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Safeguarding in an International Context

1 Year
September 2022
Distance Learning

Our MSc Safeguarding in an International Context course explores the challenges of working across international borders to protect vulnerable children and adults.

This programme is only available as an online distance learning course, which provides high quality learning and teaching combined with flexible study.

Issues such as child abuse, cybercrime, human trafficking, modern slavery and smuggling are high on the global agenda. Protecting vulnerable children and adults from exploitation often involves working collaboratively across international borders with multiple agencies – from the police to the judiciary, customs and excise, and internet service providers.

The aim of this course is to help you become a safeguarding specialist who is socio-politically aware, adaptable and responsive in recognising international safeguarding issues. It’s an ideal professional development opportunity for any who’s involved in the protection of people in a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency working environment.

Why study with us

  • This course is delivered entirely through distance learning, so it’s accessible worldwide and you can study from home.
  • We offer a wide range of optional modules, so you can follow a path which is relevant to your area of employment or of personal interest to you.

What you'll do

  • You can choose to focus on areas such as international criminal law and security, human trafficking, investigating child abuse, safeguarding children and young people online, online sexual exploitation, and maritime law and security.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This is a distance learning course which is taught entirely online with no face-to-face teaching.


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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Future careers

After completing this course you’ll have developed the skills and knowledge needed to excel in a truly multi-agency, multi-disciplinary environment, working effectively across international borders.

This will open doors to a range of UK-based and worldwide careers in organisations involved in identifying criminal activity, tracking down offenders and protecting vulnerable children and adults.

Fees and Funding

Distance Full-time£7100 per year
Distance Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Distance Full-time£13500 per year
Distance Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Distance Full-time£13500 per year
Distance Full-time£7800 per year
Distance Part-time£867 per 20 credits
Distance Full-time£14500 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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


This course is based in the School of Community Health and Midwifery located in the Faculty of Health and Care

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