Advanced Practice (Child Protection)

Whether your background is in nursing, social work, the police, education or the voluntary sector, this part-time distance learning course provides the opportunity to develop a contemporary and in-depth understanding of child protection for practise at an advanced level, and to gain evidence recognised by employers of postgraduate study in this subject.

You will explore up-to-date research, critically appraise taken-for-granted concepts, and examine key processes and systems involved in child protection. By the end of the course you will be equipped with the knowledge to work effectively and humanely with complex situations, and have developed a critical understanding of day-to-day practice and the policy and legislative context in which child protection services are delivered. 

What You'll Study

Child Protection in Context
This takes a global and historical perspective of children and child abuse and recognises the need to deconstruct familiar concepts in order to make sense of current practice in protecting children and young people.

Child Protection: Risk to Reality 
Examines the whole process of risk assessment from the gathering of information to the making of recommendations, including multi-agency working, the use of assessment frameworks, evidencing the impact of abuse and evaluating interventions.

Safeguarding within a Public Protection Agenda  
this takes a lifespan perspective to explore child protection within the context of a wider public protection agenda that seeks to respond to growing societal concern about harm to vulnerable people at a time of economic austerity.

How you'll study

The course is online and can be studied at a time and place that suits you. It is delivered by lecturers experienced in child protection practice. We’ll keep in close contact with you and you will always be able to contact members of the module team for guidance and support throughout your studies. 

You will have the opportunity to share and discuss your experience and learning with other students from a range of professional backgrounds and geographical locations. This will be via online discussion forums, two online tutorials and an optional face to face study day offered usually mid-way through each module.  You’ll also have access to Library facilities and a range of other University support services during your studies.  

Studying one-module per trimester as a part-time student, you can choose to complete three modules and graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate or continue your studies (perhaps building upon credit achieved elsewhere) to complete a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc. An MSc would further develop your leadership and decision-making skills, placing you in a strong position for advancing your career. With part-time study you can achieve an MSc in three years.

You will be assessed through academic writing including essays and reports, exams and assessments in clinical placements.

We work closely with local healthcare providers to organise placements, allowing you to put theory into practice, and you'll get to prepare in advance in our exceptional simulated clinical environments.

If you are interesting in volunteering and mobility opportunities there is a long summer holiday in Year 2 to allow volunteering, mobility placements outwith Lothian and Boarders, or with international organisations in Year 3.

  • Subject-specific funding may be available.
For further information please contact Lindsey Robb, Lecturer in Child Protection,

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