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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. Read more
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. The opportunity to access this diverse pool of knowledge, within an environment that allows you to question and excel, has made the Advanced Child Protection MA a success.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/326/advanced-child-protection

About the Centre for Child Protection

The Centre for Child Protection is part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) and is the first centre of its kind in Europe. Combining research with distance learning programmes and a range of innovative serious training games, the Centre for Child Protection is leading the way in building knowledge and training opportunities for professionals working in this area.

The Centre is led and informed by a team of experts in the field of child protection. With many years of experience in both research and practice, we are committed to improving the provision of continued professional development to enhance the skills of those involved in child protection.

The Centre’s range of serious game simulations provide research-based case studies and opportunities to explore the complex dynamics involved in making professional assessments and decisions in these contexts.

The University was presented with the 2016 Guardian University Award (http://www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/ccp/news/news-summary.html?view=2805) for digital innovation in recognition of the ground-breaking 'Lottie' project, which provides an interactive simulation tool to help children become more aware of the dangers of sexual grooming.

Course structure

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.

The Centre for Child Protection is a leader in developing and disseminating interactive simulations dealing with a range of child protection issues.

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 a variety of 10 week online distance learning standalone MA modules. Visit the Centre's pages for more information.

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 the Centre for Child Protection website (http://www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/ccp).

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

SO926 - Understanding Social Research (20 credits)
SO927 - Definitions, Prevalance, Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse and Neg (20 credits)
SO928 - Contemporary Child Protection Practice and Policies (20 credits)
SO931 - The 'Unconscious at Work': The OrganizationalDimensions of Risk-Managem (20 credits)

Assessment

A range of assessment methods ensure that theory and research relate to contemporary professional practice.

Programme aims

Our aims are to provide students with:

- detailed knowledge of child protection and safeguarding research, practice and policy from a variety of inter-professional perspectives

- the knowledge to understand, respect and reflect on the roles of all professionals involved in child protection and to explore methods of communication between agencies

- advanced knowledge of contemporary child protection practice in the UK and globally

- the ability, through the use of innovative techniques, to explore the potential complexities and risk involved in child protection assessment and to explore different methods of working

- the opportunity to visit and revisit complex child protection scenarios, through the use of serious games, case studies, research, forum discussions and acted, filmed role plays, and the ability to apply knowledge from Serious Case Reviews to promote best practice

- with opportunities to critically evaluate support, help and current intervention strategies in child protection

- the ability to reflect on your own practice and situations that promote ‘hot cognitions’ in child protection and to explore how to react in an emotionally intelligent way

- to critically evaluate research and theoretical perspectives in key areas of child protection work

- the ability to work in a manner which respects diversity and equality.

Careers

Our Master’s and stand-alone modules give you the opportunity to further your career and expertise in child protection. As well as benefiting from Kent’s academic excellence, you gain insight into multi-agency relationships and responsibilities. The Centre attracts students from across social work, health, education, probation and the third sector, and widens your potential learning experience. The distance learning delivery of the Master’s programme enables you to fit learning around your life and work commitments and you have the chance to apply your knowledge as you progress. Each cohort contains a unique mix of experiences and professions, providing a valuable opportunity for information exchange and networking.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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This online programme in Advanced Child Protection Studies is designed to develop students’ specialist knowledge within the field of child protection. Read more

About our programme

This online programme in Advanced Child Protection Studies is designed to develop students’ specialist knowledge within the field of child protection. It will interest those who are currently employed, involved, or interested in the field, whether in a leadership, practice, or support role.

It is taught by experienced practitioners and experts in the field and provides students with the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest.

There are four 30-credit modules over two years (see modules below) and a dissertation in year three to achieve the MSc.

This programme aims to equip students with advanced knowledge that will enable them to work effectively in the field of child protection, whether this is in the area of practice, management, research, or service development. The programme aims to facilitate the development of higher-level critical analysis skills, and to develop students’ capacity for knowledge-informed practice and more original thinking in relation to the complex issues that arise in the contested field of child protection.

The programme is designed to appeal to the experienced professionals already engaged in this area of activity – for example in social work, policing, law, education, nursing and health. However, those with an academic interest in the area (for example social policy, law or criminology graduates) are also encouraged to apply, subject to being able to satisfy the requirements of the various modules.

