Taught course

Safeguarding to Permanence – Psychodynamic and Systemic Therapeutic Practice with Children in Complex Settings (M22)

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust · Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to: hold an appropriate professional qualification relevant to your chosen career; have at least two years' practice experience since qualification, preferably more; hold a first degree, degree equivalent or evidence of other relevant post-registration education/experience; be in a full-time or part-time post (paid or voluntary), in which you have substantial experience of working with children and/or families experiencing difficulties, be they behavioural, emotional or psychological (this may include managing, teaching or supervising staff). You will normally need to complete successfully the Postgraduate Certificate in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Well-Being: Multidisciplinary Practice and pass a personal interview to gain a place.

Months of entry


Course content

This unique course offers an integrated multi-modal (psychodynamic and systemic) therapeutic framework for practice in this field of work, with opportunities to learn from supervised clinical placements within the clinic.

This course is designed to enhance the therapeutic practice of all those with responsibilities for the safeguarding, child protection and care of looked after and adopted children. It will develop your therapeutic skills and enable you to have a better understanding of the complexities of these children, young people and their families as well as equip you to manage the complex roles and organisations you will be involved in. To do this, the course is truly multidisciplinary in its student make-up and makes explicit use of this in its learning and teaching strategies.

This course is for those working professionally with children, young people and families, who want to expand and develop both their knowledge and therapeutic practice capabilities in their work. You are likely to be a practicioner engaged in safeguarding, child protection, looked after children, fostering, adoption or other work in a complex childcare setting. This includes:

  • social workers;
  • nurses;
  • teachers;
  • those without a professional qualification working in this challenging arena;
  • other practitioners from health, social care and education backgrounds;
  • practitioners from the growing private, independent and voluntary sector;
  • foster carers;
  • police officers with specific child protection and safeguarding roles;
  • other professionals working with vulnerable children.

Join us at a course specific Open Evening on the 16th May 2016 from 6.00pm- 8.00pm. To register your place, please complete our online booking form.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see information on fees and funding for Tavistock and Portman students on our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Katie Oliver
+44 (0)20 8938 2213 / 2214