CARE09007 2017 Management and Leadership in Social Care

General Details

Full Title
Management and Leadership in Social Care
Transcript Title
Management and Leadership
N/A %
Subject Area
CARE - Social Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
majella mulkeen, Breda McTaggart, Tamsin Cavaliero
Programme Membership
SG_WSOCI_M09 201700 Master of Arts in Social Care & Social Justice SG_WSOCI_O09 201700 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Social Care & Social Justice SG_WSOCI_M09 202100 Master of Arts in Social Sciences

This module aims to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required to become an effective manager within social care settings. The module provides the theoretical underpinning necessary to understand the leading, learning and development process within an organisational context.

Learning Outcomes

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


Understand models of leadership and the role of the manager relevant to Social Care contexts.


Identify the functions and tasks of a manager relevant to Social Care contexts.


Demonstrate and assess effective facilitation skills in a work-group environment, be capable of creating a successful work-group.


Demonstrate appropriate judgement in conflict situations and act accordingly.


Understand the importance of supervision, compliance, governance, leadership and evidence-based practice.


Assess the capabilities and competencies of people in organisations, conduct appropriate appraisals and evaluations.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Blended -

2 hrs week online, alternate weeks

Plus face to face classroom contact

Module Assessment Strategies

Two continuous assessment opportunities exist for this programme.

Repeat Assessments

A suitable project will be developed.

Indicative Syllabus

Theories of Leadership and Management in a residential care context

The legislative and policy context of residential care in Ireland

The characteristics of effective residential care provision

Supervising staff: approaches and skills

Addressing conflict in staff groups

The requirements of HIQA compliance, professionalisation and regulation

TUSLA and HSE governance

Evidence-Based Practice

Assessing competencies within a staff team


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Learning Project Project 50 % Week 6 1,2,5
2 Reflective Practice Project Project 50 % Week 13 3,4,6

Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Group Learning Flat Classroom Workshop 9 Once Per Semester 0.60
Total Distance Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.60 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online Lecture 2 Fortnightly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2006 What Works in Residential Child Care: A Review of Research Evidence and the Practical Considerations. National Children's Bureau, London

Recommended Reading
2007 Working in Group Care: Social Work and Social Care in Residential and Day Care Settings Bristol BASW/Policy Press

Recommended Reading
2007 Managing childrens homes: developing effective leadership in small organisations LondonJKP

Recommended Reading
2016 Rebalancing pedagogy and accountability in the Irish Social Care Sector Dublin, IPA Administration

Recommended Reading
2008 Working with challenging and disruptive situations in residential child care: Sharing effective practice. London SCIE

Recommended Reading
2008 Residential Child Care: Prospects and Challenges London JKP

Recommended Reading
2011 I know we cant be a family, but as close as you can get: Displaying families within an institutional context. In Seymour, J. :-:- Dermott. E. (Eds) Displaying Families: A New Concept for the Sociology of Family Life. Basingstoke, Pagrave Macmillan

Recommended Reading
2002 Pain, Normality, and the Struggle for Congruence: Reinterpreting Residential Care for Children and Youth. Haworth Press

Recommended Reading
October 2009 p.22-27 Raising children: A character-based approach to residential child care. Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

Recommended Reading
2009 Rethinking Residential Child Care Positive Perspectives. Bristol Policy Press

Recommended Reading
2015 A Guide to Youth Justice in Scotland: policy, practice and legislation Residential Childcare Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice

Recommended Reading
Vol 6(1) 2007 An equality perspective in residential childcare Scottish Journal of Residential Care

Module Resources

URL Resources

CELCIS Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland

SIRCC Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care

EPIC Empowering Children in Care