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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 24th June 2022.

This 30 credit module is for senior practitioners and managers in children’s services.

Teaching and learning will take place in face-to-face workshops and smaller practice development discussion groups, supplemented by some online lectures and other virtual learning resources.

Themes covered include:

• Key concepts and challenges in risk decision-making
• Subjectivity, evidence and outcomes
• Critical perspectives on risk, risk management and evidence
• Organisational risk and lines of power and accountability
• What data can('t) tell us about value, benefit and impact
• The voice of children and families

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. For further details on CPD modules, awards and pathways at Sussex University see:

Start Date
Wednesday 21 September 2022
End Date
Wednesday 11 January 2023
10:00 - 16:00
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.


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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

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