Assessing and Managing Risk

Module details

Title:
Assessing and Managing Risk
Code:
MOD003548
Version number:
2
Date amended:
16/Nov/2012
Level:
7
Credit value:
30
Study hours:
300
Module leader:
Peter Scourfield
Department:
School of Education and Social Care
Faculty:
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Module description

The assessment and management of risk has become a core social work activity through, for example, the emergence of safeguarding in both children’s and adults’ social work. However, ‘risk’ and ‘risk assessment’ are diverse and complex subjects which have been conceptualised and analysed from multiple disciplinary perspectives. In the social work literature alone, there are, for example, different views about: what constitutes risk; whether risk is regarded as negative or positive and in what context; what approaches to risk assessment should be adopted and what can and should be done about any risk, should it be ‘promoted’, ‘managed’, ‘balanced’, ‘controlled’, ‘minimised’ or ‘eradicated’ altogether? The various contexts in which risk assessments take place are also clearly all important. Within such contexts, people (including social workers) can either be ‘at risk’ or present a risk, or both at the same time. Whilst much of the time the emphasis has been on professional assessment of risk, latterly, increasing prominence has been given to understanding how service users (i.e. ‘ordinary’ people) perceive, assess and adapt to risks. In this respect, it has been noted that risk is also often talked about differently, depending on which service user group is being discussed. In short, what constitutes risk is open to a variety of interpretations in a variety of contexts and, consequently, the assessment and management of risk is complex, multi-dimensional and contestable in terms of both process and outcome. This module seeks to explore the contested nature of risk; to enable practitioners to better understand their own personal and professional attitudes to risk and to discuss and apply, critically, models of and approaches to risk assessment in a real world context. This module would be suitable for the continuing professional development of both social workers and experienced social workers in the context of the College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework. The assessment for this module is a patchwork text, which provides an opportunity for students to synthesise key points of learning and relate these to practice situations.

Outline content

- Risk in a wider social context - Defining 'risk' - Risk and subjectivity; attitudes to risk - Risk in the context of social care and social work - Positive aspects of risk - Risk, protection and resilience - The right to take risks and the issue of capacity - Models of risk decision-making 1. the Actuarial Approach 2. Analytic/Clinical Approaches 3. Consensus based models 4. Intuition and Heuristics 5. Risk Assessment Tools

Key texts/literature

Key Text (recommended to purchase): Titterton, M., 2005, Risk and Risk Taking in Health and Social Welfare, London, Jessica Kingsley. Other: Hothersall, S. and Maas-Lowit, M., (Eds.) 2010, Need, Risk and Protection in Social Work Practice, Exeter: Learning Matters. Kemshall, H. and Wilkinson, B. (Eds.) 2012, Good Practice in Assessing Risk; current knowledge, issues and approaches, London: Jessica Kinglsey Publishers Parsloe, P., (Ed.) 1999, Risk and Assessment in Social Care and Social Work, London: Jessica Kingsley.

Specialist learning resources

None

Pathways to which this module applies

not available yet 1, not available yet 2

Module restrictions

None

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be expected to be able to:
1
Knowledge and Understanding
Critically analyse different conceptions of risk.
2
Knowledge and Understanding
Critically reflect on the wider context in which risk assessment takes place.
3
Knowledge and Understanding
Critically interrogate the evidence base in relation to different approaches to risk assessment.
4
Intellectual, practical, affective and transferable skills
Critically assess resilience and other protective factors and apply knowledge of such factors in ways that demonstrate initiative and innovation where necessary.
5
Intellectual, practical, affective and transferable skills
Critically reflect on one's own personal and professional orientation to risk and risk assessment.
6
Intellectual, practical, affective and transferable skills
Demonstrate practice in complex and unpredictable and specialised contexts, that is policy-informed, evidence-based and in accordance with social work values.

Further details of the delivery of this module, including information on assessment and learning and teaching hours - click on the appropriate link below.


2014/5 - Face-to-Face delivery
Mode of delivery:
Face-to-Face
Occurrence reference:
ZZF
Academic year:
2014/5


View learning activities
Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Learning activity: Lectures
Hours: 24
Learning outcome(s): 1-6
Detail: 4 X 6 hour days
Learning activity: Other Teacher Managed Learning
Hours: 0
Learning outcome(s): N/A
Detail: Variable hours: Online and face to face tutorial support as requested. VLE managed activity: e.g. Use of module documents, web links etc.
Learning activity: Other Student Managed Learning
Hours: 276
Learning outcome(s): 1-6
Detail: Reading, research, use of VLE and writing of assignments.
Total hours:
300


Assessment details
In order to pass this module, students are required to achieve an overall mark of 40%. In addition, students are required to: (a) achieve the qualifying mark for each element of fine grade assessment as specified below (b) pass any pass/fail elements.
Assessment number: 010
Code: MOD003548/1
Method: Coursework
Details: Patchwork text 6000 words
Learning outcomes: 1-6
Percentage weighting: 100
Fine grade or pass/fail: Fine Grade
Qualifying mark: 40
2014/5 - Face-to-Face delivery - Cambridge
Location:
Cambridge
Mode of delivery:
Face-to-Face
Occurrence reference:
C-1
Academic year:
2014/5


