Short Course

Safeguarding Children in an International Context

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


Course overview

SW4035 - 20 Credits at Level 7

This module aims to provide students with opportunities to develop and advance their knowledge of practise 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.

Topics covered

  • 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

Aims and objectives 

  • 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.

Level: Postgraduate CPD
Delivery: Online and distance learning
Study Mode: Part time
Duration: Weekly online tutorials over 15 weeks
Campus: Online Only
Start Date: January

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.


This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

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