More specifically, the programme aims to help students develop:

• a theoretical and practical understanding of the complexities of child protection practice, including interagency working
• a critical awareness of the familial, social, cultural and political contexts in which child protection practice is located - both nationally and internationally
• a critical perspective in the assessment and evaluation of research, law, policy and practice relevant to child protection work
• skills in promoting more effective responses to child protection concerns at both front line practice and strategic levels

The programme emphasises the relevance of systems thinking and emotional processes, and includes attention to international perspectives and extra-familial as well as intra-familial child protection issues. Additionally, the programme gives the opportunity to look at some of the critical debates in this area of work (for example, the tensions between medical and social models of child protection, the relationship between non-consensual adoption and child protection, and family preservation orientations in the context of child protection).

Modules

Our modules are structured to provide easily accessible learning resources, tasks, and assessments that engage you in flexible and streamlined learning. Support is provided throughout the programme directly by the tutor in group and individual sessions. Furthermore, some activities are organised to encourage peer support and develop peer learning within the cohort to enhance the learning experience.

• Law, Policy and Inter-agency Working (30 credits)
• Risk, Analysis and Decision Making (30 credits)
• Help, Advice and Direct Work (30 credits)
• Organizations, Systems and Leadership (30 credits)

Online and distance learning

Above all else, we aim to provide a fulfilling, stimulating, and supportive learning experience. Online and distance learning programmes are well suited to those with busy personal and work lives, and we believe that online technologies have now reached the point where it’s possible to deliver an online child protection programme that surpasses on-campus courses.
A variety of learning and teaching methods are used throughout, including:

Online learning: our online learning environment is powerful, reliable and refreshingly easy to use, enabling you to access all information and materials at any time on any device
Video lectures: experts in the field provide short videos on specific topics to develop analytical and critical thinking
Interactive learning tasks: learning is organised and integrated into the teaching topic, actively engaging students in the learning exercises
Work-centred learning: learning is integrated into real-time child protection practice to compliment and tailor your workplace and personal interests in specialist areas
Social interaction: online and face to face interaction is provided through discussion forums, learning sets and one-to-one tutorials, ensuring you feel connected and supported
The technology we use is simple to use and provides students with convenient access to all programme materials and connects them with the tutors and other students. And as importantly, this can all be accessed from wherever the student is, on whatever device they want to use.

A tailored programme

Our programme allows you to focus on those areas of child protection that are of interest, enabling students to specialise. The learning tasks as designed to be relevant to real-life child protection work and some learning tasks are integrated into real-time practice, providing a streamlined learning approach to developing specialist knowledge.

The taught modules enable you to develop skills in three key areas:

• Reviewing and using the research evidence
• Understanding the dynamics that occur within child protection work
• Developing evidence informed ideas on how to improve practice and services

The workload is broken down into units carefully designed with the busy professional in mind and we ensure you are supported throughout. Similarly, the assessments are structured to avoid having to submit lengthy essays.
The programme includes contributions from leading researchers and commentators in the field.

If you would like further information about these requirements please contact Mark Chesterman or Matthew Gibson.

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For qualified practitioners currently working in child protection, this course gives you the opportunity to take the next step to an advanced career role. Read more
For qualified practitioners currently working in child protection, this course gives you the opportunity to take the next step to an advanced career role.

Whether your background is in nursing, health visiting, police, education, the voluntary sector or you have other relevant professional experience, this course will give you the in-depth understanding and theoretical knowledge and skills you need to practice at an advanced level in child protection.

You’ll also develop the ability to critically appraise relevant health and social policy and to address ethical and professional issues.
Through these processes, you’ll be better equipped to appreciate the significance of societal responses to children and young people, and the circumstances that may endanger their welfare. The course will help you to evaluate the effectiveness of legislation, policies and procedures, and all measures designed to regulate child protection practice in a multi-agency environment, whether locally, nationally or internationally.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Advanced-Practice-in-Child-Protection-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

What you'll learn

As a practitioner in the public domain of health and social care services, you are expected to be innovative, provide leadership and make an advanced contribution in your professional role. This course will enable you to do just that in your specialised area of practise.

You'll have the opportunity to develop skills in decision making, risk assessment, case management and supervision. You’ll also be given the tools to develop critical thinking skills, knowledge and application of research methods, and efficient approaches to time management, prioritisation and workload planning.

You will learn how to apply and analyse effective child protection practices using an evidence based approach, which will better equip you to facilitate effective practice within your organisation. The course will also enable you to apply your knowledge and skills to achieve advanced levels of practice and influence decision making at both local and strategic levels.

