Safeguarding Children and Young People (SW4033) Short Course

Safeguarding Children and Young People (SW4033) Short Course
Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) clearly states that safeguarding is the responsibility of all those who work with children and their families. This module is designed to explore contemporary safeguarding practice and will support practitioners in maintaining the professional requirements of the HCPC (where relevant).

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:

Part-time: weekly 3 hour lecture over 9 weeks, plus self-directed study time required to complete assessment.


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

May 2017 (Bespoke options available)

Entry Requirements:
This module is aimed at those who wish to develop their knowledge and practice in safeguarding children and young people.

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:
The module aims to provide students with opportunities to develop and advance their knowledge of practice and policy in safeguarding children and young people. It will contribute to the continuing professional development (CPD) of practitioners, academics and researchers in the field of safeguarding children and young people.

Child Welfare services are in a period of on-going, rapid change. Since the focus of this module is on contemporary practice, the specific content varies year on year to reflect these changes. Consequently, the content below is indicative rather than definitive or exhaustive: 

  • Contemporary context 
  • Policy, guidance and practice in relation to assessment of need and risk 
  • Professional decision making – evidence from research 
  • Lessons from serious case reviews and research 
  • Theoretical approaches to safeguarding 
  • Outcomes – what are good outcomes for children, what is the evidence base and how can they be assured? 
  • Evidence base for effective inter-professional child welfare practice in safeguarding children 
  • Developing strategies for effective Inter-professional/multidisciplinary working
  • Staff support and professional development in safeguarding work

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Poster presentation and 3,000 word essay

Academic Expertise

Fiona Harbin, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
  • Critically appraise theories and evidence underpinning service development and practice for safeguarding children.
  • Demonstrate enhanced knowledge and skills in improving effective inter-professional and multidisciplinary working in the interests of safeguarding children
  • Critically analyse policy, guidance and practice in relation to assessment of need and risk
  • Critically evaluate the participation of children and young people in safeguarding service provision
  • Demonstrate professional leadership in the practice of safeguarding children by contributing to the advancement of knowledge and evidence based practice of professional colleagues.

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.


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Progression Routes

This module can be completed towards the Professional Development and Practice , Specialist Practice with Adults or Specialist Child Care 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. We offer further progression with Postgraduate Diploma and MA awards. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit

PG 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 for 2016/17 and 2017/18

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