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