Working In Partnership With People (Skills Course)
This Social Care - Skills Course has been structured so that students can choose exactly the area they need to develop by setting their own learning priorities.
These courses can be used by qualified social workers in practice as a source of professional updating, as well as by trainers, lecturers and practice teachers as a source of learning material. They can also be used by individuals who are eager to learn more about a particular area of Social Work.
In Session One you will examine what partnerships are before looking at the requirements for partnership working in Session Two. This will set the scene for Sessions Three and Four where you will look at issues of good practice and how you could use these in your social work.
However, given the complexities of partnership, it is inevitable that there are tensions and you will identify and explore these in Session Five. In Session Six you will develop your own strategies for evaluating partnerships in which you will engage in your professional life.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Define the term "partnership" as it is used in social work and social care
- Outline the benefits of working in partnership
- Explain why partnership is integral to good practice
- Identify the main skills needed to work in partnership
- Explain how partnership can address some of the criticisms made of social work methods
- Identify some of the tensions and dilemmas posed by the partnership approach
- Carry out an evaluation of partnership working.