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Professional Practice with Children & Young People

1 Year
September 2024
Campus Taught

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

Why study with us

  • 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.
  • The staff who deliver this course are recognised practitioners 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.

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, health and community work, and gives you the opportunity to focus your learning on your own areas of interest and expertise.

Module overview

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Year 1

Compulsory modules
  • SW4033: Safeguarding Children
  • SW4085: Theorising Childhood and Adolescence
  • SW4821: Ethical research with children and young people
  • SW4822: Transforming Practice with Children and Young People
  • SW4823: Dissertation/Project
Optional modules
  • SW4032: Childhood in Law and Welfare
  • SW4701: ASYE: Demonstrating Capability in Social Work Practice

SW4033: Safeguarding Children

This module will provide learning opportunities and development for you to acquire knowledge in practice and policy which safeguards children. You will acquire the tools to understand safeguarding children with diverse needs including those arising from domestic violence, disability and minority ethnic perspectives.

Course delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus, with some online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by October 2023.

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

Dr Zoe O'Riordan
Senior Lecturer
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Zoe teaches across child-related undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the School of Social Work Care and Community. Her teaching focuses on theories of childhood and inclusion, reflecting her research interests. Zoe's research to date has focused the transitional experi...

Dr Mary Drummond
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

With a particular expertise in Social Policy, Housing and Homelessness, Mary teaches across a range of subjects within the School.

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 will equip you to become an innovative, forward thinking professional who has the skills to bring about positive change in the lives of children and young people by improving standards and service delivery.

Fees and funding

Full-time£8,400 per year
Part-time£933 per 20 credits
Full-time£15,500 per year
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.

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

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