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Professional Practice with Children & Young People

1 year
September 2024

Our MA Professional Practice with Children and Young People course offers an ideal development opportunity for graduates and current practitioners.

Why study with us

  • The staff who deliver this course are recognised practitioners, knowledge exchange leads and academics in their fields. The team includes staff who regularly publish for leading journals in social work, health, education, children’s rights and sociology.
  • You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of current research, policies and contemporary debates surrounding practice in children and young people’s services.
  • You’ll get the opportunity to critically reflect on your own practice and bring about positive change in the delivery of services to children and young people.

What you'll do

  • You’ll develop and enhance your leadership and decision-making skills so that you have the confidence to resolve complex safeguarding situations involving children and young people.
  • We’ll equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to undertake independent research in this field.
  • The course covers the full breadth of children’s services, including early years, education, social work, social care and health and community work. It gives you the opportunity to focus your learning on your own areas of interest and expertise.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Fiona Routh
Dr Zoe O'Riordan
Senior Lecturer
Dr Deborah Crook
Research Fellow
Dr Donna Thomas
Co-Director ICreateS International Research Unit

Industry links

We have strong links with voluntary and statutory sector providers for children and young people in social work, education and health.

This course is also part of the European Network Of Masters in Children’s Rights. Through this, there are opportunities to engage with international networks.

Future careers

This course improves future career prospects for both recent graduates and current practitioners. You'll become an innovative, forward-thinking professional who brings about positive change in the lives of children and young people.

This course has helped learners already in employment to challenge and change practice. Our students have gone on to progress their careers and work in a variety of areas, such as:

  • Safeguarding children and young people
  • Participation and advocacy work
  • Management progression
  • HE Lecturing

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,000 per year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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