Assignment No. and type: CW1: Essay
Assessment weighting: 100%
Written essay based on a case study.
Students will be required to write a 2500 word essay that demonstrates the learning outcomes through critical reflection and application of the social work theories, methods and approaches to each stage of the social work process ASPIRE in relation to value-based social work practice.
Specific Assessment Criteria:
Critically explore and discuss the application of appropriate theoretical approaches to social work intervention, including the application of social work values, in relation to one of the case scenarios provided. The assignment must make specific reference to the social work process described by the acronym ASPIRE.
This assignment has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your achievement of the following module learning outcomes:
LO 1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key stages of the social work process.
LO 2: Critically evaluate and apply the skills required at each stage of application.
LO 3: Articulate a critical appreciation of the social work knowledge base.
LO 4: Critically reflect on and compare a range of approaches to social work practice.
LO 5: Identify and discuss social work values; the concept of empowerment and how these apply in practice.
The essay should:
o Not exceed 2,500 words (+/- 10%)
o Demonstrate fluent academic writing
o Have a clear introduction and conclusion
o Typed in font Ariel (size 12)
o Format line spacing set to 2.0
Case Study 1
Caroline is 96 years old and has dementia. Her husband Frank has been her full time carer for a number of years but is struggling to cope. Overnight, Frank was rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack and he is currently in intensive care and his prognosis is poor. The
paramedics called the emergency contact, to alert their daughter Jenny, who is 65 years old. She came straight to her mother’s support, but is very worried about who will care for her mother in to the future. She is angry that social workers did not respond to the GP referral sooner, she thinks it could have prevented Frank’s collapse.
Caroline is anxious and tearful because she says she doesn’t know where Frank has gone. She is able to stand and move with a walking frame, however is very unsteady on her feet. Caroline does not know when she needs the toilet and wears continence pads. Caroline was reliant upon her husband for all aspects of the household tasks, safety and care needs to be met.
Caroline and her husband have lived in their village location for all of their married life (over 70 years). Frank worked as a lawyer and the couple spent many years gardening, traveling and hiking once their daughter and two sons had left home and had their own careers and families. They have enjoyed having their grandchildren and great grandchildren around until they became older and developed current frailties Caroline was a keen gardener and Frank has maintained their garden view with a weekly visit from a local gardener/handy man.
Jenny insists that the time has come to move her mother in to a nursing home.
Referencing and research requirements
Please reference your work according to the Harvard System Referencing style as defined in Cite Them Right Online (http://www.citethemrightonline.com). This information is also available in book form: Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2019) Cite them right: the essential reference guide. 11 th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Copies are available via the University library.
Journal articles should be included
How your work will be assessed
Your work will be assessed against the assessment criteria for Level 5.
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