Module Overview

Developing Professional Practice

This module aims to equip the student with knowledge and skills for professional practice in the social care sector:to introduce the student to key theoretical and practice frameworks and the application of this knowledge in evidence-informed approaches to practice ;to enable the student to understand the importance of ethical and legal frameworks for professional practice and the importance of professional boundaries and professional judgment;to equip the student with knowledge regarding child protection policies and procedures and the role and the responsibilities of the social care worker where concerns arise;to equip the student with knowledge and skills regarding safeguarding of vulnerable adults;to introduce the student to national standards in social care service provision, i.e. HIQA standards in the various sectors; to equip the student with skills to develop professional relationships and utilise theoretical frameworks for assessment and decisionmaking in the context of interdisciplinary and interagency working.

Module Code

SSSC H2012

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Legal, ethical and practice boundaries

-An introduction to ethics in social care-Codes of ethics and professional conduct-Legal and practice boundaries

Professional Relationship Building and Decisionmaking

-Strategies for professional relationship building-Professional boundaries and strategies for managing related challenges-Professional decisionmaking in the context of ethical conflicts and available resources-Co-working and referral to other professionals-Interdisciplinary and Interagency working

National Policies and Legal frameworks

-National Standards: HIQA; Application of standards to the various social care sectors

Evidence Informed Practice

-Evidence informed knowledge and application to social care practice;Key theoretical /practice models:-Resilience theory and its application to various categories of service users-Attachment profiles and their impact on Adult relationships-Effects of Separation, Loss and Trauma on Service users;Integration of professional skills of self-awareness, communication, working in partnership and professional judgment

Assessment and Intervention Frameworks

Models of assessment and intervention: Child Safeguarding and the Whole Child Approach/ My World triangle

Child Protection

-Indicators of the different types of abuse and neglect-Child Protection Guidelines: Children First (2017)-Agency specific guidelines-The role and responsibilities of the social care worker in child protection-Confidentiality, candour and disclosure

Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults

-Identification of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults, including the elderly- safeguarding policies (HSE)- rights of service users

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