Taught course

Safeguarding Children

University of Central Lancashire · School of Social Work, Care and Community

Entry requirements

The guiding principle governing recruitment to this programme will be our perception of applicants' ability to benefit from the course. There is a standard benchmark requirement of a first degree in a relevant subject or area, but non-standard entrants are encouraged. In appropriate cases, accredited prior learning and/or professional experience may be substituted for a first degree in line with current academic regulations. Typically this will be where applicants hold a professional qualification that can be accredited as relevant prior learning (APL).

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

Child health and social care has received considerable support under the government's modernising agenda leading to an increase in child care provision, employment opportunities and a growing evidence and academic knowledge base. The school has been active in developments in child care practice and research and has developed a strong child care research group which has contributed to our success in establishing a research profile of national/international significance. Against this background we aim to provide relevant, up-to-date and accessible courses in child care at postgraduate level including the Postgraduate Certificate in Safeguarding, the Diploma and MA in Child Health and Social Care and PhD opportunities.

The course takes an evidence based, applied approach to the examination of the legislative and policy frameworks for current practice and current research, policy and practice concerning children's safety and protection. Specific topics include: the ways in which relevant legislation and guidance including the Children Acts, 1989 & 2004, Every Child Matters and the Human Rights Act are currently being applied and the part law plays in constructing appropriate roles for children; conventional theories of childhood and child development; ideas and evidence about child care outcomes; children's participation in service development; decision-making and risk assessment and management; inter-professional working and integrated services; cultural competence.

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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