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care is one of the largest in Scotland. We offer a supportive environment to encourage your personal and professional development. Based over three years, the course is conducted as a blended learning process, involving a combination of online study, independent study, and lectures, tutorials and workshops depending upon the particular module choices you make.

What you study

Year 1:
- Child Protection in Context
- Child Protection: Risk to Reality
- One option module

Year 2:
- Safeguarding within a Public Protection Agenda
- Research Methods
- One option module

Year 3:
- Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

This award demonstrates your advanced level of study and understanding in child protection, providing you with the skills needed for a specialist post in child protection in a variety of strategic positions or move to a research-based role.

School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care of Nursing

The School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care of Nursing prepares its students for rewarding careers that enrich the practical world and help further nursing research.

The School is the only institution in Scotland to provide all fields of nursing practice and midwifery pre-registration programmes.

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care is one of the largest providers of nursing and midwifery education in Scotland and a significant provider in the UK. Uniquely in Scotland, the School offers midwifery and all four fields of practice in nursing: adult, child health, mental health and learning disabilities.

The School also offers taught postgraduate courses in Advanced Practice, including non-medical prescribing, and other flexible routes to Masters level study and CPD.

The number of taught post-graduate students (both within the UK and international) is growing, as are the number of post-graduate research students. The School has a strong transnational education portfolio, with a number of successful programmes in countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong.

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This course is designed to improve your understanding of safeguarding and the complexities of working in this challenging field. This course draws upon critical, liberal, feminist and human rights perspectives, while being firmly rooted in practice elements within the sector. Read more
This course is designed to improve your understanding of safeguarding and the complexities of working in this challenging field.

This course draws upon critical, liberal, feminist and human rights perspectives, while being firmly rooted in practice elements within the sector. Throughout the programme there will be an emphasis on work-based projects connected to your place of employment (or purported/desired place of employment).

You will be encouraged to develop an ecological understanding of social behaviour and experience, which focuses less on individual factors than other perspectives and, instead, draws attention to the social causes of abuse and identification of risk indicators.

Content is influenced by the areas of expertise of the lecturing staff in the social work, policing and community health teams and covers a range of optional areas of study including disability, victimisation and health.


Course content
Stage one (PGCert)
• Comparative Safeguarding Studies
• Critical Practice in Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding.

Stage two (PGDip)

Core Modules
• Research Methods

Optional modules (one from the following)

• Understanding Violence and Victims
• Understanding the Changing World
• Disability, Citizenship and Society
• Psychosocial Perspectives on Health
• Perspectives of Childhood
• Contemporary Issues in Childhood
• Challenges in childhood
• Public Policy
• Governance in Public Service
• Leading Teams in Multi-agency Settings
• Individuals and Communities.

Stage three (MSc) – one from the following
• Empirical Dissertation
• Problem-based Dissertation
• Publishable Dissertation.

This programme is designed to be flexible, with blended-learning methods being used on some of the modules.

For Fee information see our course page below.

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Recognising the increasingly high-profile nature of child protection issues requiring an integrated multi-agency service response, this programme has been specially designed for practitioners working in health, police, social work, education and voluntary third sector settings. Read more
Recognising the increasingly high-profile nature of child protection issues requiring an integrated multi-agency service response, this programme has been specially designed for practitioners working in health, police, social work, education and voluntary third sector settings.

About the programme

Protecting our children is at the very heart of society and the individuals and teams who carry out these rewarding and challenging roles make a vital contribution to the safety and well-being of present and future generations. This programme will enhance your existing skills in this sector and prepare you for a more senior specialist career.

This programme has been developed in the context of contemporary policy and practice developments relating to children’s protection and well-being in Scotland. You will have the opportunity to critically explore theoretical frameworks, research, and practice
issues across professional and disciplinary boundaries in a multiagency practice environment. You will also develop a child-centred perspective in addressing the protection of children and young people. The programme is delivered on a part-time basis over one year, and adopts a blended learning approach, utilising online learning supported by twelve study days at the University’s Paisley or Lanarkshire campuses.

Your learning

The course consists of three modules:
• Child Protection in Context
• Protecting Children
• Child Protection Practice

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates will be equipped to take on specialist child protection roles or be promoted to senior child protection roles within their agencies such as nurse consultant, social work team manager, child protection lead officer or child protection advisor. Graduates could continue their studies towards obtaining the MSc Vulnerability or MSc Health Studies.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

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This Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice is the professional qualification for nurses who wish to gain entry to part three of the NMC nursing register as a health visitor or school nurse. Read more
This Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice is the professional qualification for nurses who wish to gain entry to part three of the NMC nursing register as a health visitor or school nurse. Places on this programme are sponsored centrally through service commissioners and in partnership with health visiting and school nursing service providers.

