SCIE Knowledge review 12: Teaching, learning and assessing communication skills with children and young people in social work education

By Barry Luckock, Michelle Lefevre, David Orr, Mary Jones, Ruth Marchant and Karen Tanner

Published: November 2006

This knowledge review is about identifying key findings about teaching, learning and assessing communication skills with children in social work education settings. Its main focus is to enable social work educators to apply these findings in the design and implementation of social work programmes.

Key messages

Recommendations

Context

In 2003 the social work qualifying course became a three-year degree. The Department of Health set out requirements for social work training in which it identified five core areas that all students must undertake specific learning and assessment on. Communication skills is one of these. The Department for Education and Skills' Every child matters: Change for children also highlights the importance of communicating with children .

Good communication, both oral and written, is at the heart of best practice in social work. It is also essential for establishing effective and respectful relationships with children.

SCIE is reviewing the evidence for the teaching and learning of all five core areas and this review is the fifth in the series. It follows a previous Social Care Institute for Excellence knowledge review, Teaching and learning communication skills in social work education, which identified the need to examine communication skills with children in more detail.

Purpose

The purpose of the review was to identify the key findings about teaching, learning and assessing communication skills with children in social work education with a view to enabling social work educators to apply these findings in the design and delivery of social work programmes.

Audience

This knowledge review is for people who teach social work (that is, academics, practice teachers and service users) and for researchers. It may also be of interest to students and social care workers.

Related links

Department of Health