Defensible Decision Making

30 credits at level 7 (Postgraduate/Masters)

Defensible decision-making requires social workers to demonstrate a clear rationale for their decisions, based on legislation, policy, models of practice, evidence and recognized decision- making tools. Such decisions are often finely balanced, involving tensions between the imperative to safeguard and reduce risk to individuals and families and the need to promote independence and positive risk-taking. This module will provide an opportunity to revisit and develop theoretical, legal and ethical bases for decision-making. It will provide guidance and advice on developing and recording coherent approaches to decision-making.

Whilst there are different legal and policy frameworks and approaches to intervention, many of the issues and challenges are relevant to both work with children and families and work with adults. The module will be relevant to all front line practitioners, with teaching material focusing on commonalities and links.

Course Fee: £1050

Eligibility for the PQSW modules

All applicants, with the exception of those for the Best Interests Assessor module, are required to be qualified Social Workers, and have current registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

For the Best Interests Assessor module, applicants should be professionals from one of the following disciplines – social work, nursing, occupational therapy or psychology – and have an undergraduate degree level qualification or above.

Applicants should normally be employed by a service provider (in either Children’s Services or Adult Social Care) or in an education, health or social work related profession.

There is a minimum post-qualifying experience requirement for each module; this is specified for each on their individual module page.

Written Test

Applicants who have not undertaken study at a Postgraduate level before and whose Social Work undergraduate degree is 2:2 or lower, will be required to undertake a short written test. This can be submitted at any point in the application process however must be received by the Professional Development Centre, at cpd@lincoln.ac.uk, by no less than 1 month prior to the start date of the module applied for.

Consolidation of Post-Qualifying Professional Development - written test (PDF) 

Practice Education 1 - written test (PDF)

International students

Due to the part-time nature of all these courses and the requirements of the Tier 4 (General) student visa set out by the UK Home Office, we are unfortunately unable to consider applications from international students.

Q: What do I do if I am not sure which course to apply for?

A: In the first instance, please discuss this with your line manager and/or training manager. For advice from the Professional Development Centre, please email your query to cpd@lincoln.ac.uk


Q: My employer will not fund my place- can I fund it myself?

A: The majority of our applicants are sponsored by their employers; however we do also welcome applications from self-funding students. Please contact the Professional Development Centre for further information: cpd@lincoln.ac.uk


Q: How much are the course fees?

A: The fees are subject to change and dependent on the module studied. Please contact the Professional Development Centre for further information: cpd@lincoln.ac.uk


Q: Is there a deadline for applying for a course?

A: We ask applicants to try to submit their applications more than two weeks ahead of the start date. This gives us time to process applications and confirm places in time. However if applications are received after this point and there are still places available then we will try to consider them. If you are in this position we would advise you to contact the Professional Development Centre at cpd@lincoln.ac.uk so we know to expect your application.


Q: I would like to apply for an individual module rather than the entire MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work. How do I do this?

A: All the individual Post-Qualifying Social Work modules offered are listed under the umbrella of the MSc Social Work Advanced Professional Practice and can be studied as stand-alone modules. To apply please select the MSc in Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work from the drop-down list in the Course Selection section of the online Postgraduate Application form, and include a line in your personal statement indicating which module(s) and cohort you wish your application to be considered for.


Q: I am experiencing difficulties submitting the online application form – what help/advice is available?

A: Applicants are required to complete all sections and subsections of the Postgraduate Application form therefore missing information is the most common reason for being unable to submit it. You can check what information is outstanding by looking at the colour indicator next to each section heading – Green indicates that the section is complete, while Orange or Red show that there is still information to be added. Once you have successfully submitted your application you will receive an automatically-generated email confirmation from our Admissions department.


Q: What do I do if my personal details change i.e. address or email (for a change of name please see below) before I have enrolled with the university?

A: Email your change to the Professional Development Centre: cpd@lincoln.ac.uk 


Q: What do I do if my personal details change i.e. address or email (for a change of name please see below) after I have enrolled with the university?

A: You can update your student record via our student portal. You will have access to this following enrolment.


Q: I have changed my name since my initial application or enrolment. How do I inform the University of this change?

A: If you are based in Lincoln, please bring some evidence of the change of name e.g. a marriage certificate or legal document to the Student Support Centre and they will be happy to amend your student record. Alternatively please send a copy of your evidence to us, either via email to cpd@lincoln.ac.uk or via post to Professional Development Centre, University of Lincoln, Think Tank – Room 6, Campus Way, Lincoln, LN6 7TS..


Q: I need to withdraw my application before the course starts- what do I do?

A: Email the Professional Development Centre asap: cpd@lincoln.ac.uk


Q: I cannot attend the first day or a later day on the course timetable, who do I contact?

A: Contact the Professional Development Centre: cpd@lincoln.ac.uk as soon as possible. Most modules will allow you to start if you cannot attend on day one. However the majority of the courses have a minimum attendance expectation of 80% and therefore you are advised to consider this prior to taking up an offer.

 

Learning and Teaching

This module will be delivered using blended-learning methods. The core content will be delivered using a combination of presentations and workshops in order to provide informationand facilitate review, discussion and analysis of key concepts.

Contact sessions will be supplemented by extensive directed learning to enable practitioners to further their knowledge and understanding of legal policy frameworks and research evidence in relation to decision-making and safeguarding. Participants will be directed to a range of selected reading and online evidence-based resources via Blackboard and libraryloans.


Assessment

The assessment for this module will be via a portfolio which will typically include analysis of a case study and an evidence summary.


Course Dates for 2018/19

All teaching and tutorials will take place at our Riseholme Campus.

For ‘Expressions of Interest’ enquiries, please contact the Professional Development Centre:  cpd@lincoln.ac.uk.

 


Closing Date For Applications

The closing date for applications is 1 month before the start date.