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Children's CPD Module - Practitioner Research

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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 23rd July 2021.

This 15 credit module is only available on request to practitioners undertaking the PGDip.  It provides experienced staff with the opportunity to develop their professional role through practice-based research.  Applications will be looked at on a case by case basis.

You will identify an issue, challenge, knowledge gap or service need relevant to your professional role for which you, your organisation and/or service users would benefit from further exploration or development.

You will learn how to critically examine what is already known (through a literature review) and to apply this knowledge through research informed practice, enabling you to develop your professional role and improve your practice.

You will participate in research methodology seminars, and a virtual learning environment for additional learning support and resources. You will be able to discuss your plans, present your work – issues, dilemmas, critical incidents - and share your learning in conversation with your peer group. You also will be expected to engage in self-directed learning, critical self-reflection, and practice development through research.

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Start Date
Tuesday 5 October 2021
End Date
Tuesday 8 February 2022
09:30 - 16:30
Learning outcomes
On completion of the course, you should feel equipped to develop your own projects, inform policy developments and/or make significant changes to your practice, improving outcomes for individuals, families, groups or communities.
Additional information

To apply for this module please register your Expression of Interest before the 23rd July 2021.

A learner contract applies to this module. The contract states that you may be asked to repay course fees if you do not complete the module or if you cease employment with the Council within one year of completing the module. You must sign the contract in order to be allocated a place on the module.

Target Audience
Brighton & Hove City Council Staff / Children's Services (B&HCC) / Social Workers
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Course pre-requisites

You must be an experienced Social Worker undertaking this module as part of the PGDip.

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