Recognising the increasingly high-profile nature of child protection issues requiring an integrated multi-agency service response, this programme has been specially designed for practitioners working in health, police, social work, education and voluntary third sector settings.
About the programme
Protecting our children is at the very heart of society and the individuals and teams who carry out these rewarding and challenging roles make a vital contribution to the safety and well-being of present and future generations. This programme will enhance your existing skills in this sector and prepare you for a more senior specialist career.
This programme has been developed in the context of contemporary policy and practice developments relating to children’s protection and well-being in Scotland. You will have the opportunity to critically explore theoretical frameworks, research, and practice issues across professional and disciplinary boundaries in a multiagency practice environment. You will also develop a child-centred perspective in addressing the protection of children and young people. The programme is delivered on a part-time basis over one year, and adopts a blended learning approach, utilising online learning supported by twelve study days at the University’s Paisley or Lanarkshire campuses.
The course consists of three modules: • Child Protection in Context • Protecting Children • Child Protection Practice
Our Careers Adviser says
Graduates will be equipped to take on specialist child protection roles or be promoted to senior child protection roles within their agencies such as nurse consultant, social work team manager, child protection lead officer or child protection advisor. Graduates could continue their studies towards obtaining the MSc Vulnerability or MSc Health Studies.
Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.
Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.
Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.
We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.
Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –
• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia
• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting
• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative care is delivered to improve the patient journey
• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning
• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses
• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland
• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection
• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe
Candidates should normally have a degree, although those with significant practice experience will be considered for entry. All applicants must be able to draw from current practice experience in order to meet the programme’s assessment requirements. If required the Programme Leader would be happy to discuss this aspect with prospective applicants prior to submitting an application.
Recipient: University of the West of Scotland
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