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Children's CPD Module - Risk & Decision Making in Children's Services

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To apply for this module please 'request a place' and download the FCL Social Work CPD Funding Application Pack from Attached Documents, complete this and return to by the 13th July 2020.

This 30 credit module is designed to enable senior practitioners and managers in children’s services.

Teaching and learning will take place in larger group sessions and smaller practice development discussion groups.

Themes covered include:

• Key concepts and challenges in risk decision-making
• The legal, policy and practice context
• Critical perspectives on risk
• Organisational risk
• Machine learning and risk decision-making
• What works in Children’s Services?
• Learning from serious case reviews

Early on, you will identify a key challenge in risk-analysis and decision-making within your professional role, along with a goal you would like to achieve in relation to this. You will undertake an action learning project, enabling you to develop your practice and/or that of your team. Peer discussion within small groups, and peer feedback through sharing progress on your project (including via the virtual learning environment) will help you frame effective risk management practices.

Evidence of learning is incorporated into your portfolio.

This module can be taken as part of a PGCert, PGDip or as a stand alone module. 

Start Date
Wednesday 3 February 2021
End Date
Wednesday 2 June 2021
13:30 - 16:30
Learning outcomes

You will learn about key perspectives, theory and the evidence base concerning risk and decision-making in Children’s Services in contemporary legal, policy and practice contexts.

The focus will be on integrating learning with critical reflection and development of risk management practice, as well as tackling role related challenges.


Additional information

 Please note some or all of this module will be delivered virtually due to the University’s Covid-19 restrictions. The published dates may be amended or shortened and further dates added to spread this module out. Further details will be available nearer the time.



Target Audience
Children's Services (B&HCC) / Social Workers
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Course pre-requisites

You must be a Manager in a Social Work Team or an Experienced Senior Social Work Practitioner

Microsoft Teams, online learning session
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University of Sussex
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