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April 8, 2022


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This course, An introduction to social work in Wales, will introduce you to the importance of recognizing that social work practice happens in context. In particular, you will learn about what this means for social work in Wales in the Welsh context.


You will be introduced to features of the Welsh context that will develop your understanding of what it means to be an effective practitioner in Wales. As you study, you will develop an understanding of devolution and the impact of this on legislation, policy, and ultimately on social work practice in Wales. You will also consider some important aspects of language need and language choice. You will be introduced to some of the roles and tasks are undertaken by practitioners, how these are informed by legislation and social policy, and how they are underpinned by the codes of practice and the professional value base.

Respecting the individuality of each person is a central value of social work but, as the term suggests, social work is not only about individual perspectives: it also takes place in a social context. Society, demography, geography, national legislation, national policy, and language all play an important part, both in the lives of service users and carers and in the practice of social work practitioners.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning of 'social' in social work practice
  • Consider the impact of the Welsh context on social work practice in Wales to explore what values and attitudes underpin social work practice.

Course Curriculum

    • The social context of service users 00:10:00
    • What is the ‘Welsh context’ of social work? 01:00:00
    • Legislation and policy 00:05:00
    • Devolution 01:00:00
    • Values 00:50:00
    • Social work roles in practice 02:00:00
    • Disadvantage and discrimination 00:30:00
    • Empowering practice 01:00:00
    • Language sensitivity 00:20:00
    • Social work and the Welsh language 01:30:00
    • The language, legislation and policy 01:00:00
    • The Rimmer Pyramid 00:30:00
    • Conclusion 00:05:00

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