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The first course of its kind in the world, our Safeguarding in an International Context Master’s degree is ideal for agencies involved with the protection of people. Read more
The first course of its kind in the world, our Safeguarding in an International Context Master’s degree is ideal for agencies involved with the protection of people. Delivered completely by distance learning, you can study from home, making it accessible worldwide. Safeguarding children and safeguarding vulnerable adults are issues which involve multi-disciplinary, inter-agency working. Issues such as trafficking of people and international collaboration between agencies are high on the global agenda. International safeguarding involves a variety of topics that can be explored in this programme. As this course incorporates modules from a variety of Schools across the university, you’ll be able to follow a path which is of personal interest to you or will be of use in your area of employment.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The course is delivered totally on-line. The UCLan library will give access to on-line books and journals. Each module will have dedicated Blackboard space.

Each module has an assessment. All assessments must be passed with a minimum mark of 50%.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

-Accessible world-wide
-Study at home - totally distance learning
-Increase employability internationally
-Study in a truly multi-disciplinary environment

AIMS

-To promote the evolution of an safeguarding specialist who is adaptable and responsive in recognising international safeguarding issues.
-To promote the development of a safeguarding specialist, who is socio-politically aware of international safeguarding issues, has the values, attitudes, skills, knowledge, professional confidence and personal motivation commensurate with safeguarding practice.
-To support students to critically reflect and synthesise evidence-based outcomes to support effective problem-solving and decision-making skills within a multidisciplinary arena.
-To ensure that personal, professional and educational development needs are met through the provision of a range of learning opportunities informed by scholarship, professional activity, advances in technology and research.
-To promote independent, shared and autonomous learning.
-To promote students awareness of global issues in safeguarding

FURTHER INFORMATION

The course can be undertaken over 2-5 years, exiting with a Master of Science (180 credits). It consists of some core modules, which have to be taken by each student. These include a research module and an introductory module in either safeguarding children or safeguarding vulnerable adults in an international context. Students will also undertake either a dissertation or a psychology project in their final year. These modules equate to 100 credits. There will, therefore, be 80 credits of option modules, depending on the students area of interest. If students do not wish to progress to a Masters Degree, there will be exit awards available: Certificate (60 credits) or Diploma (120 credits).

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Do you want to improve the delivery of a joined up approach to Safeguarding Adults? Developed in partnership with employers and stakeholders, this course blends practice experience across a range of professions with academic knowledge. Read more
Do you want to improve the delivery of a joined up approach to Safeguarding Adults? Developed in partnership with employers and stakeholders, this course blends practice experience across a range of professions with academic knowledge. Designed with an inter-professional approach to learning, this course will enhance your professional practice, helping you to develop integration in organisational and practice settings to protect those most vulnerable and at risk of abuse and neglect in society.

Key features

-Study alongside an inter-professional range of health and social care practitioners and develop your understanding of other professional groups' perspectives on safeguarding adults.
-Informed and contemporary - this course has been developed in consultation with local employers and specialist practitioners in safeguarding.
-Develop and apply your critical reflection skills in risk and decision making and application of the law.
-Learn from a research active inter-disciplinary team with international, national and local profiles who will support you to develop your research.
-Benefit from an assessment strategy which blends practice experience and knowledge.
-Make use of blended learning, combining short study blocks and distance learning technologies.
-Balance work and other commitments by studying part-time over three years.

*As this programme is designed for qualified practitioners there is no requirement of a clinical placement component. Neither the programme nor any of its pathways lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a regulatory body.

Course details

Year 1
Core modules
-ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
-ADV756 Advanced Critical Reflection, Risk and Decision-Making

Optional modules
-ADV754 Supporting Adult Learners in Professional Practice Settings (Social Workers)
-ADV752 Social Work Practice: Supported Study
-ADV755 Application of Law and Policy in Safeguarding Adults
-ADV753 Assessing Adult Learners in Their Practice (Social Workers)

Year 2
You will take two core 20 credit modules and choose one optional module
Core modules
-ADV757 Advanced Practice in Safeguarding Adults
-ADV715 Project Design for Research

Optional modules
-ADV754 Supporting Adult Learners in Professional Practice Settings (Social Workers)
-ADV755 Application of Law and Policy in Safeguarding Adults

Final year
-ADV716 Research Dissertation (60 Credits)

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The School of Law offers a new Masters Degree Programme for social, legal, police, healthcare and other professionals working with adults. Read more

Overview

The School of Law offers a new Masters Degree Programme for social, legal, police, healthcare and other professionals working with adults. The course is specially designed so that it may be taken by those who are in full-time employment.

