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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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Supported by the internationally renowned Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, the MA in Woman and Child Abuse provides a solid grounding in theoretical frameworks, policy and practice approaches. Read more
Supported by the internationally renowned Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, the MA in Woman and Child Abuse provides a solid grounding in theoretical frameworks, policy and practice approaches.

The course is ideal for those who are working in specialised services for women and children who have experienced violence, in policymaking or delivery at local, regional or national levels, or are wishing to establish careers in these sectors.

More about this course

This course provides a comprehensive grounding in theoretical frameworks, research, policy and practice approaches to woman and child abuse.

The MA content covers all forms of violence against women and child abuse, including sexual violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, trafficking and harmful practices. Reflecting the work of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, a specialist research unit, the MA focuses on what we know about these forms of abuse, the contexts in which they occur and the connections between them. While the main focus will be on the UK, intellectual, policy and practice approaches from across the globe will be discussed.

The course content will be cross-disciplinary, mainly drawing on sociology and including social policy, criminology and psychology.

Assessment approaches vary according to the aims of each module and how it is delivered. Examples include essays or other written coursework and individual presentations.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Researching Communities (core, 20 credits)
-Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People (core, 20 credits)
-Sexual Violence: Causes, Consequences and Interventions (core, 20 credits)
-Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and Policy (core, 20 credits)
-Woman and Child Abuse Dissertation (core, 60 credits)
-Children and Families: Policy and Practice (option, 20 credits)
-Community Development (option, 20 credits)
-Crime and Offender Patterns (option, 20 credits)
-Doing Evaluation: Skills and Techniques (option, 20 credits)
-International Child and Human Rights Law (option, 20 credits)
-Law, Ethics and Policy in Mental Health (option, 20 credits)
-Social Policy Themes and Priorities: Local, Regional and Global (option, 20 credits)
-Social Research: Principles, Practice and Contexts (option, 20 credits)
-Women, Gender and Human Rights (option, 20 credits)

After the course

The course is particularly suited to those who are working in specialised services for women and children who have experienced violence. It is also excellent preparation for those who are wishing to establish careers in this sector.

Our graduates have gone on to key roles in policymaking or service delivery at local, regional and national levels, and some pursue further studies to PhD level, including with the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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Prepare for a career in social work with a course that is well connected with social work and social care service providers in the region. Read more
Prepare for a career in social work with a course that is well connected with social work and social care service providers in the region. As a result of these connections, you get the benefit of supervised practical work in a range of social work settings.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msw-social-work

What you study

You study the theories, skills and values of social work, learning how to work with people who have problems in their lives or whose actions cause significant problems for others.

You follow the Health and Care Professions Council and The College of Social Work guidelines for training, which include:
-Assessment, planning, intervention and review.
-Role play.
-Dissertation or project.
-Psychosocial knowledge.
-Professional ethics.
-Law and policy.
-Social work theory.

We make sure your learning is up to date so you graduate with the latest thinking on current areas of importance in the sector. We invite experts – like charity the Snowdrop Project – to come in and discuss topical issues such as human trafficking and child sexual exploitation.

Because social workers need to work with many other professionals, you study alongside students and staff from related disciplines. For example, you practise giving evidence in court with law students, and barristers and judges visit the university to cross-examine you in our courtroom.

Service users and carers are central to all aspects of the course delivery and development, including teaching, assessment and placements. Other key aspects of the course and assessment include essays, presentations, exams and a dissertation.

Placements and work experience

Practical work experience is at the heart of this course. We have a 100% record of placing students in quality-audited placements. You spend at least 170 days putting what you’ve learned into practice in real working situations, such as:
-Social work teams.
-Nurseries.
-Family centres.
-Primary care practices.
-Hospitals.
-Residential settings.

These placements take place with our partners in local authority, private and voluntary agencies across South Yorkshire and the North East Midlands. Previous students have worked in Doncaster Prison, NHS mental health units, youth offending teams working with the police, and charities including the NSPCC, Age Concern, Barnados, Mind and Women's Aid.

