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  • Objectives
    Possible awards include: -Postgraduate Certificate in Protecting Vulnerable Children -Postgraduate Diploma in Protecting Vulnerable Children (for social workers this leads also to recognition as having achieved the Higher Award in specialist social work) -MSc Protecting Vulnerable Children (for social workers this leads also to recognition by the GSCC as having achieved the Advanced Award in specialist social work). This inter-professional programme provides an in-depth understanding of both practice, policy research and theoretical frameworks for those working in this specialist area. It is designed to help professionals who have a key role to play in promoting and protecting the wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people. It will be particularly attractive to qualified and experienced social workers and leads to recognition within the revised post-qualifying framework for social worker education at the higher and advanced award level (subject to GSCC accreditation). It is based on the professional requirements laid down by the GSCC and the specialist occupational standards for working with children and young people, their families and carers. You will develop a critical understanding of both the needs of children and young people including 'additional' and 'complex' needs and approaches to inter-disciplinary and inter-agency practice to protect vulnerable children and help young people exercise leadership. You also develop leadership and changemanagement skills as well as learning to support, mentor and assess other practitioners.
  • Entry requirements
    Good Honours degree or equivalent and relevant professional experience. If you have lower qualifications but substantial relevant work experience you are also encouraged to apply. You will be asked to provide a written portfolio summarising your work history and showing how it relates to the aims of the course. All social work applicants must also have either have achieved the current post-qualifying award in social work or demonstrate equivalent experience at working at this level of practice and must be registered with GSCC.
  • Academic Title
    MSc Protecting Vulnerable Children
  • Course description
    Course structure
    You take four core modules, two options, and a triple-module project for the MSc.

    The core modules include:

    -Working Together to Safeguard Children
    -Social Research: Principles and Practice
    -Critical Practice
    -Children and Changing Families: Policies and Practice

    Optional modules include (choose two):

    -Sexual Exploitation of Children/Young People
    -Joint Investigation & Achieving Best Evidence

    Assessment
    Methods include seminar presentation, reports, essays, case studies, practice  assessment and dissertation.

    Career opportunities
    The course enables social workers to further their careers, through the GSCC recognised post qualification (higher/advanced specialist social work). It gives other professionals an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills and career opportunities.

    Attendance and duration
    Part-time (day & eve): two years. Standard attendance is a combination of day and evening modules. Some of the modules will be run as intensive short courses delivered as a 'block'.

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