The MA in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People will enhance your knowledge and academic confidence. It provides specialist knowledge in children’s rights and participation and child safeguarding as well as an introduction to a broad range of practical, legal and theoretical approaches.
Aimed at practitioners working with children and young people who wish to update their knowledge or develop their ability to critique and innovate in their practice, the course is also suitable for recent graduates seeking to specialise in this area.
The course has local links to voluntary and statutory sector provision for children and young people in social work, education and health. It is also part of the European Network of Masters in Children’s Rights and through this provides opportunities to engage with international networks.
This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.
If a full-time student cannot continue their studies then there is an exit award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People which is detailed in the programme specification. To be eligible for this award, a student must have obtained 60 credits.
For any MA student who cannot continue their studies and who has 120 credits, there is an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Practice with Children and young People.
Students can access the seminar series run through the School of Social Work, Care and Community, where leading international scholars present their latest research to staff, students and practitioners.
The teaching staff have practice and academic experience and include some of the leading international authors in the field.
Each module has clear Learning Outcomes and the student is assessed through a combination of presentations and written assignments. The choice of assignment subject is open, to enable each student to focus upon their specific interest while evidencing they have achieved the learning outcomes. Each piece of work must meet the 50% mark to pass and assignments are submitted and marked electronically.
The wider benefits of choosing to study at UCLan include; lecturers who build confidence and skills in professionals who are returning to academic study. The peer support from other students and networking opportunities are significant. Free access to complimentary lectures and seminars with international researchers and academics. Library access 24/7 with online access to library resources, blackboard facilities, gym, student discount, complimentary software and study support.
This programme, developed in partnership with the NHS, combines academic teaching with clinical practice training in applied psychology for children and young people.
It offers an opportunity to develop knowledge and competence in the delivery of evidence-based psychological interventions, for this specific group.
This programme aims to train psychology graduates in the range of skills and competencies essential for the delivery of tier two psychological assessments and interventions in a range of services for children, young people and their families.
You will be employed in a one-year clinical placement in the Scottish NHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, gaining valuable experience applying psychological theory to practice, under the supervision of a qualified clinical psychologist.
Alongside essential elements for applied psychologists in health (e.g. assessment and formulation, and evaluation) and child and adolescent mental health professionals (e.g. safeguarding children, child and adolescent development and health promotion), there is a particular focus on the early years and early intervention. There is also a strong emphasis on parenting and supporting parents through evidence-based models of parent-focused intervention.
The clinical experience gained on placement facilitates linking theory to practice and fosters the development of professional skills necessary for post-qualification practice.
The programme is a one year, full-time course with teaching delivered at both the University of Edinburgh and NHS partnership sites in Glasgow.
Clinical placements will be with one of the NHS Health Boards within Scotland.
This programme will qualify you to apply for Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology (Children and Young People) posts, or equivalent, in a number of settings, both within the NHS and in other organisations, such as the voluntary sector.
You will also gain highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management.
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.
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.
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.
Studying on this course enables you to develop your knowledge and skills to work with children, young people, their families and carers to improve health and wellbeing.
You learn to develop a pragmatic public health philosophy for family healthcare and an evidence-based skill set applicable to the challenges of contemporary practice.
To meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards, your studies consists of 50% practice and 50% theory (alongside 100% attendance). We structure the postgraduate diploma to reflect the important balance of the practice elements, which are designated practice days or work-based learning. A 10 week consolidated practice block (in semester 3) enables you to work independently while remaining under the supervision of a practice teacher. The theoretical elements involve a mix of learning approaches including self-directed study days.
Another key aspect of your studies is to develop an understanding of the levels of accountability and responsibility you take on in these roles. You learn how to ensure public protection is developed to deliver safe and effective health improvements to individuals, groups and communities.
There are many opportunities on the course to share learning from your peers and other disciplines from across the primary /community care teams and services that work with children, young people and families.
When you start to put what you have learnt into practice, you benefit from strong partnerships with health, education and local authority organisations in the region.
The modern and diverse placements you go on are designed to meet the changing needs of children, young people and families, and may include placement with social services, education and a variety of organisations from the voluntary sector – foster collaborations with those that work alongside health visitors and school nurses.
You also complete a research-based module which provides a building block for further study from the exit award of PgDip to MSc qualification. The learning from the research module equips you to use policy and research to underpin and develop innovative practice and gives you the skills to frame a research question, take empirical research and write up an academic dissertation. If you successfully complete the PgDip, you can at a later date (pending additional funding and study) undertake a 60 credit dissertation module and gain an MSc qualification.
Experienced course teaching team
Experienced health visitor and school nurse lecturers deliver the course. As a student you learn from a highly motivated and proactive teaching team aiming to improve lives through excellence in professionalism. We ensure our students and the public benefit from a commitment to evidence-based education, application to practice and impact on quality of care.
