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Child Welfare and Protection MSc, PgD, PgC

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  • Objectives
    -Acquire and develop effective skills to innovate and advance practice using an evidence base. -Acquire and develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of, and critical awareness of concepts within health and social care. -Identify and work continually towards excellence as effective practitioners in their discipline areas. -Explore the social construction of childhood, adolescence and delinquency and develop a critical understanding of the concept of vulnerability. -Examine the wider legal, political and policy issues and structure surrounding children, youth and crime.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements A first degree in a related subject or equivalent professional experience and employment in, or access to, a healthcare setting.
  • Academic Title
    Child Welfare and Protection MSc, PgD, PgC
  • Course description
    This pathway sits within the MSc in Advancing Practice Programme and is relevant to practitioners from a variety of professional groups involved in the care of children and families. The pathway recruits students from a variety of clinical specialities including primary care, social care, midwifery and acute care; it is well supported by local health and social care teams and includes sessions from specialists, maintaining links with practice and an ability to reflect current trends in child welfare and protection. A range of specialist modules focusing on various aspects of welfare and protection is offered which recruit health professionals nationally and internationally, as modules can be taken as stand-alone options. Students may also choose to exit with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

    The prime purpose of the pathway is critically to explore knowledge and practice within the management of multi-professional dimensions and contemporary concepts within child welfare, child protection and the wider family. It also aims to develop advanced knowledge of the causes for abuse and violence within families and to examine critically social construction of violence and abuse, linking to policy and service delivery, as well as exploring the legal and ethical dilemmas associated with multi-agency and inter-professional working. This combination of subjects provides students with a unique opportunity to inform their work by drawing on specific relevant knowledge from a variety of related disciplines. The diversity of students’ professional experience further enhances the learning experience of participants and provides excellent networking opportunities. This programme supports the KSF agenda.

    Work placement

    Not applicable Careers

    This programme will enhance your career development by developing your skills, knowledge and understanding of the effects of abuse and violence, and of effective intervention strategies both with victims of abuse and perpetrators. It will enable you to develop assessment and risk management strategies within the contexts of the rights of parents and of children, and you will gain insights into the critical appraisal of current practice, policy and legal provisions, as well as proposals for development and change Teaching methods

    You will acquire the knowledge and develop the skills and insights required to meet these challenges by learning from specialist teaching staff, interaction with fellow students and from the panel of external lecturers all of whom have professional experience of their specialist area. The programme comprises 4 compulsory and 13 optional modules delivered at the University (also available as individual short courses).

    Programmes of study will be negotiated in advance.

    Credits in these modules may be accumulated for the award of a MSc or MSc Honours degree.

    Course content

    Year 1 - full details

    Core modules

    -Advancing Child Welfare and Protection
    -Advancing Practice Dissertation:Innovation and Primary Research

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