Your placements are supported by 30 specialist skills days. You work with experts, professionals and service users on specific topics such as how to assess risky behaviour, or interventions for safeguarding children. In your final year, we run a workshop with employers on how to apply for jobs in social work.

There are also opportunities to spend time studying abroad on an exchange. Previous students have attended a summer school in Berlin, gaining new, international perspectives on social work and discovering how it is practised around the world.

Facilities

During the time you spend at university, you are based in our £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building, described as 'a beacon for the future development of health education in this country' by a leading UK health body.

You use specialist facilities including our courtroom, where you learn how to give evidence, and our virtual reality training environment which is used to practise different cases.

Expertise

We are one of the most experienced providers of social work, youth and community education in the country, and we have a huge range of expertise. Social work is part of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, which enables us to apply specialist knowledge and resources from across a range of health professions.

All our teaching staff are qualified and experienced social workers, or have experience in related professions. You will experience a range of different ways of learning, including role play with actors, real-life case studies and virtual reality.

Many of our lecturers are involved in research in social work and have a well-established reputation in various international projects, including:
-International practice learning opportunities for students.
-EU-funded projects to develop an international curriculum.
-Projects developing social work practice and social work education.

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). After successfully completing the course you are eligible to apply to register with them to practise as a social worker. We are in a transitional period where the work of the College of Social Work has come to an end and some functions are temporarily hosted by the British Association of Social Work.

Course structure

Full time – 24 months. This is a full time course that can lead to professional registration as a social worker and therefore requires extensive study.

Taught modules take place on average three days a week. but you will be required to engage in study outside of these times. A large proportion of the course is spent on placement within social care organisations – during these times you are required to attend for five days a week.

Starts March (subject to HCPC approval).

Year One
-Introduction to social work
-Law and policy for social work
-Psycho-social theories and methods for social work practice
-Readiness for social work practice
-Foundations of values, ethics and anti-oppressive practice for social work
-Research knowledge, methods and skills for social work
-Practice learning 1 and 2
-Social work skills development days

Year Two
-Theories and knowledge for social work, applied across the life course
-The organisational context of social work
-The enhanced social work practitioner

Dissertation

Assessment
Includes: essays; examinations; practice-learning portfolios; group presentations; report writing.

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The Department of Criminology at Swansea University has run a successful MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology since 1997. Students of the Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology will have the opportunity to learn about crime, the criminal justice system and cutting edge themes in criminology from leading experts in the field. The MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology specialises in the application of criminological knowledge to the workings of the Criminal Justice System and this is strongly reflected in the exciting range of diverse and cutting-edge modules on offer.

The MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology focuses mainly on the application of knowledge to the operation of the criminal justice system, reflecting the policy/ practice orientation of members of the staff team.

Whether you are a practitioner working in the criminal justice system, a researcher wishing to gain a firm foundation for a research degree in an ESRC recognised Doctoral Training Centre, or an undergraduate aspiring to a career in criminal justice, our Masters-level degree in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology is for you! The MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology offers you:

• an up-to-date and high quality programme which includes some of the most important theory and research in criminal justice and criminology
• an opportunity to develop your ability to apply criminal justice and criminological knowledge to research and the operation of the criminal justice system
• an opportunity to develop and apply research methods knowledge and skills
• enhanced employability for those wishing to pursue a career in the criminal justice system and for those interested in an academic or research career

Modules

Modules on the MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology typically include:

• Ethics and Philosophy of Social Research
• Quantitative Methods
• Qualitative Methods
• Case Studies in Applied Social Research
• Data Visualisation
• Crime, Drugs and Alcohol
• Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
• Applied Criminal Justice
• Understanding Policing
• Youth Justice: Research, Policy & Practice
• Criminal Justice System in England and Wales
• Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children
• Human Trafficking

Careers and Employability

The MA in Applied Criminal Justice & Criminology will open the door to a range of careers, including: Local Government, Police Force, Prison Service, Social Work, Victim Support, Teaching, and Probation Service to name a few. Enhancing your career prospects whilst studying on this course, you will have a wealth of opportunities to take advantage of in order to boost your CV and form important employment links for the future.

