Taught course

Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding

Bucks New University · Bucks New University

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Entry requirements

We usually expect candidates to have a second-class honours degree in a related field or discipline. We also consider candidates with professional qualifications and directly relevant work experience. Because this isn't a practice-based course, you don't have to be currently working with vulnerable people to be accepted as a student.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding is now more relevant than ever, with recent changes in safeguarding legislation (i.e. the Care Act 2014), and the impact of high-profile enquiries, such as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham and Child Sexual Abuse. Offered on a full-time or part-time basis, it's ideal for professionals who want to improve their knowledge and practice when working with vulnerable people.

This unique, multi-disciplinary programme attracts working professionals in a range of areas and roles. Our postgraduate students include social workers, nurses and midwives, early years professionals, police officers, and doctors who want to become experts in safeguarding.

The course also appeals to analytical people who enjoy problem solving and want to add to research in this vital area. We attract graduates from a range of disciplines including sociology, psychology and education. Your peers will help you develop a greater understanding of the challenges faced by the safeguarding system.

What will this course cover?

Our teaching staff are experienced professionals and lead research in areas such as healthcare, social care, education and policing. As such, their teaching is wide-ranging and informed by best practice.

You can expect to:

  • learn how to facilitate positive change and best practice in safeguarding
  • learn the policy, research and practice settings for safeguarding work
  • understand social behaviour and experience
  • understand the social causes of abuse
  • learn to identify risk indicators
  • understand how to a be a socially responsible social scientist
  • develop critical analysis skills.

The dissertation element of the programme may take the form of a work-based project, which will allow you to actively combine a critical theoretical analysis with reflective project work. This can also be an extended review of the literature on a particular topic.

You can choose to study our MSc Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding either full-time or part-time.

Leading research

Our teaching team are leaders in their fields. They come from different professional backgrounds and are actively involved in research. At Bucks we have a strong reputation for conducting safeguarding research, evaluation and consultancy to a range of organisations and government bodies. Because of the multi- disciplinary nature of the teaching staff, you will finish the course with a strong understanding and wide- ranging knowledge of safeguarding.

We are currently the only university offering a MSc in safeguarding exploring both children and adult content, which gives you a broader basis for your research and future career path. We use current best evidence to inform your decision making, whether in policy or practice.

Some projects undertaken or led by our team are:

  • Service Improvement and Research Evaluation Project (SIREP)
  • Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Social Work Academy
  • Out of Hospital Workforce across Thames Valley
  • High Risk, Harder to Reach Young People - an evaluation of the protocol
  • BME children subject to a child protection plan or who are looked after (2006-2010).

Meet future employers

Bucks' Service Improvement Research and Evaluation Project (SIREP) enables our postgraduates to network with health and social care providers, who can help you develop your research topic in 'live' health or social care situations. By taking part in SIREP, you can meet and work with potential employers, as you talk to them about solutions to their organisational needs.

Flexible learning

Bucks offers flexible study spread over one or two years, allowing you to study full-time or part-time alongside employment. Whether you're training to build your skills in your current role or change your career path, this course ensures you can immediately apply your increased knowledge in a professional setting.

As well as support from your lecturers, who are experts in their field, you will also benefit from a range of guest speakers who provide specialised workshops that add to your knowledge. Their expertise and real world experience will inspire and emphasise how your qualification can be used to benefit others.


You can take this course full-time or part-time. The part-time route is completed in 2 years, and the full-time route in 12 months. Part-time students will need to allow at least 10 hours a week for study outside of class, and 18 hours if you're studying full-time. The majority of classes are offered during one weekday afternoon and evening.

Information for international students

For further suppport and advice please visit our International student support section on our website

Fees and funding

If you have any questions regarding fees, please email the Enquiries Team or call 0330 123 2023.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
0330 123 2023