Taught course

Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding

Bucks New University · Bucks New University

Entry requirements

A typical offer will include a 2nd class honours in a relevant degree. Alternatively, candidates with professional qualifications and directly relevant work experience may be considered. For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit bucks.ac.uk/international

Months of entry


Course content

This course is of interest to anyone currently practising (or aspiring to practise)
safeguarding (both children and/or adults) in local government, social services, police service, NHS, and voluntary and NGO organisations wishing to broaden their areas of expertise and those interested in developing a career in safeguarding practice. Particular job roles might include policy developer, researcher, team leader, programme manager, or unit manager. These roles will undoubtedly focus on working with cases of both extreme and/or entrenched (or multi-generational) abuse and neglect.

With some of the recent developments and changes in the field of safeguarding, from the introduction of the SOVA (Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults), and the impact of such high-profile cases as Victoria Climbié and Baby Peter, there is a need to enhance the practice of the professionals working with vulnerable service users.

This safeguarding and protection masters draws upon critical, liberal, feminist and human rights perspectives, while being firmly rooted in practice elements within the sector. Throughout the programme there will be an emphasis on work-based projects connected to students place of employment (or purported/desired place of employment). The students will be encouraged to develop an ecological understanding of social behaviour and experience, which focuses less on individual factors than other perspectives and, instead, draws attention to the social causes of abuse and identification of risk indicators.

The programme is informed by the areas of expertise of the lecturing staff in the social work, policing and community health teams and covers a range of optional areas of study including disability, victimisation, health etc. The dissertation element of the programme may take the form of a work-based project which will permit the students to actively combine a critical theoretical analysis with reflexive project work.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Recruitment & Admissions
0330 123 2023