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Youth Justice: Theory, Policy and Practice (SW4718) Short Course

Youth Justice: Theory, Policy and Practice (SW4718) Short Course
The aim of this module is to provide participants with a critical appreciation of theoretical perspectives underpinning the policy and practice of the Youth Justice system in England and Wales.

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

Study Mode:

None

Delivery Method:

Campus

Course Length:

Part-time within one semester: weekly 3 hour lecture for 10 weeks, along with self-directed study time to complete assessment.

School:

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Start Date:

Please register your interest in this module with socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk to be notified of dates.

Entry Requirements:
This module is aimed at existing Youth Offending Service practitioners and also social care practitioners who may be considering practice within a youth justice setting, or seeking to enhance existing understanding of youth justice issues.

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 aim of this module is to provide participants with a critical appreciation of theoretical perspectives underpinning the policy and practice of the Youth Justice system in England and Wales. The module provides opportunities for participants to explore current paradigms of practice; question their efficacy in light of research evidence and critically reflect upon practice issues within the youth justice setting.

The module covers topics including:

  • Classical and Positivist contributions to Criminal Justice
  • Assessing Risk in an ‘Actuarial’ age: Contemporary issues in risk assessment
  • Post Austerity Youth Justice
  • Equality and diversity issues in contemporary youth justice practice and policy
  • The International context: Exploring comparative systems of Youth Justice

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The module is assessed using two assessment elements. The first element is a 3,000 word essay based on a Case Study and represents 70% of the overall total for the module. The second element is a 15 minute Reflective Account submitted in a filmed format and represents 30% of the overall total for the module. 

Academic Expertise

Mike Blackmon, Module Leader  

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Explain and critique the complex challenges associated with youth justice service delivery
  • Critically evaluate historical and contemporary conflicts/dilemmas in relation to youth justice legislation and policy
  • Analyse the changing value and ethical bases underpinning youth justice practice
  • Critically reflect on young people and their families’ experience of youth justice services
  • Critically reflect on skills and competences required to work in Youth justice practice.

 

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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 Advanced Community Justice or 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. We offer further progression with Postgraduate Diploma and MA awards. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit our Social Work CPD page

PG Dip/MA Professional Development and Practice

 

Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

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
Email: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk

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
socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk

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,
Preston,
PR1 2HE
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361

Email: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk