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April 8, 2022


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  • PKR: ₨964
  • EUR: €4
  • GBP: £3
  • INR: ₹326
  • BDT: ৳ 418
  • IRR: ﷼168,040


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Applying social work skills in practice, you will explore the social work role in working with vulnerable and socially excluded individuals and groups. You will learn about risk and the assessment of need in social work practice, and explore the wider context of social work practice and responses to social work.

You will also explore the application of relevant knowledge, skills, and values in social work, and think about the place of research in supporting social work practice.


In this course, Applying social work skills in practice, you will be exploring the social work role in working with vulnerable and socially excluded individuals and groups.

You will start by exploring risk and the assessment of need in social work practice and the broader context of social work within society. You will then look at some specific contexts within which social work is practiced. You will hear about different service user/carer and practitioner experiences and how social work knowledge, skills, and values are applied when social workers are supporting children and adults in transition. You will be exploring these facets of social work practice:
  • Assessing need and managing risk
  • Understanding what it means to practice reflectively
  • Planning and intervening
  • Managing and evaluating practice
  • Being accountable.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course K216 Applied social work practice, which forms part of the OU’s Social Work qualifications.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Understand and apply some concepts of risks, needs, rights and responsibilities
  • Discuss some ethical dilemmas faced by social workers as morally active practitioners
  • Identify circumstances that lead to risks of harm, and recognise the responsibilities of social workers in protecting service users and the public within legal contexts
  • Explore transitions in child and adult social work practice, and recognise factors that determine the way people experience and manage change
  • Identify elements of good practice for supporting people through transitions.

Course Curriculum

    • Social work: Needs and Risks 00:20:00
    • Complex Issues: Social work, Risk and the media 00:30:00
    • Measuring Outcomes 00:10:00
    • Engaging with the Media 00:20:00
    • Learning from Mistakes, Inquiries, Reports and Reviews 01:20:00
    • Some Related Issues 00:15:00
    • Reducing Risk and Minimising Harm 00:15:00
    • Working with Family Groups and Networks 00:20:00
    • Developmental Theories and Experiences of Care 00:20:00
    • Becoming a Social Worker 00:10:00
    • Being ‘Looked After’ 00:30:00
    • Measuring Outcomes 00:15:00
    • Individuals in Context 00:20:00
    • Supporting Young Carers 00:20:00
    • Supporting transitions to residential care 00:10:00
    • Moving On 01:20:00
    • Conclusion 00:10:00

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