Assessment in Child and Family Practice

Course code SWRK6005
Not available in 2016


This course will examine the current theory and practice knowledge in assessment with children and families, within the broader political, economic, social and historical contexts. Skills in assessment in this field of practice will be developed through practical exercises relating to issues encountered in students┬┐ own professional practice. Consideration will be given to a range of forms of assessment as well as a range of family types and how these can inform decision making and effective practice. Both the potential and limitations of child and family assessment will be addressed.


Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. Enhance knowledge and skills necessary for working in increasingly complex human service field of the care and protection of children.

2. Explore new developments in relevant social and psychological theory as it applies to the practice of assessment.

3. Enhance capacity to critically appraise theory and practice.

4. Enhance capacity to understand and document clear ethical decision-making processes.

5. Enhance capacity to integrate theory, research and practice.

6. Strengthen practice skills at an individual and organisational level in relation to the complex psychosocial issues.

7. Further develop skills and contribute to the building of a sound knowledge base for social work practice in the care and protection of children

8. Facilitate strong professional networks with colleagues in the human service practice field in the pursuit of professional and academic excellence.


  1. Political, social, economic and historical meaning of assessment of children and families.
  2. Current concepts, modern and post-modern theories and principles in relation to assessment.
  3. Assessment as an ongoing process.
  4. Improving ethical understanding, decision-making, judgement and appreciating biases in relation to assessment.
  5. Working with dilemmas and risks in assessment .
  6. Building on strengths in assessment.
  7. Using assessment for effective practice with children and families.

Assumed Knowledge

Relevant undergraduate degree.

Assessment Items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Scenario/PBL exercises

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Contact Hours


Self-Directed Learning

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term