Module Title:Children and Families
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes detailed above will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: • Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. • Problem Solving Exercises – students will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various social care scenarios. • Class Discussion/Debate/ Case Studies - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. • E-Learning – It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. •Self-Directed Independent Learning.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to support learners to develop an awareness of social care work with children and families. The module will explore the value of working with children and families from various theoretical perspectives. Students will get the opportunity to appraise the range of interventions and ongoing support frameworks utilized in working with children and families.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 On completion of the module students will be able to Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical frameworks for working with children and families across the lifespan D1,12 D2,3,9,12,16,17, D3 1, 4 6,10 D5 3,6,7.
LO2 Understand the role and purpose of building and maintaining relationships with children and families to effectively implement a range of practical, technical and practice interventions. D2,3,9,12,16,17,
LO3 Develop an awareness of their own characteristics, values and practice on their interactions with service users D 5,1,2,3,6,7.
LO4 Develop an awareness of anti oppressive practice and Personal and Professional development. D1,1,8,9. D4 1.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

8837 FAMI H3401 Children and Families
9449 PRTC H1436 Professional Social Care Practice Contexts Models and Legal System
9516 DEVL H1405 Professional Social Care Theory and Practice
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Theories of the Family.
Students will explore the different theoretical approaches to studying family dynamics to include, Family Systems, Developmental, Stress, Conflict and Resilience theory. Stages of Change theory. Hardiker Model. D1 P-19,23,D - P 12,17,D3- P1,2,4,5,6,10. D5 - P1,2,12,13,15,
Practice Frameworks:
Applying the concepts of micro and macro practice to working with families and children. Partnership approach with families and other professionals using the following frameworks, the Childs World, Strengthening families, Buckley’s Assessment framework, D1- P 1,2,17,19,22. D2 - P6,12,13,17. D3- P 6,7,8,10,13. D4- P5. D5- P,6,8,12,15.
Interventions, Services and Supports for families,
Family assessment frameworks, Tusla, Camhs, Family support services. Planning and the process of direct work with children and families. Dealing with seperation, loss and trauma. D1- P1,2,3,14,17,19,22. D2- P1,,6,12,,15,17. D3- P1,2,7,8,13. D4- P,5,D5,6,8,15.
Social Care Themes, Issues & Critical Debates.
Anti-oppressive practice, Partnership, Prevention and Support in Practice. Personal and Professional development. . D1- P1,2,15,22. D2- P1,17. D3- P7,8,10, D4- P,5,D5,12,15.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Case Studies Case study will provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to analyse and evaluate the use of social care theories and interventions with an individual, family or group of service users.D1,1,2,6,D2,6,12,D3,1,2,,D4,2,,D5,1,6 1,2,3,4 100.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HHPSC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Professional Social Care Practice 5 Mandatory
CW_HHSST_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies 3 Mandatory
CW_HHPSC_D Bachelor of Arts in Professional Social Care Practice 5 Mandatory