To complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Child Protection Practice you will undertake three 20 credit Level 7 modules:1. Risk and the Protection of Children
This single module critically examines contemporary childhood from an international perspective including children's rights, child welfare and wellbeing, and children's experiences of harm in society. It looks at the current evidence on the signs and symptoms of child maltreatment, including incidence and prevalence rates and the risk factors associated with child abuse and neglect. Child protection prevention strategies, interventions and responses to child maltreatment are debated in relation to social and cultural contexts.2. Vulnerable Children and Young People
Adopting a risk and resiliency framework, this single module explores children and young people caught in situations of vulnerability and challenge. These may be situations which they, their parents and their communities have little experience of, and few mechanisms for coping with (children in conflicted families, children as carers, children in war zones, children in modern society, children in cultural crossfire, children with challenges, children who are exploited).3. Child Protection Practice
The module develops the knowledge and skills of a wide range of practitioners in the policy and practice of safeguarding children and young people. You explore policy frameworks, agency contexts and models of intervention in child protection and will draw upon your own professional practice as key tool for learning. There is particular focus on providing a leading role in multi-professional child protection practice settings.
Teaching and learning
The Postgraduate Certificate in Child Protection Practice by distance learning offers exciting opportunities to those of you who may be unable to attend university, but who want to study in a stimulating and dynamic online environment.
The teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the programme reflects its inter-professional, student-centred, child and family-centred and practice-oriented approach. The programme is delivered by way of a structured programme of varied learning activities, delivered on a weekly basis, through the University’s virtual learning environment.
You will benefit from a variety of online teaching methods, both traditional and innovative, which are designed to support the needs of distance learners. The coursework-based assessments are varied in style and include (but are not limited to) essays, critical reviews, case studies and critical reflections on professional practice.
Web-based distance learning materials are provided to guide you through your studies.
Approach to assessment
A broad range of assessment approaches are used on the course, including essays, critical reviews, case studies, virtual presentations and critical reflections on professional practice. Formative assessment is used extensively (each module has formative opportunities) to enable you to develop the required level of skill and knowledge in order to confidently undertake the summative assignments.
Fully distance learning and highly flexible mode of study in the University’s virtual learning
Teaching is delivered through state-of-the-art learning technologies via our Moodle platform.
The programme is delivered by distance learning but runs within the University's standard calendar of semesters so there will be specific activities to do each week during the semester and deadlines to meet for coursework submission. During the module you can interact with course tutors and fellow students, enabling for instance, discussion of topics of current interest in child welfare and wellbeing.
The teaching team includes:
This is a fully distance online course, so attendance at the University is not required. It is a highly flexible mode of study and as a course participant you can study at a time and place that suits your individual needs.