Key benefits:

- Completion of clinically-focused evidence-based core modules
- Access to teachers who are active researchers in health visiting and school nursing
- Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/advanced-practice-nursing-pg-dip.aspx

Course detail

- Description

You will undertake core modules in leadership in public health, evidence-based practice, healthcare research, child protection, specialist practice and for health visiting students, nurse prescribing. School nursing students may choose a clinically focussed option after discussion with the pathway leader. Students progressing to the MSc undertake a substantial project relevant to their own area of practice.

- Course purpose

These pathways are designed to furnish qualified nurses with the evidence to demonstrate eligibility to register their specialist practitioner status with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). They may also suit registered practitioners who are supporting autonomous practice, supporting educational and practice development or exercising clinical leadership and who seek further educational opportunities to further this.

- Course format and assessment

The programme begins in mid-September. Assessment is predominantly by coursework but at least one module is assessed by examination. Most modules have a single assessment and in addition students write up a project that analyses the research base or policy in an area of their choice.

Core modules:

- Leadership in Public Health Nursing
- Evidence Based Decision Making in Healthcare
- Measurement and Evaluation for Healthcare Practice
- Child Protection: Assessment and Intervention
- SCPHN Professional Portfolio
- Prescribing module (Health Visiting route)
- An appropriate option module (School Nursing route)

Career prospects

Possible options include: professional supervisor; public health specialist; consultant school nurse.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/index.aspx

Why study at King's:

• Internationally renowned clinicians and academics
• Largest provider of healthcare professional training in Europe
• Links with industry, health services and policy makers
• Clinical attachment with the best teaching hospitals as part of King’s Health Partners http://www.kingshealthpartners.org
• Integrated inter-professional learning throughout the courses
• Our graduates are highly sought after nationally and internationally
• Opportunities to study with nurses, midwives and other health professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms
• King’s College London is ranked equal 19th university in the world (2015 QS World University Rankings)
• World's first professional nursing & midwifery education centre
• Top Nursing & Midwifery Faculty in the UK and 6th in the world (2016 QS World University Rankings)
• Located in the heart of London.

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In contemporary society, ideas of family, parenthood and healthcare are changing and this course looks at those changes in a holistic socio-legal context. Read more
In contemporary society, ideas of family, parenthood and healthcare are changing and this course looks at those changes in a holistic socio-legal context. The taught content incudes the changing ideas of family, child protection and health care, regulation of procreation, elder law, capacity and the complex human rights issues that this changing society and scientific advances raise. This award is being offered as a blended learning course with a combination of face to face learning as well as online support via our virtual learning environment.

This award is particularly suited to graduates working within, or intending to work, within the family law and services sector, including overseas practitioners now based in the UK, mediators and arbitrators. It will also be of benefit to health service personnel and those in the charity and voluntary sector amongst others who need specialist legal knowledge and understanding.

Course content

Students may complete the required credits from any combination of modules available within the programme. The 15 credit single module Legal Research Methodology is a compulsory core module for all MAs running in the Law School. The 15 credit options include:
-Human rights and the changing family
-Elder law and decision making at the end of life
-Child protection with a focus on healthcare
-Regulation of procreation
-Capacity consent and disability
-Individual project

Assessment

Assessment will involve a variety of methods to suit all learning styles including 3000 word critical essays, poster presentations or discussion board contribution. The remaining credits will be awarded for a final 15,000 word dissertation on a subject of the student's choice.

Please note: not all modules will be offered in any single academic year, however, every efford will be made to ensure that student's wishes are accommodated.

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The MSc Advanced Practice provides high quality training that enables you to critically evaluate theory and utilise research findings in relation to advanced practice and leadership. Read more
The MSc Advanced Practice provides high quality training that enables you to critically evaluate theory and utilise research findings in relation to advanced practice and leadership.

The course is delivered via a part-time, modular approach which offers flexibility to suit the needs of social workers wishing to continue their professional development. It provides professionally and academically rigorous postgraduate training for experienced workers in social care and health services, and will lead to academic and professional qualifications at Masters and Advanced levels. There are two pathways leading to the qualification: Children & Families and Leadership & Management.

