MSc Advanced Social Work with Children and Families

This is a part-time programme providing continuing professional education for registered social workers who are currently working with children and young people, their families and carers.

This is an integrated programme of academic and professional learning targeted primarily at students who are professionally qualified and experienced social workers, currently practising in a children and families setting.

It is intended to develop students’ knowledge and understanding to enable them to work at advanced level (as practitioners or managers) with children, young people and families/carers, and to demonstrate ‘advanced’ professional capability, in line with the appropriate levels of the Professional Capability Framework (PCF) for social work.

The programme leads to one of three awards and is organised so that you may have the opportunity to continue on and register for the MSc, whether you enter at Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma level.

The programme is normally accessed by qualified social workers as part of their employment with local authorities or voluntary/independent sector organisations in the South-West. However, we also welcome applications from appropriately qualified and experienced practitioners or managers from elsewhere. It is managed in partnership with local employers.

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School contact:
Heather Ottaway
+44 (0)117 33 10691

School admissions:,
+44 (0)117 954 6785

School for Policy Studies
University of Bristol
8 Priory Road
Bristol, BS8 1TZ

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