Contemporary Issues in Children's Safeguarding 2017-18

About the course

This specialist skills and post registration development short course is taught by a variety of experts in the field of safeguarding.

This course may assist you in developing the competences required to:

• View your service with a critical eye within a national context. Allowing you to evaluate your current service/organisation and develop more effective ways of working in order to meet the service user needs.

• Address issues of anti-discriminatory and empowering practice in work with children, their families and other carers.

• Gain a holistic focus on the child, through listening to the experiences of services users and carers.

During your studies you will be encouraged to:

• Critically analyse the different professional roles in child welfare and safeguarding work, the importance of working together and the factors which may prevent effective inter-professional co-operation.

• Critically evaluate the application of theoretical and research knowledge to child welfare and safeguarding practice and the development of children's services.

• Critically reflect on and analyse an aspect of children's services in relation to the Every Child Matters 5 outcomes (DfES 2003) for children and young people, working in partnership with children and young people, their families and carers; and services in a multi-agency service delivery context.

Start date:


12 weeks, part-time

15 Master's level credits


Entry requirements

You must:

•  Possess a (any subjects) degree or an equivalent qualification. If you not possess a degree but have relevant experience, you may be required to undertake preparatory work to demonstrate your ability to study at postgraduate level.

•  Have relevant recent experience of health, education or social care in the public, private or voluntary sectors.


SSPRD Admissions Team
Tel: 01484 472272

Places available:


(this number may be subject to change)

Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This short course may assist you to meet the specialist skills and post registration development requirements stipulated by your employer/professional regulator.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a series of lectures, workshops and seminars.Your studies will be supported by the University's virtual learning environment.

Assessment will include producing a poster and a written assignment.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.

Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

∗permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2017/18 fees and finance.

You may be eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. Detailed guidance on such funding arrangements is available in their funding guide. For further information please contact the SSPRD Admissions Team.

Other information

The University of Huddersfield operates an attendance monitoring system. Further details can be found in the Attendance Monitoring Policy.

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time online application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.

Please note, the closing date is 31 July 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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This specialist skills and post registration development short course can be studied on its own or as part of the Advanced Safeguarding MSc.

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