This course will build upon the long-standing partnerships that the Department of Social Work has with employer agencies and service user groups.

Students are able to exit at different stages through the course. Those who successfully complete stage one can achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, and those also completing stage two can achieve a Postgraduate Diploma (with Higher Specialist Award in Social Work). Completion of three stages will lead to the award of MSc.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/socialwork/coursefinder/mscadvancedpractice.aspx

Why choose this course?

The Department of Social Work at Royal Holloway has run successful post graduate and post qualifying courses for many years. Below is some recent feedback from students and external examiners on our courses:

- “There is real evidence through the assignments that students are given excellent teaching input and guidance on reading which is relevant to the contemporary professional workplace.”

- “Each aspect of the programme has enabled me to explore my practice, gain knowledge and develop my skills. Having lectures relating to a range of different client groups and areas of work has given me the opportunity to place my work in a broader, more informed context.”

- “The programme has opened up new challenges for me in terms of application of research into practice, using theories and the need to be a reflective practitioner, and I owe it to the service users to maintain personal and professional development and improvement in social work services.”

- “The teaching is of a high standard and lectures are interactive with opportunities for small group activity.”

- “Staff are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and professional.”

Department research and industry highlights

Since its inception, the Department has developed a reputation for delivering high quality research across a range of areas by engaging with matters of public concern. In the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 45% of the department’s quality profile was ranked 3-4*. Some current research projects and interests of staff in the department are:
- Child protection responses to forced marriage
- Black men and mental health
- Practitioners use of discretion and knowledge in social work
- Cultural competence in social work education
- Decision-making in child care social work

Course content and structure

You will study 6 course units, combining both compulsory and optional units. Subject specific experts will deliver lectures, seminars, and individual tutorials. In addition, Academic Tutors will guide you throughout the course.

Stage 1 course units:
- Value and Ethics for Advanced Practitioners, Leaders and Managers
- Work-based learning: Advanced Practive and Leadership or Risk and Decision-Making
- 1 Optional course unit

Stage 2 course units:
- Risk and Decision-Making or Work-based learning: Advanced Practice and Leadership
- Inter-professional working: Power, Identity and Organisational Culture
- 1 Optional course units

Stage 3 course units:
- Research Methods and Dissertation
- Optional course units:
- Advanced practice in public law family court proceedings
- Advanced practice in child protection and family support
- Work with children with sexually harmful behaviours (run in partnership with NSPCC)
- Development and assessment of professional practice (including stage 2 of the practice educator framework)
- Supervision of professional practice

On completion of the course graduates will have:
- Developed their ability to critically evaluate theory and utilise research findings in relation to advanced practice and leadership.

- Enhanced their skills and ability to provide ethically-sound and effective practice and leadership within an anti-oppressive practice framework.

- Undertake independent, critical analysis and thinking, and enhanced professional development through reflective learning and practitioner-led research.

Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used and they include essays, case study analysis, oral presentations, direct observation and use of video material, reflective commentaries , practice evidence, and for the Masters award a 15,000 word dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

A postgraduate learning experience of this kind will assist students in thinking more deeply and critically about their work and setting and about the roles they take within it. This programme will provide knowledge and skills that are transferable to a wide variety of employment opportunities in advanced practice, leadership and management in social care and health services.

This course also provides a firm foundation for further postgraduate study and research,

The Department of Social Work runs in collaboration with St Georges and Kingston University, a Doctorate in Professional Studies (Health and Social Care Practice) which students who wish to pursue further study could participate in. In addition The Department offers the standard PhD option.

How to apply

Candidates will normally be nominated to the programme by their agency Training Manager and complete the required application form. Self-funding candidates must have employer permission for the practice elements of the programme.

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Aimed at qualified professionals, this course gives you the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge to an advanced level and expand your career in midwifery. Read more
Aimed at qualified professionals, this course gives you the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge to an advanced level and expand your career in midwifery.

Similar to our MSc Advanced Practice and Applied Education course, this route allows you to apply advanced practice and applied education to the specialisation of midwifery.

Through your choice of midwifery-focused modules, you’ll gain an in depth understanding of the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to practice at an advanced level, as well as the ability to critically appraise relevant health and social policy and address ethical and professional issues.

As a graduate, you'll enjoy increased employment opportunities in the midwifery profession.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MScPGDipPGCert-Advanced-Practice-in-Midwifery-and-Applied-Education--FullTime

What you'll learn

This course allows you to extend your career in midwifery, with the emphasis on teaching and learning methods. Rather than producing technicians, it aims to enhance the quality of maternity care by fostering a broader, deeper and more critical approach to midwifery and education.