Some lecturers are engaged in ongoing research and are publishing in peer reviewed journals with areas of expertise that include safeguarding, the child and families agenda, behaviour change and community development.
Four members of our teaching team are also Fellows of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), a professional body which strives for excellence in the health visiting profession.
Successfully completing the course
Gaining an MSc qualification enhances your employability in advanced and specialist roles available to health visitors and school nurses. These may include working in public health positions in local authorities or in advisory and health education positions in acute health care.
Study individual modules
You have the option to study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit our continuing professional development website for more information.
This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse - Health Visitor or School Nurse.
You must be registered with the NMC in order to practise as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in the UK.
To access the full course and gain the NMC recognised qualifications, you need to be sponsored by an employing NHS organisation (hence have NHS contract for the length of the course).
Postgraduate diploma modules
You will enhance your professional and academic development on this course. Completing the course enables you to be registered with the NMC as a registered specialist community public health nurse - as either a health visitor or school nurse (SCPHN-HV or SCPHN-SN). It also enables you to be annotated on the NMC register as a community practitioner nurse prescriber. This course will also provide you with advanced skills in research.
As a health visitor or school nurse you will develop specialist skills and attributes to work in different health, social and educational settings. You gain experience of public health at an individual, family and community level, working with children, young people, families.
You can develop your career
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.
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.
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.
You will experience a range of assessments in the form of reflective accounts, presentations and essays related to practice in the field of safeguarding
In the challenging arena of specialist child care practice 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 comprehensive understanding and application of knowledge related to child 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 children and young people; and learning opportunities to develop and to enhance decision-making skills in complex safeguarding situations involving children and young people.
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.
The University has been endorsed by the College of Social Work as a provider of CPD training.
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.
Students who are enrolled with the School of Social Work, Care and Community may be eligible for international travel opportunities relevant to their study.
On successful completion of this award students can progress to PGDip/MA awards as part of their CPD. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit http://www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd
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 child care practice, 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 child care practice
• Provide learning opportunities for students who are practitioners to generate new approaches to safeguarding policy and practice in work with children and young people
• Provide learning opportunities for students who are practitioners to develop and to enhance decision-making skills in complex safeguarding situations involving children and young people
• 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
Our MA Social Work course will help you become a highly effective social worker through a combination of teaching and practice placements.
Our course meets the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for social work practice in England, the Knowledge and Skills Statements for children, adult and mental health social workers, and the regulatory requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
You will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified social worker with the HCPC upon completion of the course.
You will benefit from particularly high quality placements and greater input from practising social workers through our membership of the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy, a government-sponsored Teaching Partnership that ensures close links between local employers and universities across Greater Manchester.
Both placements and taught elements will help you learn how to work with a variety of user groups in a range of settings.
The course aims to:
Benefit from a range of innovative teaching and learning methods that integrate theory and practice, actively involving service users, carers and current social work practitioners.
We encourage students to take an active involvement in shaping the course.
170 days of placements
You will have two high quality statutoryplacements within a local authority, voluntary or private agency, which will enable you to develop into a confident, resilient and reflective social work practitioner.
Greater employment opportunities
We are a member of the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy teaching partnership and have strong links with social work employers across the region.
You will receive outstanding study, placement and personal support from staff and fellow students.
Addressing the philosophy of Athena SWAN , we look to minimise early starts and late finishes, and ensure Christmas, New Year and Easter are included in your annual leave entitlement.
You will have access to teaching staff who actively undertake research in health and social care at a university rated number one in the UK under the Research Excellence Framework (Unit of Assessment 3) in this area.
Our staff's specialist research interests include deaf people and children (SORD), adoption and looked after children, safeguarding practice, law for social workers, mental health, LGBT, learning for professional practice and researching social work pedagogy.
You will learn from experts in social work through interactive teaching sessions incorporating lectures and workshops at the University. See the teaching and learning page for more information.
You will develop practical skills and experience through placements. See the placements page for more information.
We use a range of assessment methods to accommodate different learning styles and learning outcomes.
These include using simulated visits and assessments, essays, case studies and group presentations. We may use other formats.
You will be assessed for your readiness for direct practice (ARDP) prior to commencing your first practice placement, and will be assessed at the end of your first and final practice placements.
Learning in the first year provides a solid foundation where students are introduced to key knowledge and skills and prepared for professional practice.
You will learn about what social work is and develop necessary practice skills. You will explore the context social work operates in, including the legal framework and professional safeguarding responsibilities.
You will take:
Learning in the second year provides an in-depth understanding of the processes that govern and inform social work processes and interventions with a range of service user groups.
The Foundations of Research course will prepare you for completing a dissertation for your MA award.
Your dissertation provides an opportunity for you to undertake in depth study on a social work-related topic or aspect of practice.
You will take: