required private study. This does not include any supervised practice. The course will be classified as private study. Regards David

This was helpful. Thank you for your feedback.
Bea asked:

I have been out of social work for 23 years. I have kept my social work registration. Is this course ok to enable return to social work?


Hi Bea Thank you for your question, the course is suitable for you in relation to the private study requirements. You could complete our course and then arrange your own supervised practice to return to the register. Regards David

This was helpful. Thank you for your feedback.


Certificate of completion

Digital certificate - Included

Certificate is issued after completion of the course. Hard copy certificates are available on request for £19.99.


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