Additional Information

Every student is allocated a Personal Tutor who offers academic and pastoral care throughout the student’s stay in Swansea. Several lecturers invite senior criminal justice practitioners, managers, and policy makers to deliver lectures on key aspects of criminal justice policy and practice. The Department of Criminology also ensures that MA in Applied Criminal Justice & Criminology students participate in social events through the Criminology Society which organises events that give students opportunities to socialise and meet others in the Department of Criminology. There may also be placement and research internship opportunities available to students (subject to availability). Research internships provide opportunities for students to observe practices in a criminal justice agency and then produce their dissertation on a topic that is relevant to the work of the agency.

Student Quotes

- Christie Owen, MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology graduate 2010 -11

“There are a range of different modules covering a broad spectrum of subjects. Helpful tutoring means that those who have not studied Criminology previously will find the subject easy to pick up. There are plenty of approachable staff and lecturers to seek advice if you are unsure. Lectures are well structured with scope for debate with your peers and lecturers, as well as informative media such as videos and power point presentations. There is continuous mentoring while completing dissertations, with supervisors engaging well with students and aiding them in making it more manageable. Supervisors are continuously available to answer any questions or solve any problems that arise while writing such a large piece of work. The library services are also extremely helpful, with access to many books, journals and the internet with a room specifically for postgraduates which is very much needed during busier periods.

The Masters degree in Criminology encouraged me to pursue a career in the Prison Service. After graduating I was offered a position following my first interview and the course has given me skills to use in my new position.”

- Peter Doyle, MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology graduate

Retired Detective Chief Inspector and Senior Investigating Officer Peter, from Kenfig near Porthcawl, had specialised in Homicide and Serious Crime Investigation and has an extensive background in Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) investigation.

“The course was challenging for me as I do not possess a first degree – a particular challenge was writing in an academic style. I overcame the challenges by applying practice and more practice – plus support from those within the College and my family. I believe the key is not worrying about every mistake you make but learning from them instead.

“I chose Swansea University because it has an excellent reputation for criminology studies and I also worked in Swansea for many years as a police officer. It was a great honour to meet people on my course from such a wide spectrum and of all ages – this was very inspiring, I was made to feel welcome by everyone involved.”

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This is a highly applied degree which lets you obtain the knowledge and skills relevant to forensic psychology. An ideal course for anyone who wishes to work in an applied legal or criminological setting. Read more
This is a highly applied degree which lets you obtain the knowledge and skills relevant to forensic psychology. An ideal course for anyone who wishes to work in an applied legal or criminological setting.

More about this course

Through a combination of lectures, workshops, exercises and field trips, this course will give you the skills and knowledge relevant to forensic psychology as well as many other allied areas.

The course is informed by current developments within the field, as well as practical experience. In addition to a comprehensive understanding of forensic psychology theory, we aim to give you practical skills. This is shown in our strong focus on applied assessment and intervention (within a variety of settings and with a range of different clients).

You can further develop your understanding of different client groups by choosing from a range of optional modules. These cover working with children, victims of sexual offences, individuals in secure settings and legal professionals. Alternatively you may wish to study alongside students from America on our International Perspectives on Forensic Psychology Module (delivered alternately in the States and the UK).

We discuss how psychological theory and research is relevant to a range of professional practice settings. This helps you to consider different career options following completion of your studies. A further strength of our course is the opportunity to study alongside other disciplines and areas of psychology. This gives you an understanding of the breadth and range of applied psychology, as well as some of the skills required to work in multidisciplinary teams.

The course is assessed through both coursework and open book examination. Assessment requirements vary according to each module and are designed to allow students to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge in applied ways. Therefore example assessments include professional reports, portfolios, oral presentations, case studies and reflective accounts.

All of the assessments have been designed to enhance students’ academic, professional and employability skills.

Modular structure

The course consists of six core modules, a substantial empirical research project (equivalent to three modules) and an option or designate module.

