Part-time: One year
Safeguarding children is a high profile area of work, where decision making carries a high order of risk for children, their families and those engaged with them. There is a pressing demand for professionals and others across a wide range of disciplines and sectors to develop an in-depth knowledge of child protection work and to demonstrate effective, evidence based skills.
The course was developed to offer opportunities for continuing personal and professional development through the development of in-depth knowledge to support practitioners and others whose work or research interests lay within the wide range of services for children, young people, their parents or carers. The multi-disciplinary backgrounds and experiences of candidates are an important value added element of the course, mirroring as it does the multi-agency working which underpins all contemporary children’s services and is required by legislation and guidance.
The guiding principle governing recruitment to this programme will be our perception of applicants' ability to benefit from the course. There is a standard benchmark requirement of a first degree in a relevant subject or area, but non-standard entrants are encouraged. In appropriate cases, accredited prior learning and/or professional experience may be substituted for a first degree in line with current academic regulations. Typically this will be where applicants hold a professional qualification that can be accredited as relevant prior learning (APL).
The course takes an evidence based, applied approach to the examination of the legislative and policy frameworks for current practice and current research, policy and practice concerning children's safety and protection.
Specific topics include: the ways in which relevant legislation and guidance including the Children Acts, 1989 & 2004, Every Child Matters and the Human Rights Act are currently being applied and the part law plays in constructing appropriate roles for children; conventional theories of childhood and child development; ideas and evidence about child care outcomes; children's participation in service development; decision-making and risk assessment and management; inter-professional working and integrated services; cultural competence.
The three modules studied during this course explore:
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Child health and social care has received considerable support under the government's modernising agenda leading to an increase in child care provision, employment opportunities and a growing evidence and academic knowledge base. The school has been active in developments in child care practice and research and has developed a strong child care research group which has contributed to our success in establishing a research profile of national/international significance. Against this background we provide relevant, up-to-date and accessible courses in child care at postgraduate level including the Postgraduate Certificate in Safeguarding, the MA in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People and PhD opportunities.
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Each of the three modules consists of 5-6 taught sessions. These include a mix of tutor delivered input; interactive discussions; candidate lead seminars; problem solving activities and directed reading.
Assessment is by coursework and varied: methods include seminar presentations, the preparation of a training pack, a poster presentation, essays, critiques.