The central aims of the course are to update and enhance knowledge of relevant law and research literature and to provide an opportunity for experienced practitioners to further develop and critically reflect upon their skills, as applied to safeguarding adults in a variety of settings.

It aims to promote anti-discriminatory practice, inter-agency understanding and interdisciplinary working. The course also aims to develop research and analytical skills and to provide a foundation for pursuing further study at doctoral level.

It is an interdisciplinary course comprising contributions from law, policy, practice and health. As part of the School of Law, the Centre for Professional Ethics (PEAK) will make an essential contribution to the course. Safeguarding adults work engages with a multitude of ethical dilemmas and understanding of key concepts such as ‘autonomy’ from a legal and ethical perspective are an essential theoretical underpinning to understanding of safeguarding and for competent professional practice

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/safeguardingadultslawpolicyandpractice/

Course Aims

The aims of this programme are to introduce key principles of interdisciplinary, socio-legal research methods and scholarship, facilitate the development of higher-level critical analysis, and develop the students’ capacity for original thinking in relation to the complex issues arising in socio-legal scholarship. More specifically, the programme aims to:

- Develop a practical and theoretical understanding of safeguarding adults

- Develop a critical awareness of the social and political contexts in which law and practice is located

- Develop a critical perspective in the assessment and evaluation of research, law scholarship, policy and practice in adult safeguarding

- Develop critical and analytical skills in order to interrogate practical legal problems and to justify decisions

- Develop the ability to work independently in a coherent, focused and productive way.

- Encourage interdisciplinarity via the student experience - inter professional student groups, learning and teaching provided by a range of academics, professionals and policy makers.

Course Content

The programme is structured in a way that allows students to maintain full-time employment whilst studying, with teaching for each module taking place over an intensive 3-day period.

Students may choose to study from one to five modules per year and may complete the entire programme in one year or up to five years, depending on their preference and external commitments.

To achieve the MA students will study four taught modules followed by a dissertation module. As an alternative, it is possible to exit the course with a Postgraduate Certificate (on satisfactory completion of 2 taught modules) or a Postgraduate Diploma (on satisfactory completion of 4 taught modules). A student must complete all four taught modules before proceeding to the dissertation module.

These modules provide a foundation for the understanding of and critical engagement with safeguarding. They also introduce students to the research skills and critical analysis necessary for the successful completion of a Masters programme, with a particular focus on interdisciplinary socio-legal research methods.

Teaching & Assessment

Assessment is based on coursework and a dissertation. There are no exams. Assessment of each taught module is by written assignment of about 5,000 words each. A choice of essay titles is provided for each block. In the research year the emphasis is on independent research – there is a research methods assignment of 2,000 words formatively assessed and a dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words. The pass mark for all assessments is 50%.
The modules are taught through 20 hours of contact time, delivered as an intensive three-day block of teaching.

During the module, students will take part in tutor-led seminars and discussions, small group exercises, and case studies. Each module is accompanied by extensive independent study and throughout the course students are encouraged and required to undertake independent reading to both supplement and consolidate the classes and to broaden individual knowledge and understanding of the subject.

All students receive initial guidance on how to identify, locate and use materials available in libraries and elsewhere (including electronic sources). Guidelines are provided for the production of coursework assignments and dissertations and these are reinforced by seminars and individual supervision, which focus specifically on essay planning and writing, and research methodology. Detailed written and, if requested, oral feedback is provided on all course work. There is also time set aside during each module and outside the modules for students to consult individually with teaching staff and receive guidance and feedback on assessment and module performance.

While away from Keele, between teaching blocks, students will benefit from directed reading, additional resources posted on the KLE together with a KLE based discussion page for ‘virtual’ interaction between students.

Additional Costs

Modules across the programme will include recommended core and supplemental texts. Costs will vary depending on the particular text (Law textbooks vary between £20-40).

