Childhood in Law and Welfare (SW4032) Short Course

Childhood in Law and Welfare (SW4032) Short Course
This module aims to give candidates a critical understanding of the part law plays in interpreting childhood and constructing appropriate roles for children.

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:

Weekly 3 hour lecture over 11 weeks, plus self-directed study


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

February and bespoke options available

Entry Requirements:

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.

Course Content

Course Outline:
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.

Academic Expertise

Dr Mary Drummond, Module Leader

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.

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

Under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD portfolio, this module can be completed as standalone or towards one of the following courses:

For full details of the Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes please visit

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 892440
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.

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

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