CARE06017 2019 Professional Practice 2

General Details

Full Title
Professional Practice 2
Transcript Title
Professional Practice 2
100 %
Subject Area
CARE - Social Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Caroline Costello, Sheena O'Neill
Programme Membership
SG_HSOCI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice SG_WSOCI_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice
  • This module aims to build on learners knowledge from year one within the field of social care practice. Students will explore the professional role of the social care practitioner across the sectors, including the guiding principles of appropriate professional practice and professional practice regulations.
  • Students will examine concepts of inclusive practice and recognise the importance of practicing in a non-discriminatory, culturally sensitive way, underpinning core and ethical values in social care practice. Students will be introduced to the child and vulnerable adults safeguarding policy, procedure, and best practice. 
  • Students will know and understand the key concepts of the domains of knowledge which are relevant to their first professional practice placement. 
  • Personal Development Planning (PDP) will be integrated into this module
  • Attendance of this module is mandatory and adheres to the guidance contained in the Attendance Procedure.  
  • Attendance and successful completion of all module components and requirements is a  pre-requisite for students to proceed to practice placement in semester four. 

This module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency below:

Domain 1: Professional Autonomy and Accountability

Domain 2: Communication, Collaborative Practice, and Team working

Domain 3 Safety and Quality

Domain 4: Professional Development

Domain 5: Professional Knowledge and Skills

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Analyze and demonstrate an understanding of professional practice policy requirements reflecting key principles of best practice (Domain1.1,1.2,1.6,1.7 1.10, 1.11, 4.2, 5.19).


Identify and apply social care practice core values, ethical and inclusive practice and the impact within the social care sector (Domain 1.3, 1.5, 1.8, 1.23, 5.7)  .


Demonstrate an understanding of child and vulnerable adult safeguarding, policy, procedures and best practice (Domain 1.12, 3.1, 3.7).


Understand they key concepts of social care practice and tasks of the social care practitioner using real world examples (Domain 2.3, 2.13, 2.14, 2.17,3.2, 5.1, 5.7, 5.10).  


Explore professional boundaries and challenges within social care practice  (Domain 1.5, 1.17, 1.21). 


Utilise reflective practice to develop self awareness in response to key learning experiences (Domain 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 5.19) .

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module aims to build on your knowledge, within the field of social care practice.

Students will attend a weekly 1-hour lecture and two x two-hour tutorial/skills workshop sessions. The lectures will introduce students to social care skills and competencies in a variety of diverse practice settings, linking learning from theory to practice.  Tutorials/skills workshops will be participatory and encourage students to examine and evaluate learning in preparation for practice.

A variety of teaching and learning techniques will be incorporated to include working in smaller groups, case studies, role-play, and guest lectures by social care workers from a wide range of sectors.


Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment of this module is designed to enable learners to consider the personal and professional challenges of social care work and the students own identity. They will consider the challenges of supporting service users within the context of extreme adversity. 

Students are required to achieve a pass mark in all elements of the module, in order to achieve an overall grade.  The module learning outcomes require learners to consider the practical implications of the module in relation to learner’s new knowledge and skill base, including how learners can apply this to a social care setting. 

This modules assessment allows for assessment of CORU Standards of Proficiency as follows:

Essay (Domain 1.1,1.2,1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.10, 1.11, 1.23, 4.2, 5.7, 5.19)  

Presentation (Domain 1.3, 1.5, 1.12, 1.23, 3.1, 3.7)

PDP (Domain 4.1, 4.2,4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 5.19)

Professional Practice Placement Portfolio (Domain 1.5, 1.17, 1.21, 2.3, 2.13, 2.14, 2.17, 3.2, 5.1, 5.7, 5.10)

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Assessment will depend on the element that the student has been referred. For example, a repeat essay, or a project. This will be confirmed at the official examination board.


Module Dependencies

CARE06023 201600 Practice Placement SCP (year 2)

Indicative Syllabus

 Each one of your learning outcomes must have its own IS.

LO1 )  Analyse and demonstrate an understanding of professional practice policy requirements reflecting key principles of best practice (Professional Autonomy & Accountability).

Examine the role of the social care practitioner from the historical origins of the "care role" to the journey towards professional regulation. Exploring regulation in social care such and the roles of CORU, HIQA, HSE and key policy that underpins the work in social care practice. Learners will demonstrate the core roles of social care workers. 

LO 2)   Identify and apply social care practice core values, ethical and inclusive practice and the impact on the social care sector (Professional Autonomy & Accountability).

Discuss the importance of ethical and professional conduct in social care. Recognizing the importance of, and response to confidentiality and ethical dilemmas that may present in social care. Learners will explore how marginalization, stigma, discrimination and oppression impact on the individual, group and community. Learners will be able to promote principles of anti-oppressive practice and anti-discriminatory practice as essential elements of social care practice. 

LO 3) Demonstrate an understanding of child and vulnerable adult safeguarding, policy, procedures and best practice (Safety and Quality).     

The learner will gain insight into the practical applications of theories, policies, and legislation within social care work. Learners will demonstrate an understanding of the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and the role of the social care worker in supporting families and ensuring the protection of service users. The will have an understanding of mandatory reporting, Tusla notification systems and examples of early intervention. 

LO 4) Understand the key concepts of social care practice and tasks of the social care practitioner using real-world examples (Professional Knowledge and Skills).

Students will explore possible placement opportunities, the role, and responsibilities of the social care practitioner in a range of social care settings.  Learners will produce a professional practice placement portfolio which will demonstrate their knowledge of the role of the social care practitioner. Learners will demonstrate their communication skills and observational skills required in challenging encounters with service users.

LO 5) Explore professional boundaries and challenges within social care practice (Professional Autonomy & Accountability).

Learners will draw on patterns of inequality within Irish society, and the implications for the role of the social care worker, a case study approach is adopted fitting with a social care practice approach and identity. Learners will explore their expectations of professional practice, professional values, and boundaries in social care. They will discuss the significance of supervision and self-care. 

LO 6) Utilise reflective practice to develop self-awareness in response to key learning experiences (PDP - Professional Development).

Personal Development Planning is a core feature of this module during which students will continue their journey to become reflective practitioners and reflect on the subject matter from professional studies modules such as value conflicts and self-awareness


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Essay Continuous Assessment Essay 30 % Any 1,2
2 Presentation Continuous Assessment Project 30 % Any 3
3 PDP Continuous Assessment Assignment 10 % Any 6
4 Professional Practice Placement Portfolio Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Any 4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Tutorial 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2015 Handbook for Practice Learning in Social Work and Social Care
ISBN 1849055718 ISBN-13 9781849055710

This fully updated and expanded third edition of a classic text provides a comprehensive introduction to key theory, knowledge, research and evidence relating to practice learning in social work and social care. It outlines the theories that underpin social care practice, the main assessment models and interventions, and also offers guidance on the effective implementation of assessment across a range of professional contexts. Contributors from research, policy-making and practice backgrounds offer guidance on how to apply policy and research findings in everyday practice while ensuring that the complex needs of each individual service user are met. This third edition also features new chapters on group work, social pedagogy and personalisation. The Handbook for Practice Learning in Social Work and Social Care is an essential resource for ensuring effective evidence-based practice which will be valued by students, educators and practitioners alike.

Required Reading
2012-01-01 Professional Boundaries in Social Work and Social Care Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN 9781849052153 ISBN-13 1849052158

Annotation A practical guide for judging and maintaining boundaries in relationships between worker and client.

Required Reading
2012-05-15 Ethics and Values in Social Work Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 0230300170 ISBN-13 9780230300170

Ethics and Values in Social Work offers a clear and systematic account of professional ethics in relation to social work practice, framed within a global context. Having sold over 38,000 copies across its lifetime, this is a thoroughly revised edition of a modern social work classic from a leading international author. Combining a sound grasp of theoretical issues with a sharp focus on the latest policy and practice, this edition features: Detailed discussion of the participation of service users, including their role as activists and the importance of the service user movement; Extended analysis of professional regulation and codes of practice, and their role in defining the nature of social work; A vast array of practice examples, which bring current social issues to life; Comparison of the latest codes of ethics from across the globe; A wealth of supportive features, such as points for reflection, extended case studies and further resources. Ethics and Values in Social Work successfully synthesizes the complex ideas and concepts that characterize social work's value base. Written with Banks' trademark accessibility and theoretical rigour, this book will continue to be an invaluable resource for all students, educators and practitioners of social work.

