Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) clearly states that safeguarding is the responsibility of all those who work with children and their families. This module is designed to explore contemporary safeguarding practice and will support practitioners in maintaining the professional requirements of the HCPC (where relevant).
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
Short Course / CPD
Part-time: weekly 3 hour lecture over 9 weeks, plus self-directed study time required to complete assessment.
School of Social Work, Care and Community
No Partner College
May (Bespoke options available)
This module is aimed at those who wish to develop their knowledge and practice in safeguarding children and young people.
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.
The module aims to provide students with opportunities to develop and advance their knowledge of practice and policy in safeguarding children and young people. It will contribute to the continuing professional development (CPD) of practitioners, academics and researchers in the field of safeguarding children and young people.
Child Welfare services are in a period of on-going, rapid change. Since the focus of this module is on contemporary practice, the specific content varies year on year to reflect these changes. Consequently, the content below is indicative rather than definitive or exhaustive:
- Contemporary context
- Policy, guidance and practice in relation to assessment of need and risk
- Professional decision making – evidence from research
- Lessons from serious case reviews and research
- Theoretical approaches to safeguarding
- Outcomes – what are good outcomes for children, what is the evidence base and how can they be assured?
- Evidence base for effective inter-professional child welfare practice in safeguarding children
- Developing strategies for effective Inter-professional/multidisciplinary working
- Staff support and professional development in safeguarding work
20 Credit Module at Level 7
Learning Environment & Assessment:
Poster presentation and 3,000 word essay
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.
- Demonstrate enhanced knowledge and skills in 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
- Critically evaluate the participation of children and young people in safeguarding service provision
- Demonstrate professional leadership in the practice of safeguarding children by contributing to the advancement of knowledge and evidence based practice of professional colleagues.
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.
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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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
Fees 2018/19 and 2019/20: £725 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
For 2017/18 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
To apply to undertake the PGCert Safeguarding Children, please follow the instructions on the course webpage.