Entry and Admissions
Short Course / CPD
Weekly 3 hour lecture over 11 weeks, plus self-directed study
School of Social Work, Care and Community
No Partner College
January and bespoke options available
This module is aimed at statutory and voluntary service practitioners.
All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.
20 Credit Module at Level 7
This module aims to give candidates a critical understanding of the part law plays in interpreting childhood and constructing appropriate roles for children. Students will consider key legislation and policy initiatives both in the UK and internationally to develop their understanding of childhood, with particular emphasis on children’s’ rights, advocacy, and the construction children as victims and criminals.
Topics covered include:
- Children and the UK and international political arena, Human Rights, Children's Rights and Race Relations
- The marginalisation of children and children's issues in the political arena - with especial respect to Asylum and Immigration, Disability and Sexuality, the Criminal Justice system and Homelessness
- The ‘Child’s voice’ - advocacy, participation and consultation processes in service planning and as service recipients throughout the UK and Europe
- Key themes embodied in or arising from the Children Acts 1989 and 2004
- Parental responsibility, fathers, residence and contact
- The right to be consulted - what does it mean in practice?
- Partnership with parents - how child care professionals interpret their role and responsibilities
- Domestic violence, contact and the Courts
- Families by adoption
- The discourse and language of policy in practice
Learning Environment & Assessment:
Short presentation and written assignment.
Learning outcome & aims
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
- Critically review the way in which the law constructs and understands the roles of children
- Critically appraise the way in which the UK and/or international political systems decide what is and is not relevant to children and the consequences of such decisions
- Explore in depth the way in which the intentions of the Children Acts 1989 and 2004 and other relevant legislation & policy are translated into practice
- Communicate ideas and arguments in a written format, in an online forum and orally in the context of formal presentations
- Select and draw upon a range of sources of printed, electronic and other material as a means to develop the presentation of arguments and evidence
- Critically discuss children’s rights and policy making
Industry links & professional accreditation
The School of Social Work Care and Community has worked closely with some of the key local statutory and independent employers in the development of this module. The learning from this module can be used to requirements for continuing professional development and continuing education.
Work experience and international opportunities
At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.
The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.
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Fees & Funding
You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE
How to Apply
Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.
Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.
This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.