This part-time course prepares you for the challenges of management in organisations where policy and structure are subject to constant change. You will cover key issues in social work leadership and management – honing your ability to critically examine daily management practice.
This course will provide budding social work managers with a deep and systematic understanding of current knowledge about effective practice in leadership, management and supervision in the context of current social work practice and how this can enhance best outcomes for service users.
It will increase your expertise in critical reflection bringing analytical and research-led perspectives to your practice as leaders and managers to influence change where necessary by using creative thinking.
The course will encourage you to reach your full potential as a leader and manager in social work by enhancing your knowledge, skills, sense of enterprise and self-awareness so that you can evaluate and plan for your own future direction and learning needs. It will equip you with the skills, confidence and mental agility to lead and make decisions for best outcomes in provision for service users working collaboratively in complex, ever changing environments and with competing demands.
We have a proven track record for delivering innovative social work programmes and world leading, pioneering research. There is a strong commitment to ensuring that teaching is informed by up to date knowledge that is evidence based.
Whether you undertake the full masters programme or opt for individual units you will benefit from the expertise of a team of experienced social work academics committed to holistic practice that is firmly embedded in research, in partnership with practitioners and service users.
The course has been mapped against the Professional Capability Framework for Social Work and as a result, on completion, you will have evidence that you have met capability at advanced level.
Many career opportunities will be available to you in social work as a consequence, specifically your employability skills will be enhanced by:
- being observed in your managerial and supervisory practice and expected to critically review, analyse and propose specific actionable areas for improvement
- creating a personal development strategy outlining your strengths, areas for improvements, opportunities for development and how any barriers to these can be overcome
- developing employability skills such as professional leadership, high level oral and written communication skills, analytical problem solving and decision making
- learning from other leaders and managers both informally and formally about what works and what does not work in social work leadership and management and sharing this knowledge to improve social work practice.