Accredited CPD Courses
Advanced Child Protection Studies PgCert/PgDip/MSc
University of Birmingham
This masters programme in Advanced Child Protection Studies is designed to develop students’ specialist knowledge within the field of child protection and safeguarding. It will interest those who are currently employed, involved, or interested in the field, whether in a leadership, practice, or support role. It is taught by experienced practitioners and experts in the field and provides students with the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest. There are four 30-credit modules over two years (two each year) and a dissertation in year three to achieve the MSc. This child protection masters course is an online and distance learning programme, which combines innovative learning and teaching techniques with interaction with the tutor and fellow students. Students are provided with the same level of teaching as received by those on campus with the additional benefit of having the flexibility to study anywhere at any time. No specialist knowledge in technology is required, students just need to have access to the internet and know how to use it. Learning activities are structured to provide simplicity and students are supported throughout the programme.
Module 1: Law, Policy and Inter-Agency Working: A 2 hr timed assessment; An organisational observation*; A proposal to improve some aspect of inter-agency working / policy. *A process observation requires the observer to observe and reflect on the general atmosphere and the social environment of the situation being observed, and to attend to the nature of the emotional relationships between the different participants or groups involved. Module 2: Risk, Analysis and Decision Making: A short literature review; An organisational observation*; A proposal to improve some aspect of service delivery related to the investigation or assessment of some aspect of child protection. Module 3: Help, Advice and Direct Work: A short literature review; An organisational observation*; A proposal to improve some aspect of service delivery related to help, assistance or direct work. Module 4: Organizations, Systems and Leadership: A short literature review; An organisational observation*; A proposal to improve some aspect of service delivery related to service design or service delivery. Module 5: Dissertation: A 10,000 word dissertation
2 x modules = 60 credits (PgCert) 4 x modules = 120 credits (PgDip) 4 x modules + Dissertation = 180 credits (MSc) Each module may be taken separately as a 30 credit module