The course will prepare you for a deeper involvement in the development and communication of the theories behind your practice. The applied education element of this course allows you to register on the teacher division of the NMC. The course is also recognised by SEDA (the Staff and Educational Development Association), and accredited by the HEA (Higher Education Academy).

This course aims to encourage independent and autonomous learning, along with confident teaching and communication techniques. You'll build on your existing knowledge and skills to a point where you'll be confident in your ability to participate more actively in your chosen field, particularly in the area of policy development and communication.

With the support of our teaching staff, you'll learn to interpret complex materials independently and creatively, reflect on your learning, critically examine approaches to effective team building, and exercise judgement in relation to policy, workloads and professional practice.

Based over three trimesters, the course is conducted as a blended learning process, involving a combination of lectures, tutorials, online study, workshops and independent study.

What you study

Trimester 1:
- Exploring professional roles in practice
- Professional study and practices
- Effective learning and teaching in higher education contexts

Trimester 2:
- Research methods
- Assessment evaluation and support
- Option

Trimester 3:
- Dissertation

Options including:
- Adults with incapacity
- Assessment, evaluation and support
- Child protection in context
- Child protection: risk to reality
- Contemporary ethical and professional issues in healthcare
- Critical thinking, analysis and writing
- Effective learning and teaching in higher education
- Exploring professional roles in practice
- Independent and supplementary prescribing for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals
- Leadership
- Interprofessional learning and mentoring
- Managing performance for person centred services
- Politics, policy and practice
- Practising within a consultancy role
- Professional study and practices
- Research methods
- Safeguarding vulnerable individuals and families
- Pathophysiology and epidemiology in diabetes mellitus
- Preparation and practice of supervisors of midwives
- Work based learning portfolio 1
- Work based learning portfolio 2

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

This course will prepare you for a more advanced level of your chosen career, specialising in the educational element of the field. It can also allow you to become more active in a research role.

Career opportunities:
- midwifery consultant
- health and social care manager
- lecturer
- education manager
- education consultant

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Develop a deep insight into crime and criminal behaviour by studying this uniquely practical and applied course in criminology and forensic psychology. Read more
Develop a deep insight into crime and criminal behaviour by studying this uniquely practical and applied course in criminology and forensic psychology.

Studying applied criminology and forensic psychology at postgraduate level will allow you to develop a range of analytical and practical skills benefitting you as a practitioner or researcher.

You’ll have the opportunity of a work placement alongside specialised modules covering mediation, international criminology, assessment of offenders, child protection and advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods. These modules will give you a valuable set of skills for both employment and further research.

Your tutors will be research-active staff who are experts in their field. You’ll also benefit from external practitioners who bring their practical skills and experience to the course.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Applied-Criminology-and-Forensic-Psychology-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

You’ll develop a critical awareness of topics at the forefront of criminology and forensic psychology, and the contexts and theories that influence practice in these areas.

The applied focus of this course provides an excellent foundation in risk assessment of offenders, methods of rehabilitation, use of forensic interviewing strategies, mediation skills and facial composite construction.

Alongside these skills you’ll also learn directly from leading experts about current research and debates in criminology and forensic psychology which directly affect people at all points in the legal system.

Additionally you'll acquire excellent transferable research skills in both quantitative and qualitative methods which will enable you to carry out high quality research in a variety of contexts and with ethical integrity.

This is a one year full-time course delivered over three trimesters. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study.

Subjects include:
- Practical Forensic Psychology (assessing offenders and working with witnesses)
- Advanced Forensic Psychology (therapeutic jurisprudence and neuroethics)
- Criminal Justice in Practice
- Current Topics in Crime
- Comparative and International Criminology
- Advanced Research Skills
- Community Safety and Mediation
- Investigative Journalism
- Child Protection
- Work Placement
- Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

With a mix of subject specific knowledge, practical skills and technical abilities graduates will have the opportunity to develop a career in a range of occupations including:

- HM Prisons and secure units
- Probation service
- Police services
- Social work
- Court services
- Legal services
- Voluntary sector
- Community development
- Adult guidance
- Local and central government
- Academia and research
- Health services
- Forensic services
- Private practice

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This part-time, flexible course is for post-qualifying Social Work professional study. Read more
This part-time, flexible course is for post-qualifying Social Work professional study. The MSc programme accommodates a range of modules to allow students to build credit towards either a “generic” Masters qualification (MSc in Applied Professional Studies) or a range of specialist qualifications by following prescribed pathways of study.

