Safeguarding Children in an International Context (SW4035) Short Course

Safeguarding Children in an International Context (SW4035) Short Course

This module enables the candidates to explore safeguarding children in a comparative context and develop their own expertise in international safeguarding.

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: Part time

DELIVERY METHOD: Online (no attendance)

COURSE LENGTH: Weekly online tutorials over 15 weeks (1 semester), plus self-directed study.

SCHOOL: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Online Only


Entry Requirements:

This module is aimed at those who have a professional, practical or academic interest in safeguarding children in an international context.

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

This module aims to provide students with opportunities to develop and advance their knowledge of practice and policy in safeguarding children and young people in an international context. It will allow students to consider the experiences of children in differing contexts, countries and continents. The module will contribute to the continuing professional development of practitioners, academics and researchers in the field of safeguarding children and young people.

The module covers topics including:

  • The contemporary context of safeguarding children in an international context
  • The impact of parenting in adversity on the safeguarding of children
  • Policy, guidance and practice in relation to assessment of need and risk
  • Developing strategies for effective Inter-professional / multidisciplinary working
  • Global perspectives on the notion of the vulnerable child
  • Current international policy and government drivers – comparative international approaches
  • Comparative international law including case law, global human rights, advocacy

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment

This course is delivered online.

The assessment will be an 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 in an international setting
  • Critically review current practice in light of evidence from research
  • Demonstrate enhanced understanding and knowledge of  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
  • Demonstrate critical reflection and enhanced knowledge of professional decision making and skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safeguarding children in a comparative international context.

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, currently this module is only available to complete as standalone. For more details on the school’s CPD offering please visit

This module is also a core module (mandatory module) on the MSc Safeguarding in an International Context

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 as standalone 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


To apply to undertake the MSC Safeguarding in an International Context, please follow the instructions on the MSC webpage: /courses/msc_safeguarding_international_context.php

About UCLan

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