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this post graduate programme.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

What the students say

'Variety of subjects covered, excellent contributions from colleagues, interesting guest speakers, very professional co-ordination'

'This was a well put together MA, the combination of elements, ethics, law, social policy etc was such a strength- I know I have gained so much from the first year professionally and personally'

'Thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it highly relevant to my area of practice'

'I am very proud to be in the first cohort of the first MA of its kind in England'

'Course content useful and very interesting, excellent handouts. Again lecture vs discussion good and the knowledge within the group assisted with learning'

'Great to examine and learn how to start critically analysing policy and again see how it links with legislation and practice'

'There has been some utterly fascinating discussion and debate, sharing practice experiences that I have totally enjoyed'

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The MSc Safeguarding and Promoting Children’s Welfare is for all professionals who work with children in a health, social care or public context. Read more
The MSc Safeguarding and Promoting Children’s Welfare is for all professionals who work with children in a health, social care or public context. A range of professionals choose to undertake this course; for example, nurses, midwives, health visitors, teachers, the police, workers in children’s services and representatives from the voluntary sector.

Study on this course reflects the change in emphasis in safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare through integrated services. As well as enhancing your own professional development, this course helps you to guide and support others in your profession in respect of their safeguarding roles and responsibilities.

The University of Bolton's postgraduate framework in safeguarding children is extremely flexible. You can select one or two stand-alone modules to fill-in gaps in your professional knowledge, or a take a number of modules and build up credits towards the postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or full masters degree.

The course challenges you to take a critical approach to your studies and professional development, by enabling you to make practical and effective use of your learning in your professional role. In addition to gaining subject specific knowledge this programme enhances your research skills to make use of your developing depth of knowledge.

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Ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are kept safe from abuse is a vital component of health and social care. That's why our course offers the chance to analyse and evaluate the current state of theory, policy and practice in this area. Read more
Ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are kept safe from abuse is a vital component of health and social care. That's why our course offers the chance to analyse and evaluate the current state of theory, policy and practice in this area. You'll be encouraged to consider the nature of child welfare and safeguarding, putting a significant emphasis on anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice.

We will build on your existing learning experiences to provide a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of safeguarding policy and practice. Our flexible learning opportunities will enhance your professional knowledge and lead to big things in your future. Improve the level of care you can provide your clients by increasing your knowledge through our PgC degree.

Course outline

This course provides a stimulating and challenging academic environment for those wishing to advance their academic and professional development beyond undergraduate level. We incorporate a variety of blended learning and campus based activities explicitly designed to meet the needs of learners working in a range of contexts. Though we focus primarily on the UK, we do offer recourse into international approaches of safeguarding for the purpose of sharing good practice and critical comparison.

Graduate destinations

This course can lead to careers in social work, mental health contexts and the children's workforce.

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Newman University has developed a suite of modules aimed specifically at professionals working with children and young people who are working in education, health, or social care or other related areas. Read more

Overview

Newman University has developed a suite of modules aimed specifically at professionals working with children and young people who are working in education, health, or social care or other related areas.
Course content
Newman offers you the opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge, understanding and skills of professional practice by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and reflective practice around a range of concepts and theories relevant to working with children, young people and families.

Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Safeguarding will enable you to continue onto a full MA via undertaking a further 30 credit module of your choice (from the MA Education (Safeguarding) module choices) and the compulsory Research Methods module, followed by the final dissertation.

Attendance

You will study the course part-time over 12-36 months which will provide you with the flexibility to combine employment (if relevant) and placements (if relevant) with study. Taught sessions will be based at Newman.
The PG cert comprises of 2 modules with one module being taught each semester on one evening per week with approximately 10 sessions per module.

Assessment

You will experience a range of assessments in the form of reflective accounts, presentations and essays related to practice in the field of safeguarding

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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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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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The Professional Healthcare Practice programme at the University of Bradford offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge to a range of clinical and professional situations through reflection and practice experience, supported by an experienced mentor. Read more
The Professional Healthcare Practice programme at the University of Bradford offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge to a range of clinical and professional situations through reflection and practice experience, supported by an experienced mentor.

It develops skills designed to meet the challenges of delivering and advancing quality healthcare within a global context.

Learning and teaching is designed to equip students with skills in using a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value. There is a focus on patient safety, risk assessment and risk management within a clinical governance context.

