Global Perspectives on Children’s Participation (SW4709) Short Course

Global Perspectives on Children’s Participation (SW4709) Short Course
Children and young people have the right to participate. On this module students learn what participation could mean in practice by studying a variety of local and globally contexts. Students explore the role of culture in framing children and young people’s lives and their participation. Students develop their awareness of the barriers to and facilitators of effective participation.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Within 3 months, comprising weekly teaching plus self-directed study time.


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Start Date:

January and bespoke options available

Entry Requirements:
This module is aimed at people with experience as participants in or facilitators of children and young people’s participation; staff for whom individual or group participation in decision making is an element of their job role; and, graduates with a clear interest in children and young people’s participation.

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.

Course Content

Course Outline:
Highlights of the module:
  • This module is taught by staff at UCLan’s Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation – a knowledge hub with a global reputation.
  • It focuses on participation by marginalised children and young people. 
  • The module is associated with the European Network of Masters in Children’s Rights.
  • This module enables you some flexibility in choosing choose the focus of your own learning and building a personalised study programme designed to meet your unique interests, eg in social work, health, education, early years, community work or specific geographical locations.

Modules description:
This module aims to develop in students a critical but appreciative awareness of the role of culture in framing children and young people’s lives and their participation. It engages students in exploring the role of international and national policies, agencies and practices in shaping childhood. By exploring the process of globalisation and comparing and contrasting the experiences of children internationally it asks students to question the extent to which understandings of child participation are universal. The module encourages students to consider the implications of global perspectives on children’s participation for developing their own practice.

Topics covered include:

  • Globalisation and children’s lives
  • Core concepts, theory and key considerations
  • International and national models of policy and practice
  • Children and the family in a changing world
  • Children’s rights and participation
  • Problematizing participation
  • Voice, audience, space and influence
  • Strategies for promoting participation

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Short presentation and written assignment.

Academic Expertise

Cath Larkins, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
  •  Critically evaluate the extent to which children’s lives and understandings of participation are shaped by processes of globalisation
  • Critically compare understandings of child participation across Majority and Minority worlds
  • Explore the diverse influences of history, culture, economics and politics in shaping the spaces in which child exercise influence within and outside of services
  • Critically assess the degree to which policy and practice relating to children and young people’s participation is shared or colonised

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

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.

Graduate Careers

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.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

This module can be completed towards the Professional Development and Practice Postgraduate Certificate or the Professional Development and Practice Postgraduate Diploma.
On successful completion of this module students can continue their professional development studies by undertaking other modules to gain a Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma. We offer further progression options to work towards an MA award. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit

PG Cert/Dip/MA Professional Development and Practice

Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Non-standard part-time fees £650 per 20 credit module 2016/17

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

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.

Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408

Should you have any further questions about the module or application process:
Centre for CPD
School of Social Work, Care & Community
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361

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.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361