Applicants for this postgraduate course must have an honours degree or equivalent experience, plus fluent writing skills.
On occasion, applicants may, in addition, be asked to submit evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level. Evidence requested may include a comprehensive portfolio of relevant prior work experience or a reflection in essay format of 1,500 words on previous work undertaken.
The nature of this course and its emphasis on interprofessional training means that students from a range of backgrounds will be accepted on the course.
Months of entry
The Postgraduate Certificate in Child Protection Practice is an exciting and innovative new distance learning course which ran for the first time from September 2016.
The aim of the course is to challenge and extend the knowledge base, skills and attitudes of those working in the multi-professional field of child protection and safeguarding. It has been developed to meet the demands of a changing landscape of child protection and safeguarding practice both within the UK, and internationally.
Over one year, students will take three 20 credit modules:
Risk and the Protection of Children;
Vulnerable Children and Young People;
Child Protection Practice.
The course will focus in particular on developing students? ability to approach to the evidence base for working with children, young people and their families in a critical way, supporting them to identify social interventions that are rooted in the evidence base, and to confidently evaluate theory, policy and practice in this field.
The course aims to:
- Challenge and extend the knowledge base, skills and attitudes of those working in the multi-professional field of child protection and safeguarding.
- Enable students to explore the evidence base for working with children, young people and their families, to identify social interventions that are rooted in the evidence base, and to critically evaluate theory, policy and practice in this field.
To complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Child Protection Practice you will undertake three 20 credit Level 7 modules:
Risk and the Protection of Children
This single module critically examines contemporary childhood from an international perspective including children's rights, child welfare and wellbeing, and children's experiences of harm in society. The module looks at the current evidence on the signs and symptoms of child maltreatment, including incidence and prevalence rates and the risk factors associated with child abuse and neglect. Child protection prevention strategies, interventions and responses to child maltreatment are debated in relation to social and cultural contexts.
Vulnerable Children and Young People
Adopting a risk and resiliency framework, this single module will seek to explore children and young people caught in situations of vulnerability and challenge. These may be situations which they, their parents and their communities have little experience of, and few mechanisms for coping with (children in conflicted families, children as carers, children in war zones, children in modern society, children in cultural crossfire, children with challenges, children who are exploited).
Child Protection Practice
The module seeks to develop the knowledge and skills of a wide range of practitioners in the policy and practice of safeguarding children and young people. Students will explore policy frameworks, agency contexts and models of intervention in child protection and will draw upon their own professional practice as key tool for learning. There will be a particular focus on providing a leading role in multi-professional child protection practice settings.
Information for international students
If your first language is not English, you will need one of: IELTS: level 6.5 overall (with 6 in written English); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: grade A or B GCSE English Language: grade A or B; Oxford Brookes University English Language Entrance Level 4 - pass.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Programme Administrator
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