View learning activities
Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Learning activity: Lectures
Hours: 24
Learning outcome(s): 1-6
Detail: 4 X 6 hour days
Learning activity: Other Teacher Managed Learning
Hours: 0
Learning outcome(s): N/A
Detail: Variable hours: Online and face to face tutorial support as requested. VLE managed activity: e.g. Use of module documents, web links etc.
Learning activity: Other Student Managed Learning
Hours: 276
Learning outcome(s): 1-6
Detail: Reading, research, use of VLE and writing of assignments.
Total hours:
300


Assessment details
In order to pass this module, students are required to achieve an overall mark of 40%. In addition, students are required to: (a) achieve the qualifying mark for each element of fine grade assessment as specified below (b) pass any pass/fail elements.
Assessment number: 010
Code: MOD003548/1
Method: Coursework
Details: Patchwork text 6000 words
Learning outcomes: 1-6
Percentage weighting: 100
Fine grade or pass/fail: Fine Grade
Qualifying mark: 40
2014/5 - Face-to-Face delivery - Chelmsford
Location:
Chelmsford
Mode of delivery:
Face-to-Face
Occurrence reference:
A-1
Academic year:
2014/5


View learning activities
Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Learning activity: Lectures
Hours: 24
Learning outcome(s): 1-6
Detail: 4 X 6 hour days
Learning activity: Other Teacher Managed Learning
Hours: 0
Learning outcome(s): N/A
Detail: Variable hours: Online and face to face tutorial support as requested. VLE managed activity: e.g. Use of module documents, web links etc.
Learning activity: Other Student Managed Learning
Hours: 276
Learning outcome(s): 1-6
Detail: Reading, research, use of VLE and writing of assignments.
Total hours:
300


Assessment details
In order to pass this module, students are required to achieve an overall mark of 40%. In addition, students are required to: (a) achieve the qualifying mark for each element of fine grade assessment as specified below (b) pass any pass/fail elements.
Assessment number: 010
Code: MOD003548/1
Method: Coursework
Details: Patchwork text 6000 words
Learning outcomes: 1-6
Percentage weighting: 100
Fine grade or pass/fail: Fine Grade
Qualifying mark: 40
2015/6 - Face-to-Face delivery
Mode of delivery:
Face-to-Face
Occurrence reference:
ZZF
Academic year:
2015/6


View learning activities
Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Learning activity: Lectures
Hours: 24
Learning outcome(s): 1-6
Detail: 4 X 6 hour days
Learning activity: Other Teacher Managed Learning
Hours: 0
Learning outcome(s): N/A
Detail: Variable hours: Online and face to face tutorial support as requested. VLE managed activity: e.g. Use of module documents, web links etc.
Learning activity: Other Student Managed Learning
Hours: 276
Learning outcome(s): 1-6
Detail: Reading, research, use of VLE and writing of assignments.
Total hours:
300


Assessment details
In order to pass this module, students are required to achieve an overall mark of 40%. In addition, students are required to: (a) achieve the qualifying mark for each element of fine grade assessment as specified below (b) pass any pass/fail elements.
Assessment number: 010
Code: MOD003548/1
Method: Coursework
Details: Patchwork text 6000 words
Learning outcomes: 1-6
Percentage weighting: 100
Fine grade or pass/fail: Fine Grade
Qualifying mark: 40
2015/6 - Face-to-Face delivery - Cambridge
Location:
Cambridge
Mode of delivery:
Face-to-Face
Occurrence reference:
C-1
Academic year:
2015/6


View learning activities
Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Learning activity: Lectures
Hours: 24
Learning outcome(s): 1-6
Detail: 4 X 6 hour days
Learning activity: Other Teacher Managed Learning
Hours: 0
Learning outcome(s): N/A
Detail: Variable hours: Online and face to face tutorial support as requested. VLE managed activity: e.g. Use of module documents, web links etc.
Learning activity: Other Student Managed Learning
Hours: 276
Learning outcome(s): 1-6
Detail: Reading, research, use of VLE and writing of assignments.
Total hours:
300


Assessment details
In order to pass this module, students are required to achieve an overall mark of 40%. In addition, students are required to: (a) achieve the qualifying mark for each element of fine grade assessment as specified below (b) pass any pass/fail elements.
Assessment number: 010
Code: MOD003548/1
Method: Coursework
Details: Patchwork text 6000 words
Learning outcomes: 1-6
Percentage weighting: 100
Fine grade or pass/fail: Fine Grade
Qualifying mark: 40
2015/6 - Face-to-Face delivery - Chelmsford
Location:
Chelmsford
Mode of delivery:
Face-to-Face
Occurrence reference:
A-1
Academic year:
2015/6


View learning activities
Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Learning activity: Lectures
Hours: 24
Learning outcome(s): 1-6
Detail: 4 X 6 hour days
Learning activity: Other Teacher Managed Learning
Hours: 0
Learning outcome(s): N/A
Detail: Variable hours: Online and face to face tutorial support as requested. VLE managed activity: e.g. Use of module documents, web links etc.
Learning activity: Other Student Managed Learning
Hours: 276
Learning outcome(s): 1-6
Detail: Reading, research, use of VLE and writing of assignments.
Total hours:
300


Assessment details
In order to pass this module, students are required to achieve an overall mark of 40%. In addition, students are required to: (a) achieve the qualifying mark for each element of fine grade assessment as specified below (b) pass any pass/fail elements.
Assessment number: 010
Code: MOD003548/1
Method: Coursework
Details: Patchwork text 6000 words
Learning outcomes: 1-6
Percentage weighting: 100
Fine grade or pass/fail: Fine Grade
Qualifying mark: 40