The programme is intended to:
-Provide a flexible educational framework that is vocationally relevant, which meets your professional development needs, as well as the organisational needs of employers
-Provide opportunities for inter-professional teaching and learning to share the knowledge, skills and experience common to a range of different health and social care disciplines
-Provide a framework within which the curriculum, where required, meets the regulatory needs of professional bodies such as the NMC, GPhC and HCPC and recognised National benchmarks
-Stimulate you to become a self-directed learner who is motivated to sustain and advance your own continuous professional learning
-Develop your clinical skills, knowledge and critical understanding to an advanced level, applicable to your own field of practice
-Further develop your cognitive and practical skills to undertake data synthesis, complex problem solving and risk assessment
-Prepare you to become an autonomous practitioner, to work in advanced and specialist roles with high levels of accountability
-Develop you as a practitioner who will innovate, promote evidence informed practice and improve service user outcomes
-Develop you as a leader with skills and confidence, to act as a role model, supporting the professional development of colleagues and the work of your organisation
-Develop you as a critically reflective, competent leader who will manage service development towards effective, sustainable, inclusive, fair and ethically sensitive service provision

Additionally if you wish to undertake a Masters dissertation:
-Develop your understanding of the theoretical constructs underpinning research or project management
-Demonstrate how the findings can influence practice and policy

Why Bradford?

This programme is part of the interdisciplinary Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (SSPRD) Framework within the Faculty of Health Studies. The Framework enables you to undertake a named award or create an individualised programme of study that will meet either your needs and/or your employer’s needs for a changing diverse workforce within a modern organisation.

The SSPRD Framework offers a structure within which students undertaking the Professional Healthcare Practice programme and named awards have a wide choice of modules. Whilst some students can build their own awards by choosing their own menu of module options the module choice on specialist, named award pathways is more clearly defined. If you are a UK student your programme of study will not only focus on research informed knowledge and understanding but will also extend your skills and competence in practice. International students will focus on modules that assess application to practice through a more reflective approach. The module choice for international students and UK students who are not working in a healthcare setting is restricted to those modules with an ‘international’ version.

Your programme of study and the collection of modules you may choose to study will contextualise your learning by addressing the Aims and Learning Outcomes for the programme which are outlined in the next section of this document. Modules such as the research or work based project modules, for example, enable you to shape your own focus of study within the modules aims and learning outcomes by learning the principles being taught and applying them to your own professional/employment area.
The flexibility offered by the Faculty of Health’s framework will enable you to take forward your current experience whatever the area of your work in collaboration with the University of Bradford. If you are not currently working in a UK healthcare setting you will have your choice limited to those modules with an ‘international’ version. An academic advisor will discuss with you and support your choices.

The Faculty of Health Studies is a major provider of education and training for individuals working within the health, social, independent and community/voluntary sector organisations across the Yorkshire and Humber Region and wider. The Faculty focus on excellence though knowledge, practice, research, leadership and management aims to support the future sustainability of the individuals, through lifelong learning and improved employability and thereby influencing the future adaptability of individual organisations and service delivery to promote change.

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Experienced nurses and healthcare practitioners now have the opportunity to take on challenging roles, working across professional, organisational and system boundaries to meet diverse patient needs.

Healthcare practitioners working towards these advanced practice roles, often at the forefront of innovative practice, are expected to undertake master’s level education. The programme is designed to develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles.

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Specialist practice with adults is facing a challenging period of transformation in relation to implementing new law such as the Care Act 2014, managing the demands of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and reacting to organisational changes. Read more
Specialist practice with adults is facing a challenging period of transformation in relation to implementing new law such as the Care Act 2014, managing the demands of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and reacting to organisational changes. It is essential that practitioners have opportunities to develop their learning and education to enhance their skills and knowledge. This course will enable practitioners to develop a broad understanding and application of knowledge related to adult social care practice, including critical awareness of current issues and new evidence-based practice research. There will be learning opportunities to generate new approaches to safeguarding policy and practice in work with adults at risk; and learning opportunities to develop and to enhance decision-making skills in complex safeguarding situations involving adults at risk.

This award is a specific pathway for practitioners in social work and social care and aims to build on their professional experience. Practitioners will be able to evidence their learning in each module in order to meet relevant CPD standards or HCPC requirements for renewing their registration.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

The University has been endorsed by the College of Social Work as a provider of CPD training.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Keynote lectures, seminars, tutorials, material for self-directed learning, e-learning, workshops will form part of university based learning provision.

Students will be required to link formal learning to their practice and will be encouraged to build on existing skills/develop new skills to consolidate their learning across the academic and practice fields.

