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Social Policy and Social Work Observation for Carers

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Online, self-paced
2 hours
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Lifetime access
No formal qualification
10 CPD hours / points
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Observation skills are in high demand in the caregiving industry. By developing these skills, learners can unlock several opportunities, including becoming nursery workers, social workers, health visitors, care managers, early years practitioners, and clinical nurse managers. Our Social Policy and Social Work Observation for Carers course will equip learners with the foundational skills necessary to excel in these roles and take their caregiving abilities to the next level.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of observation skills for carers
  • Analyse child observation and develop a child observation plan
  • Gain insight into different observational methods and studies
  • Understand the impact of social policy on social work observation
  • Learn basic health observation techniques
  • Develop clinical management observation skills


10 CPD hours / points
Accredited by CPD Quality Standards

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Our Social Policy and Social Work Observation for Carers course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of observation skills for carers. This course consists of seven modules that cover the theoretical concepts behind observation skills, child observation, documentation, observational methods and studies, social policy, social work observation, basic health observation, and clinical management observation.

You will learn how to develop a child observation plan, analyse different observational methods and studies, and understand the impact of social policy on social work observation. Additionally, you will develop basic health observation techniques and clinical management observation skills.

At the end of this course, you will be able to use your observation skills to manage clinical observations, identify potential issues, and develop appropriate strategies to address them.


Upon completion of the course, learners can obtain a certificate as proof of their achievement. You can receive a £4.99 PDF Certificate sent via email, a £9.99 Printed Hardcopy Certificate for delivery in the UK, or a £19.99 Printed Hardcopy Certificate for international delivery. Each option depends on individual preferences and locations.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for the following:

  • Childcare providers
  • Foster carers
  • Social workers
  • Healthcare assistants

Career path

Some career paths related to this industry in the UK are:

  • Childcare provider (£15,000 - £25,000)
  • Foster carer (£20,000 - £30,000)
  • Social worker (£24,000 - £40,000)
  • Healthcare assistant (£16,000 - £23,000)
  • Nursing assistant (£18,000 - £24,000)
  • Medical receptionist (£15,000 - £22,000)

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.