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


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: Within 5 months, comprising 5 teaching days plus self-directed study.

SCHOOL: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston


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

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 appreciative awareness of 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 and child participation . By comparing and contrasting the experiences of children internationally it question the extent to which understandings of child participation are universal and it provides the opportunity to learn from international examples of excellence. The module encourages students to consider the implications of global perspectives on children’s participation for developing their own practice.

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

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.


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:

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development and Practice
Masters in Professional Development and Practice

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

This module is also a core module (mandatory module) on the MA Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People. For full details including fees for this course route please visit the course webpage.


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

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

To apply to undertake this module under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD offering, 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.

To apply to undertake the MA Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People, please follow the instructions on the course webpage.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361