Module Title:Alternative to Home Care
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes 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 – the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: Provide learners with an appreciation of alternatives to family of origin care for children or adults who are in of need social care services and support students understand the role policy plays in the delivery of Irish alternative to home care. Presenting the principles of working in alternative to home care settings, the module provides the opportunity for students to research policy from a human rights and person-centred perspective and evaluate the quality of Irish alternative to home care using national and international research evidence. Students research and communication skills are enhanced through the teaching & learning strategies and assessment workload associated with the module.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Critically review a national policy associated with varying forms of alternative to home care (foster care; adolescent residential and high support care; adolescent detention centres; adult residential care in elder, residential care in disability services, homeless services) for concepts of human rights, and person-centred care (D1, 1,3,4,5,6, 7) (D2; 3,4,9,12): (D3 -2,7,8,9,10,13,12), (D5-; 1,2,3,10,12,13, 14)
LO2 Critically consider how the principles of social care practice apply to alternative to home care service provision D1, 1,3,5,6, 11,14,21,22,23 D2; 1,3,4,12: D3 1,2,8,9,11,13,15 D4; 3,4,5,6,D5; 1,2,3,14)
LO3 Identify the needs of those requiring alternative to home care and evaluate the quality of alternative to home interventions available to children and adults in Ireland D1, 1,3,5,6 D2; 1,3,4,9,12: D3 1,2,7,8,9,11,13,15 D5; 1,2,3,10,14)
LO4 Demonstrate the ability to gather and disseminate information relevant to Irish alternative to home care D1- 3,5,6 D2; 1,3,4,8,9,12: D3 1,2,7,8,9,11,13,15 ,D5; 1,2,3,10,14)
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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

9308 PRTC H2424 Supervised Professional Practice 1
9387 SOCG H3401 Alternative to Home Care
9389 SERV H2404 Community-based Social Care Services
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module.
No incompatible modules listed
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.
No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Theoretical context of alternative to home care
Purpose principles and delivery of residential and foster care (D1: P1,3,9; D3: P1,2,6,11,13; D5: P1,5,6).
Policy Context for Alternative to Home Care services
National Standards for alternative to home care - Alternative Care Practice Handbook 2014,National Standards for Foster Care, After Care Policy, 2017; National Standards for Children’s Residential Services, adolescent residential and high support care; adolescent detention centres; National Quality Standards for Residential Care services. (D1, p.1, 9; D5, p.3)
Principles for Working in Alternative Care Settings.
Human-rights based practice, person-centred care and needs based practice applied to children, young people and adults living in alternative care settings (D1, p.1, 3, 8, 23; D2, p.11; 12;14; 16; 17; D3; p.1; 2 D5, p.1; 2, 6)
Social Care practice skills for working in alternative to home care
Assessment, therapeutic work, managing change and non-finite loss, working with group dynamics, managing challenging behaviour, work for preparing young people to return home or leave care, supporting people in alternative to home care working with difference and oppression, Systematic approaches to assessment and planning e.g. TRANSACTS Model (O’Kane 1998, framework for the assessment of Children in need and their families (Milner and O Byrne 2002) Recording and Case management (D1, p.1, 3, 8, 23; D2, p.11; 12;14; 16; 17; D3; p.1; 2, 6, 8, 11, 13; D5, p.1, 5, 6, 17)
Assessment Breakdown%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project The essay will demonstrate students ability to critically review a form of alternative to social care using principles of practice, National policy and nation & international research. D1, 1,3,5,6 D2; 1,3,4,9,12: D3 1,2,7,8,9,11,13,15 D4;1,2 3,4,5,6,D5; 1,2,3,10,14) 1,2,3 80.00 n/a
Project Using a case study, students will be asked to completed a needs assessment relating to Alternative to Homecare Services D1, 1,3,5,6 D2; 1,3,4,9,12: D3 1,2,7,8,9,11,13,15 D4; 3,4,5,6,D5; 1,2,3,10,14) 3,4 20.00 n/a
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 2.00
Tutorial 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.60
Assignment Twice per semester 0.27
Assignment Every Month 0.75
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