Module Overview

Professional Practice - Context

The module provides an introduction for the student to social care as a service sector. This module is descriptive in nature and will provide an insight into the development of social care service provision and the distinct identity of social care workers within such provision. The module will specifically focus on introducing the concepts of; advocacy,service user participation individual professional development and intervention planning.

Module Code

SSSC H1016

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

(5.14.) History of service provision

History of service provision for: children in state care, those with disability and other marginalised groups. Industrial and reformatory schools and their link (via Kennedy report and abuse report publications) with present day provision. Models of disability and building inclusive practice.

5.1) The role of the social care worker

The role of the social care worker as outlined by Graham (1995) and Harrington and Honda (1993). comparing and contrasting with two competency frameworks e.g the NACP competencies and the CORU competencies.

2.3) Focusing on the O’Brien & O’Brien ‘Five Valued Experiences’

Focusing on the O’Brien & O’Brien ‘Five Valued Experiences’; Person Centred Planning; Strengths Based Approach; Communication; Advocacy; Role of the Social Care Worker; Providing personal care while respecting dignity.

3.6) Intervention planning guidelines

Intervention planning guidelines, in house and at national level (CAAB guidelines). Use of policy and procedures. Practice models at macro (Service wide) mezzo (targeting specific behaviour patterns) and micro (needs based individual interventions).

4.1) CPD obligations

CPD obligations as outlined by CORU, Garda vetting, other local and national obligations in relation to Children 1st and dealing with concerns of poor professional practice.

5.15.) Human Rights Approach

5.15.) Human Rights Approach UNCPRD 2006; Taking a human rights approach; The role of HIQA in upholding standards in residential services; protecting and enhancing Capacity and decision making through use of self, group and assisted Advocacy. Exploring the experiences of people with disabilities; Challenging prejudice and exclusion.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)50
Formal Examination50