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Advanced Practice in Child Protection (MSc)

Course Description

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

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

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

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

What you'll learn

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

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

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

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

What you study

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

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

Year 3:
- Dissertation

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


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

School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care of Nursing

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the Advanced Practice in Child Protection (MSc) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this course are a qualified health or social care practitioner, who has a degree or equivalent experience. We look for candidates to have a background in health or social care in order to be eligible for the programme. We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. If English is not your first language, it is usually required that you sit an English language test in order to gain entry onto our postgraduate programmes.

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