Taught course

Advanced Child Protection

University of Kent · School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree. In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path and these cases are assessed individually.

Months of entry


Course content

The Advanced Child Protection MA is a distance learning programme which runs on a part-time basis for two or more years. The programme is for experienced professionals and is fully accredited by the University of Kent.

The MA gives a 360-degree perspective on child protection, introducing you to the viewpoints of academics, practitioners, organisations, parents, children and young people, integrated with contemporary research theory and policy. The impact that technology has on protecting children as well as the effect of the globalisation of the abuse and exploitation of vulnerable children is considered throughout.

The MA has attracted national and international students, all with a variety of experience in child protection. This combination of the opportunity for a diverse pool of knowledge, and a desire to question and excel, has made the MA a success.

Teaching is based on guided study using an online learning environment (Moodle), videoed expert lectures, online seminars, 'serious games', acted and filmed role play, as well as web-based weekly forums.

During the programme you:

  • develop innovative techniques for professional training and support
  • translate and apply the latest research and knowledge to inform best practice
  • create diverse and flexible learning programmes
  • address gaps in post-qualification training provision and opportunities
  • facilitate safe and realistic environments in which child protection professionals can develop and enhance their skills and professional practice.

We also offer two modules by distance learning over a ten-week period:
• Direct Work with Children
• New Perspectives on Assessment.

The modules can be taken on their own or as a taster to Master's-level study. All the work is completed online where you participate in online forums and have access to journal articles and specialist materials. After successful completion of the assignment, the module is equivalent to 20 credits at Master’s level. For further information, see our website: www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/ccp

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages at: https://www.kent.ac.uk/ems/eng-lang-reqs/index.html Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding webpages for the most current information and application processes.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


part time
24 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (subject enquiries)
+44 (0)1227 823684