Key information

-Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, University Certificate.
-Study methods: Mixture of online and classroom delivery.
-Duration: This programme is flexible so durations are for guidance. PG/UG Cert-12 months, PG Diploma-24 months, MSC-30 months.
-Start date: Both Spring and Autumn start-dates are available.
-Course Director: Duncan Helm.
-Location: Stirling Campus.

Accreditation

Our qualifications are recognised and accredited by organisations such as Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). By mainlining strong links with key stakeholders we ensure that our programmes anticipate learning needs in the workforce and that we are at the forefront of contemporary practice and thinking.

Course objectives

This course is a post-qualifying award designed to support experienced professional staff in developing advanced knowledge, skills and understanding.

Child Welfare and Protection

This is a post-qualifying course for staff working in child welfare and protection, including those in social work, health, education, the police and associated disciplines. With a focus on improving outcomes for children, this course tackles core challenges in practice including assessment, planning and effective practice. The course builds professional knowledge and competence sequentially through consideration of key frameworks (such as attachment theory and resilience), critical reflection on multi-professional judgement and decision-making, through to examination of the latest research and practice developments in care planning and intervention.

The Certificate consists of three 20 credit modules (Scottish Qualifications and Credit Framework) which are designed to be taken sequentially across one year of study. Each module is delivered over seven days through a blend of direct teaching and structured learning activities. Modules are structured to accommodate the pressures experienced by professionals combining adult learning with demanding workloads. Unique to this course, there is a final day in the timetable which provides students with the tools and opportunity to review their learning across the course. This review of learning is designed to facilitate embedding of learning in practice and to dovetail the learning outcomes from the course with the student’s ongoing professional development.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Social Sciences is a large interdisciplinary unit, combining teaching and research interests in: Dementia; Education; Housing Studies; Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology; and Social Work.

We offer an established, research-led suite of taught postgraduate courses, including our world renowned Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses, ESRC-recognised courses in Social Research and diverse Doctoral opportunities.

Our externally accredited professional courses, such as Educational Leadership, Housing Studies and Social Work Studies, are designed to best equip our students with practical and transferable knowledge for the complex demands of professional practice.

The Faculty is home to a vibrant and diverse community of academics and postgraduate students, where creative thinking and independent spirit is promoted and celebrated.

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill.
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C.
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B.
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component.
-IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20.

For more information go to English language requirements: http://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

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Delivered by representatives of the University of Stirling, the NSPCC and a range of experts from across Scotland, this fully accredited programme has been introduced to enable students to develop advanced skills in child welfare and protection practice with children and families. Read more

Advanced Practice Skills in Child Welfare and Protection

Delivered by representatives of the University of Stirling, the NSPCC and a range of experts from across Scotland, this fully accredited programme has been introduced to enable students to develop advanced skills in child welfare and protection practice with children and families.

Unlike most other postgraduate courses in the field, this course has an emphasis on gaining practical skills and experience. In particular the course is designed to bridge an existing gap in practice skills development, and students will gain knowledge, skills and experience for working within the most challenging settings.

The syllabus will provide access to the latest insights, from experts in fieldwork and clinical practice across a range of settings, which inform contemporary practice in Scotland.

It will include a variety of innovative learning and assessment methods including videotaped role-play, extended case study work, peer review. Introducing a more intensive model of skills validation for experienced practitioners, the course will encourage criticality and a culture of evidence informed practice and interventions, and approaches to self-evaluation.

For more information, see the website: http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/programme-information/prospectus/applied-social-science/applied-professional-studies/

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Social Sciences is a large interdisciplinary unit, combining teaching and research interests in: Dementia; Education; Housing Studies; Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology; and Social Work. We offer an established, research-led suite of taught postgraduate courses, including our world renowned Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses, ESRC-recognised courses in Social Research and diverse Doctoral opportunities.

Our externally accredited professional courses, such as Educational Leadership, Housing Studies and Social Work Studies, are designed to best equip our students with practical and transferable knowledge for the complex demands of professional practice. The Faculty is home to a vibrant and diverse community of academics and postgraduate students, where creative thinking and independent spirit is promoted and celebrated.

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill.
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C.
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B.
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component.
-IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20.

