Social Work, Care & Community

Centre for CPD

The Centre is founded on our high academic standards, strong values and ethics of social work and social care practice.

We aim to provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Continuing Education (CE) for Social Work and Social Care practitioners in the UK. To achieve this we offer a range of flexible study options using a blended learning approach. All of the CPD content is delivered by a range of academic, research or practice experts. You can access individual CPD events and modules or go straight for one of the target award courses.

The aim is to consolidate existing knowledge, learn new knowledge and skills, promote research informed practice and most importantly consider the impact on performance, enhancing service delivery and improving the service user and carer experience.

The Centre for CPD and School of Social Work, Care and Community work in line with both the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and Social Work profession regulators Code of Ethics.

If you have any enquires please contact the team on 01772 894361 (Modules and Courses) or 01772 893408 (Events and Training) or email socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk

James Whiteside - CPD Programme Administrator, Olivia Murphy - CPD Project Administrator

Keep Up to Date with What We Offer

  • Website: Most information is available via this webpage

  • Brochure: Our 2018/19-19/20 brochure is available as pdf or you can request a hard copy

  • Email Updates: If you would like to be informed directly of upcoming/additional CPD options, please send us an email requesting to be added to the mailing list

  • Twitter: Follow us on Twitter @UCLanSWCC_CPD


BASW CPD Provider Accredited

In February 2018 the Centre was one of the first organisations to be awarded accreditation under the BASW CPD Provider Accreditation Scheme. The scheme provides a marker of excellence in the delivery of professional development and training. All our CPD has the BASW Code of Ethics at the heart of its delivery.

Find out more information about BASW’s Code of Ethics here.

BASW Accredited CPD Provider logo

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Do you wish to enhance your skills and knowledge? Our variety of workshops, lectures and refresher sessions have been designed to help you reach your professional requirements and development.

Follow the links below to find out more information including; content, venue, dates, timings, fees and booking instructions.

To request your place, please complete and return the Booking Form. Allocation of places will only be made once payment and a completed booking form have been received.

21.02.20 or 07.05.20  Best Interest Assessor Refresher training

02.12.19   Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery

09.12.19  Mental Capacity Act: Corporate responsibility


A wide range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD and CE. Most of the following modules can be completed individually or towards one of the course awards.

To find out if and how you can use a module towards a course award, first check the progression route section of the module webpage. Then visit the relevant course webpage to see if the module is a core or optional module, and what other modules you would need to complete. Please contact the team to discuss your options, the best combination of modules and course timeframes at any point in the process.


A variety of professional courses are available under the Centre for CPD. Please follow the links below to find out more information on these including; content, module options, learning environment and assessment, entry requirements and application instructions.

For courses with optional modules and flexible intakes, we can discuss the best options for you at any time in the process.

We will consider accreditation of prior learning for the modules on all Centre for CPD courses.

Bespoke Training

The Centre is also able to offer onsite and bespoke training in many areas of practice, contemporary themes and theory, research and policy.

We have a large staff team of academics and researchers and therefore have contemporary expertise in social work and social care to deliver high quality bespoke training to meet workforce training needs where and when you need it.

Some examples of training topics we have recently provided include:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Supervision and Coaching
  • Asset Based Community Development
  • Digital Professionalism in Social Work
  • Risk Analysis
  • Refreshers for AMHPs
  • Care Act Implementation
  • Social Pedagogy
  • Mental Health Act Legal Update

We can also provide exclusive delivery of certain modules, which can usually be delivered at your premises or UCLan’s Preston or Burnley campuses. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Please complete the Training Request Form and return it to socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk so that we can consider your requirements. Alternatively please call to discuss your requirements on 01772 893408.