Skills, values and knowledge will be developed through group discussions, group tutorials, presentations and practice learning opportunities.

The overarching teaching and learning strategy will enable students to develop cognitive skills which are appropriate to independent learning and postgraduate study.

A range of assessment methods will include essays, presentations, case studies, practice observation, reflective writing, practice portfolios, and personal development files.

OPPORTUNITIES

This award is aimed at practitioners in employment who may wish to advance their career in social work and social care practice.

Students who are enrolled with the School of Social Work Care & Community will be eligible for any international travel opportunities relevant to their study.

The PG Cert is part of the Centre for CPD in the School of Social Work Care & Community. On successful completion of this award students can progress to PG Dip/MA awards as part of their CPD.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Students who are enrolled with the School of Social Work, Care and Community may be eligible for international travel opportunities relevant to their study.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The course will:
-Enable students to critically reflect on and review their professional development to facilitate enhanced performance and service delivery
-Enable students to consolidate, develop and demonstrate comprehensive understanding and application of the knowledge gained in their initial training, and knowledge related to specialist practice with adults, including critical awareness of current issues and new evidence-based practice research
-Develop and enhance students’ capacity for critically evaluating and analysing key theoretical knowledge in relation to specialist practice with adults
-Provide learning opportunities for students who are practitioners to generate new approaches to safeguarding policy and practice in work with adults
-Provide learning opportunities for students who are practitioners to develop and to enhance decision-making skills in complex safeguarding situations involving adults
-Enable students to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level

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Social workers can take postgraduate modules on a standalone basis as short courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Read more
Social workers can take postgraduate modules on a standalone basis as short courses for continuing professional development (CPD).

Our programmes and modules have been developed in partnership with employer partners in south-west London and Surrey to meet the continuing professional development needs of social workers. They are underpinned and informed by:
-The LGA Employer Standards for Social Work and the Supervision Standards
-The Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work (PCF)
-The Chief Social Worker Knowledge and Skills Statements
-The HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Social Work in England and Standards for Continuing Professional Development

They offer a flexible and development approach by which social workers can develop and gain academic credit towards an Advanced Social Work MA or a Professional Education and Training MA; or a Professional Development in Social Work PgDip or PgCert.

All modules include application of learning to professional practice. There are specialist modules for social workers working with children and young people, their families and carers; social workers working with adults; practice educators and professional educators and trainers and for managers. All modules can be taken as 'free standing' modules.

-Postgraduate Certificate: students must pass 60 Level 7 credits
-Postgraduate Diploma: students must pass 120 Level 7 credits
-MA: students must pass 180 Level 7 credits (including the Capstone Research Project)

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Working with adults
-Enhancing Knowledge and Skills for Social Workers in Adult Services
-Best Interests Assessor
-Frameworks for Effective Safeguarding Practice with Adults
-Managing Professional Responses to Safeguarding Adults at Risk
-Safeguarding Adults at Risk

Working with children and young people
-Enhancing Knowledge and Skills for Child and Family Social Workers
-Frameworks for Effective Safeguarding Practice with Children and Families

Professional education and training, leadership and management
-Leading and Managing People in Social Work Practice
-Leading and Managing in Social Work and Social Care Organisations
-Planning and Delivery of Training
-Practice Education Stage 1
-Practice Education Stage 2
-Psychology of Teaching and Learning
-Supervision of Professional Practice

Social work research
-Capstone Research Project

Progression in practice at ASYE/social worker level (PCF)
-Effective Written Professional Communication in Social Work

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Our MSc in Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing is an innovative, contemporary course unique to the University of Hertfordshire. Read more
Our MSc in Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing is an innovative, contemporary course unique to the University of Hertfordshire. Relevant, wide-reaching and multidisciplinary, it equips you with the advanced skills and understanding to make a real difference to children and their families.

We’ve created this new Master’s degree to appeal to anyone working with children and young people, across a whole range of settings, from healthcare to home. Whether you’re a teacher, carer, parent, healthcare practitioner, early years professional, children’s centre worker, youth centre worker or safeguarding specialist, it’s a hugely rewarding development opportunity.

Studying for a Master’s with such an exciting breadth and multidisciplinary approach also gives you the chance to explore relevant disciplines directly affecting younger people. The course is part of the University’s programme of postgraduate wellbeing courses and has strong links to the three other strands: mental health, social practice and intellectual and developmental disability.

