Module leader: Andrew Sach (01603 593628; a.sach@uea.ac.uk)

Module teacher: Andrew Sach

Credit value: 20 MA credits, spring semester

Module fee: £ 495

Submission of summative assessed work: 3pm, 28th September 2020

Credits from this module can be put towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MA in Advanced Social Work or MA Mental Health.Applications are open to social workers with at least one year’s post-qualified experience.


This module will enhance practitioners’ and managers’ understanding and appreciation of child and adolescent development and mental health as a basis for effective professional practice with children and families. It will be relevant for all areas of social work with children e.g. family support; work with children with disabilities; child protection; children in care; kinship, fostering, adoption or residential care; CAMHs; Cafcass; IRO; youth offending.



The module includes two taught days, a workshop focused on case discussion for the assignment, private study and the submission of a case-based assignment. Resources, guidance and reading material will also be provided.



The module will provide:

  • A critical understanding of the main dimensions and stages of child development including the developmental milestones which children and young people need to reach in order to achieve optimal development and mental health.
  • A critical understanding of the constellation of factors which ensure safe and effective care for children in birth, foster and adoptive families, including attachment and the impact of a history of abuse and neglect, separation and loss on the development and mental health of children of different ages.
  • Knowledge of the links between developmental psychology, psychopathology and the significant social and ecological factors in caregiving and wider environments that impact on child and adolescent development and mental health.
  • An understanding of how to apply this knowledge in contributing to multi-professional assessments of children, care planning and direct work, including for children with disabilities, in relation to their current and future developmental and mental health needs.

The knowledge, understanding and skills involved in this module therefore link to both the PCF and the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Child and Family Practitioners. The teaching days will include the opportunity to discuss the application of theory and research to different areas of practice. There are 2 taught whole days delivered by Andrew Sach; plus a workshop.



The title of the assignment is: Child and Adolescent Development and Mental Health Case Study.

Due for electronic submission: 3pm, 28th September 2020

The task is: Describe and analyse the development of a child you are working with or have recently worked with (e.g. direct work, assessment, care planning or supporting caregivers). Show how you have used child development knowledge and theory to inform your thinking and your practice with the child or young person, their family and other professionals involved, paying particular attention to the child’s mental health.

The word limit is 4,000 words.

Expected time spent by students

For 20 credits: 200 effort hours.



1 st May 2020 – 10-4.30pm

29th May 2020 – 10-4:30pm.

Venue: TBC (Norfolk) Coffee/tea on arrival, morning and afternoon is provided. Lunch is not provided.



Friday 26th June 2020

Venue: TBC

Coffee/tea on arrival, morning and afternoon is provided. Lunch is not provided.



Please contact your agency Workforce Development Department about the application process. If this is your first CPD module at UEA you will need to register with UEA Admissions. If this is a second or further CPD module you will need to enrol through the Postgraduate Learning and Teaching Hub (ZICER Building): 01603 592071.

Please ensure you have approval from your agency before you enrol.

Applications for 2019-20 should be submitted to UEA by 12th March 2020.

Please be aware that teaching, assessment dates and venues, are subject to change. All up to date information will be available via your UEA Evision account once you are enrolled onto the module.