Required Reading
2013-08-23 Applied Social Care Gill Education
ISBN 0717156230 ISBN-13 9780717156238

Third edition of this popular comprehensive introduction to all key study areas within Applied Social Care and Social Care Practice, including theoretical approaches, practice issues, social care and specific population groups. New to this edition: International perspectives on social care practice, drawing on experience in Ireland, Europe and North America An update on the social care professional development project New chapters on therapeutic approaches to social care practice, child protection, health promotion and working with juvenile offenders. Provides a historical outline of social care in Ireland, with reference to key institutions, legislation and regulations. Identifies theoretical bases of social care practice in psychology, sociology and social policy, and how these have evolved and developed through the interplay of theory-building, evidence-gathering, policy development and polemical debate. Examines the fundamental role of 'self' in social care practice and concepts, practices of equality and anti-oppressive practice. Focuses on key practice issues, including student placement, workplace supervision, multidisciplinary teamworking and responding to challenging behaviour. Examines social care practice with particular social and demographic groups - young people, older people, the homeless, those with disabilities, the Travelling community and new immigrant communities - and identifies the required skills and approaches associated with this work. Endorsed by the Irish Association of Social Care Educators (IASCE ) and by Social Care Ireland (SCI). Suitable For: Students of Social Care/Applied Social Studies at degree and honours degree level

Required Reading
2016-05-20 Anti-Discriminatory Practice Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 1137586656 ISBN-13 9781137586650

Now going into its sixth edition, Neil Thompson's Anti-Discriminatory Practice has been providing a trusted introduction to the challenges of promoting social justice and equality for almost a quarter of a century. Addressing the common concepts and issues across the various forms of discrimination, this book explores the reasons why the development of anti-discriminatory practice is so vital, and examines the steps that need to be taken towards constructing a social work practice based on principles of anti-discrimination and the promotion of equality. Written with Thompson's inimitable clarity, this new edition features: Voice of Experience and Practice Focus examples, encouraging readers to think contextually and integrate theory and practice. An explicit theory base, with key points from each chapter drawn out to highlight specific main themes A range of questions for reflection and guidance on further learning Promoting social justice, diversity and equality in social work practice is as vital today as it was when Anti-Discriminatory Practice was first published, and there is still much to learn. This new, fully updated edition of the classic text remains an essential read for the next generation of social work students, practitioners, managers and educators.

Required Reading
2009 Social Care Practice in Ireland Gill Education
ISBN 0717145093 ISBN-13 9780717145096

A unique text providing integrated multidisciplinary perspectives (Sociological, Psychological and Professional Practice) on social care practice scenarios set into the themes of Inclusion, Rights and Ethics.

Required Reading
2016-08-05 The Reflective Journal Palgrave
ISBN 1137603488 ISBN-13 9781137603487

This is the second edition of Barbara Bassot's hugely popular book is a uniquely inspiring introduction to critically reflective practice. Using bite-sized theory combined with plentiful guidance and supporting activities, this book gives the reader a place to reflect on their learning and use writing as a tool for developing their thinking. Critical reflection is an essential skill for anyone undertaking qualifying professional programmes such as social work, nursing, health, teaching, childhood studies and youth and community work degrees. Whether being taught as a discrete module or as a major theme embedded in all teaching, this is essential reading for anyone wanting to improve their practise and deliver the best service possible.

Required Reading
2011-11-01 Social Work Skills And Knowledge: A Practice Handbook McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN 9780335238071 ISBN-13 0335238076

Written for social work students, this handbook describes more than 50 key social work skills. Using case studies and examples, the author demonstrates their creative application in evidence-based practice.

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies


URL Resources

CORU Regulatory Body


Social Care Practice


Statutory Bodies


Child & Youth Services:


Domestic Violence Services


Child & Family Services

  • Barnardos:
  • Childrens Rights Alliance   

Drug and Alcohol Support Service:


Equality Authority:


Disabilities Services: 

Other Resources

CORU Regulatory Body

  • Standards of Proficiency for Social Care Workers & Professional Code of Conduct