Throughout your course you’ll learn alongside students on these other pathways, gaining insights into current thinking and practice. This encourages an interconnected, integrated approach to children and young people’s needs – something that’s becoming an increasingly important part of the way we view and work with children, families and carers today.

Course Structure

Here at Hertfordshire, you can study for your MSc in Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing part time, on a modular basis. This flexibility makes it a great choice if you’re fitting your studies around your career and other commitments.

Most of our students complete their MSc in two to six years, but there are opportunities to finish earlier, with alternative qualifications:
-Postgraduate Certificate in Wellbeing: 60 completed credits
-Postgraduate Diploma in Wellbeing: 120 completed credits
-MSc Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing: 180 completed credits

Why choose this course?

-Take a unique, highly relevant Master’s degree that develops you professionally, personally, intellectually and academically
-Tackle a subject of growing global importance and make a real difference to children, young people, families and carers
-Advance your career, whether you’re working in healthcare, education, childcare, children’s centres, youth centres or child-focused departments and agencies
-Gain valuable experience of inter-professional practice as part of a diverse, multidisciplinary student community

Careers

We’ve created this rewarding Hertfordshire Master’s to give you advanced skills, practical experience and powerful insights into the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

If you’re developing your existing career in healthcare, education, childcare, safeguarding or welfare, you’ll graduate with a respected, contemporary Master’s qualification and the experience you need to make real career progress. If you’re new to this field, your Master’s will open up career possibilities in all of these settings and demonstrate a real commitment to your specialism.

Teaching methods

Our inspiring academic team has a huge amount of academic and professional experience in children and young people’s health and wellbeing. Together, they’ll support you in developing a deeper knowledge of this rewarding subject, using a whole range of teaching methods.

You’ll learn through lectures, tutorials and masterclasses, as well as flipped classroom approaches, which see you preparing for each session online so your classroom experience can be more interactive and dynamic. We also run sessions in high-tech exemplar classrooms where you’ll be able to learn about integrated working through practical group exercises.

As part of your course you’ll study independently too, conducting research, studying online, watching videos and using discussion boards to debate ideas with fellow students. Through our StudyNet online learning portal, you can access your course materials, contact your tutors and work with your peers whenever and wherever you like.

You’ll also be able to use our attractive, on-campus Learning Resources Centres 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They have extensive collections of recommended and related books, journals and digital resources, as well as around 1,200 computers and a team of expert advisors who can help you find what you need.

Structure

Optional Modules
-Care and Assessment of the Acutely Ill Child
-Care and Assessment of the Acutely Ill Child
-Concepts and Theories of Wellbeing
-Dissertation
-Integrated Working for Children and Young Peoples Health and Wellbeing
-Integrating Research with Professional Practice
-Safeguarding : Working with Risk and Opportunity

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This course is for professionals from statutory, voluntary and independent sector agencies. It’s suitable for social workers, health visitors, doctors, nurses, CP liaison teachers and members of fostering and adoption teams. Read more

About the course

This course is for professionals from statutory, voluntary and independent sector agencies. It’s suitable for social workers, health visitors, doctors, nurses, CP liaison teachers and members of fostering and adoption teams.

If you work in a residential, community, hospital or day care setting and you’re involved in safeguarding and other statutory assessments, the course will enhance your capability.

We’ll help you to:

Keep a clear focus on the needs of the child.
Make clear and defensible judgements.
Explore issues that relate to your job.
Work with professionals from other disciplines.

Where your masters can take you

Our graduates are academics, researchers and health and social care professionals. Others become managers or administrators in the public and private sectors.

How we teach

Our teaching is rigorous and research-led. We encourage you to think critically, to learn research techniques and develop transferable skills. We also help you to develop the personal attributes that will make you highly employable. The department is a friendly place, where staff and postgraduates work together as colleagues.

Our interdisciplinary approach brings together sociologists, social policy analysts, social workers and social anthropologists. Our empirical research is internationally recognised. We make significant contributions to policy debates.

Course content

Integrated Safeguarding; Public Law; Out of Home Care; Evidence-Informed Practice; Child Development and Communication with Children; Parenting Capacity; Interventions to Promote Change; Supervision and Safeguarding.

There’s a CPD route for qualified practitioners: you can take modules one at a time, as stand-alone courses. You can use the credits to build up to a degree at your own pace if you want to.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is conducted through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, small-group work and problem-solving.