For more information go to English language requirements: http://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

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This is a post-qualifying course for staff working in child welfare and protection, including those in social work, health, education, the police and associated disciplines. Read more

Child Welfare and Protection

This is a post-qualifying course for staff working in child welfare and protection, including those in social work, health, education, the police and associated disciplines. With a focus on improving outcomes for children, this course tackles core challenges in practice including assessment, planning and effective practice. The course builds professional knowledge and competence sequentially through consideration of key frameworks (such as attachment theory and resilience), critical reflection on multi-professional judgement and decision-making, through to examination of the latest research and practice developments in care planning and intervention.

The Certificate consists of three 20 credit modules (Scottish Qualifications and Credit Framework) which are designed to be taken sequentially across one year of study. Each module is delivered over seven days through a blend of direct teaching and structured learning activities. Modules are structured to accommodate the pressures experienced by professionals combining adult learning with demanding workloads. Unique to this course, there is a final day in the timetable which provides students with the tools and opportunity to review their learning across the course. This review of learning is designed to facilitate embedding of learning in practice and to dovetail the learning outcomes from the course with the student’s ongoing professional development.

For more information, see the website: http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/programme-information/prospectus/applied-social-science/applied-professional-studies/

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Social Sciences is a large interdisciplinary unit, combining teaching and research interests in: Dementia; Education; Housing Studies; Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology; and Social Work.

We offer an established, research-led suite of taught postgraduate courses, including our world renowned Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses, ESRC-recognised courses in Social Research and diverse Doctoral opportunities.

Our externally accredited professional courses, such as Educational Leadership, Housing Studies and Social Work Studies, are designed to best equip our students with practical and transferable knowledge for the complex demands of professional practice.

The Faculty is home to a vibrant and diverse community of academics and postgraduate students, where creative thinking and independent spirit is promoted and celebrated.

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill.
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C.
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B.
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component.
-IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20.

For more information go to English language requirements: http://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

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Childhood is accorded a special status under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and child welfare forms a policy focus for states across the globe. Read more
Childhood is accorded a special status under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and child welfare forms a policy focus for states across the globe. Within the UK, child health and social care has received considerable support under the government's modernising agenda leading to an increase in childcare provision, employment opportunities and a growing evidence and academic knowledge base. The School of Social Work 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 and international significance. The school is home to the Centre for Childhood and Youth research [‘TheCentre’] led by Professors Nigel Thomas and Andy Bilson and is an active member of the Making Research Count Network.

The course takes a research-applied approach to examining contemporary practice and service provision and also offers opportunities to engage in research and theoretical work. It is made up of three parts:

Core childcare modules which critically examine conventional developmental approaches and more recent research on contemporary childhoods; contemporary national and international research, policy and practice concerning children's safety and protection; the ways in which relevant legislation and guidance including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child [UNCRC]; Children Acts, 1989 and 2004, Every Child Matters and the Human Rights Act are currently being applied in the UK and the part law plays in constructing appropriate roles for children.

Further core modules provide for knowledge and skills development in Research Methods, and the critical exploration of the contemporary contexts of service developments in children's services.

A research based dissertation.

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Safeguarding children is a high profile area of work, where decision making carries a high order of risk for children, their families and those engaged with them. Read more
Safeguarding children is a high profile area of work, where decision making carries a high order of risk for children, their families and those engaged with them. There is a pressing demand for professionals and others across a wide range of disciplines and sectors to develop an in-depth knowledge of child protection work and to demonstrate effective, evidence based skills. The Postgraduate Certificate in Safeguarding Children was developed to offer opportunities for continuing personal and professional development through the development of in-depth knowledge to support practitioners and others whose work or research interests lay within the wide range of services for children, young people, their parents or carers. The multi-disciplinary backgrounds and experiences of candidates are an important value added element of the course, mirroring as it does the multi-agency working which underpins all contemporary children’s services and is required by legislation and guidance.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Sessions are scheduled on Wednesdays and typically run 3 -5pm, to accommodate candidates who are combining professional careers with CPD. Each of the three modules will consist of around 12 class sessions. These include a mix of tutor delivered input; interactive discussions; candidate lead seminars; problem solving activities and directed reading.

Assessment is by coursework and varied: methods include seminar presentations, the preparation of a training pack, a poster presentation, essays, critiques.

FURTHER INFORMATION

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 provide relevant, up-to-date and accessible courses in child care at postgraduate level including the Postgraduate Certificate in Safeguarding, the MA in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People and PhD opportunities.

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