The main areas of study are:
-Psychology and Criminal Behaviour
-The Investigation and Prosecution of Criminal Offences
-Introduction of Assessment and Intervention
-Applied Assessment and Intervention
-Professional Context and Practice of Forensic Psychology
-Advanced Research Design and Analysis for Psychology
-Forensic Psychology Project

You should also pick one of the following designate modules:
-Applied Legal Psychology
-Psychology and the Penal System
-Psychology and Sexual Violence - In conjunction with the Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU), London Metropolitan University
-Psychology and the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People – Also in conjunction with the Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU)
-International Perspectives in Forensic Psychology - We are very pleased to be able to offer students the opportunity to meet and work alongside US forensic psychology students during the course of this module. This is a joint teaching programme offered in conjunction with Marymount University, Virginia. This module has proved extremely popular and is run alternatively in the UK and in Arlington, near Washington DC. The module consists of a series of site visits and workshops facilitated by UK and American practicing forensic professionals.

We strive to offer a full range of designates. However we cannot guarantee to run all designates every year.

After the course

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of settings and with a range of clients (eg offenders, victims, police, and probation). A such, our graduates have gone on to work as police officers, offender treatment providers, within victim services and in probation departments.

We have graduates that work in the Home Office, HM Prison Service, the NHS, Youth Offending Teams and relevant government departments. Other students have focused on working with forensic psychiatric residents in secure settings (eg Medium or Regional Secure Units).

We have also had a number of our students obtain work with charities (such as NACRO) and go on to do further research.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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This programme will help you join and create the next generation of cybercrime research and investigation experts in both professional and academic research fields. Read more

Why take this course?

This programme will help you join and create the next generation of cybercrime research and investigation experts in both professional and academic research fields.

You will study the critical knowledge and analytical skills needed to meet the growing challenges of cybercrime, allowing you to facilitate investigations and to operate as a link between the traditional police officer and the technological forensic investigators.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Experience high-level academic experts in cybercrime, whilst drawing upon relevant specialist industry, policing and government expertise via an external speaker programme.
Undertake a supervised research project with the opportunity for staff-student collaborative research and/or research projects for industry.
Engage in practical scenarios to deconstruct cybercrime issues, gain unique skills to develop appropriate strategies against the cybercrime threat and be in a position to be a future leader in tackling cybercrime.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Existing professional links between the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies and academic researchers will lead to a clear understanding of both the academic research and professional employment prospects for graduates. This includes, for example, the existing relationship with the Hampshire High Tech Crime Unit, as well as the National Crime Agency, and the consequent research collaboration opportunities from both of these organisations.

The applied nature of the course, with engagement from expert practioners and opportunities for research projects and internships, will help you prepare for a role in the public or private sector, potentially investigating hacking, online drug markets, the dark web, sexual exploitation/child protection online and more.

Module Details

Core units:

Cybercrime: Critical Perspectives
Online Governance and Regulation
Research Methods and Research Management
Dissertation
You will take one further optional unit, chosen from:

Dangerous Offenders and Vulnerable Victims (campus based only)
Cybersecurity
Investigation and Psychology
Additional opportunities to gain professional qualifications include:

Accredited Counter Fraud Technician – Foundation Level (ACFTech)
Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist – Foundation Level (ACFS)
Certificate of Knowledge in Policing (CKP)
Please note that the course structure may vary from year to year; course content and learning opportunities will not be diminished by this.

Programme Assessment

Campus teaching will be undertaken by multidisciplinary academic experts in the field of cybercrime research and investigation, with additional specialist guest speakers from industry, police and government. Sessions will range from lectures and seminars covering theoretical material, to interactive workshops applying knowledge and skills.

Forms of assessment are academic and applied including:

Traditional academic essays and presentations
Practitioner reports and risk assessments
Group project work
Literature review and research proposal, and
Research project thesis.

Student Destinations

Our graduates have taken up roles in:

academia
cybersecurity
policing
military
civil Service
government

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