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One year full time or max of 4 years part time. Health visiting. – Evidence-based Practice for Public Health. – Introduction to Public Health. Read more

Duration

One year full time or max of 4 years part time

Course units

Health visiting
– Evidence-based Practice for Public Health
– Introduction to Public Health
– Leadership and Management in Public Health
– Promoting the Health of Children and Families
– Assessing the Health Needs of Populations (Health Visiting)
– Safeguarding Children and Families
– Developing Practice Through Work-based Learning (Health Visiting)
– Practice Unit including Nurse Prescribing (Health Visiting)

School Nursing
– Evidence-based Practice for Public Health
– Introduction to Public Health
– Leadership and Management in Public Health
– Promoting the Health of Children and Families
– Assessing the Health Needs of Populations (School Nursing)
– School Health in Action: Safeguarding Children
– Developing Practice Through Work-based Learning (School Nursing)
– Practice Unit including Nurse Prescribing (School Nursing)

Assessment methods
Examination, assignment, poster presentation and presentations.

Course description

This programme focuses on public health nursing and prepares qualified nurses for registration on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.

Applicants will choose a defined area of practice – either health visiting or school nursing. Both of these pathways promote the health of individuals, groups and populations and prevent ill health through taking a proactive approach to practice.

Through partnership working, health visitors and school nurses seek to enable clients to take control of their lives whilst safeguarding vulnerable individuals and populations. Public health work that promotes social inclusion and reduces inequalities in health is central to practice.

You will be encouraged to identify your learning needs in professional practice, in partnership with your practice teacher, and to develop competencies in areas that will enable you to meet the course learning.

Career Opportunities

On graduation from this programme you can expect to work in a range of settings dependant on your chosen specialist pathway. These settings include working with families, in schools and workplaces including the primary and secondary settings within the NHS, commercial and industrial settings or in a consultancy role.

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Please note. you can take free-standing modules as part of your CPPD in social work. The following qualifications are also available. Read more
Please note: you can take free-standing modules as part of your CPPD in social work. The following qualifications are also available:
-Professional Development in Social Work PgCert
-Professional Development in Social Work PgDip

Choose Kingston's Advanced Social Work MA

The Advanced Social Work MA offers a professional development pathway to assist qualified social workers in meeting capabilities and standards of practice consistent with the role of experienced and advanced practitioners. It incorporates recent changes in social work education and professional regulation, such as the introduction of the Professional Capability Framework (PCF) (The College of Social Work, 2010) and standards for continuing professional development set by Health and Care Professions Council.

This course aims to provide busy practitioners with structured opportunities for critical reflection within a well-resourced and research-informed learning community. Designed and managed in close consultation with local and regional employers and representatives of partner agencies and people who access social work services, the programme complements the range of development opportunities available to social workers (including in-house training and personal career planning). It also acts as a springboard for those wishing to progress to doctoral studies.

What will you study?

The course is attuned to the vision of the Professional Capabilities Framework for social workers, which anticipates that experienced social workers may pursue multiple routes to progression. Consequently, you can combine specialist components related, for example, to effective safeguarding practice, with generic elements, such as supervision, professional education and leadership, management and decision-making. This flexible format allows you to construct a programme of study to suit your professional profile and areas of developing expertise while benefiting from exchange with practitioners in other specialist roles.

Research skills are central to the programme and a 'capstone' research project will enable you to produce an account of original research that is suitable for publication in a refereed journal.

Assessment

Presentations, critical reviews, posters, portfolio of practice, assessed practice, projects and a 'capstone' project.

Course structure

-Postgraduate Certificate: two modules (each of 30 Level 7 credits)
-Postgraduate Diploma: four modules (each of 30 Level 7 credits)
-MA: four modules (each of 30 Level 7 credits) plus a 'capstone' project of 60 credits

At Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma level, you may select modules from the list below. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

To achieve the MA you will undertake a 'capstone' research project and produce an article for suitable for publication.

Available modules
-Safeguarding Adults at Risk
-Managing Professional Responses to Safeguarding Adults at Risk
-Practice Education Stage 1
-Practice Education Stage 2
-Supervision of Professional Practice
-Mentoring, Coaching and Advanced Assessment of Professional Practice
-Leading and Managing People in Social Work Practice
-Leading and Managing in Social Work and Social Care Organisations
-Final Capstone Project

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