Safeguarding Children and Young People (SW4033) Short Course

Safeguarding Children and Young People (SW4033) Short Course

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

AWARD TYPE: Short Course


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: Part-time: weekly 3 hour lecture over 9 weeks, plus self-directed study time required to complete assessment.

SCHOOL: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: May (Bespoke options available)

Entry Requirements:

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.

Course Content

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

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.
  • 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.


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
Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Practice with Adults
Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Child Care 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 PGCert Safeguarding Children. For full details including fees for this certificate 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

To apply to undertake the PGCert Safeguarding Children, 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