MSc/PGDip/PGCert Advanced Child Protection Studies
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught
How long it takes:
Part time programme – PGCert one year, PGDip two years, MSc 30 months. Full time programme – M.Sc 18 month
Distance learning/ Campus
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Newcastle Law School
To obtain the MSc students will complete four 30 credit modules and a 60 credit dissertation.
- Part time students take 2 modules in years 1 and 2 and the dissertation module in year 3.
- Full time students take 4 modules in year one and complete the dissertation component in year 2
Law, Policy and Inter-agency Working (30 credits)
Year one, semester one part time and full time students
Child protection work necessarily takes place within a defined but often contested – and indeed ever changing – legal and policy context. Understanding this context is essential if we are to a) understand how child protection services are organised and delivered, and b) ensure that the delivery of these services is ethical, humane and, ultimately, lawful. This module thus aims to equip you with the necessary up-to-date legal and policy knowledge in order to effectively critique service delivery at all levels within the ‘child protection system’.
Risk, Analysis and Decision Making (30 credits)
Year one semester 2 part time and full time students
Everyone involved with safeguarding or child protection work, be they practitioners, managers, and policy makers will be concerned with the analysis of risk and the decision making that stems from this. This module therefore develops your ability to critically analyse the current processes, methods, and frameworks utilised in contemporary child protection practice, while critically reflecting on your own practice and the practice within the systems that you work in.
Help, Support and Direct Work (30 credits)
Year two semester 1, part time students. Year one semester 1, full time students
Good child protection practice results in children being safe and well cared for. How to achieve this, however, is far from straightforward; and everyone involved in child protection work need to be able to identify, support, and promote practice that keeps children safe, while adhering to ethical standards of practice. This module therefore explores the evidence and practice base of, and for, direct practice so that you can develop greater knowledge about how to engage, motivate, and assist (when necessary) people to change, to ensure that children and young people are kept safe.
Organizations, Systems and Leadership (30 credits)
Year two semester 2, part time students. Year one semester 2, full time students.
Child protection practice operates within and across a range of complex organisations and systems. However, we continue to see very similar failures in quality and safety within a range of professional cultures. This module takes a systems view of the child protection field to critically consider the assumptions that underlie many of these policy responses that provide the foundation for contemporary child protection practice. It will critically interrogate how these systems have been designed and look at how we might design safer systems around a more sophisticated understanding of the relational dynamics within and between different professional groups.
Dissertation (60 credits)
Year three semester 1, part time students. Year two semester 1, full time students
The dissertation module is a key component of the programme which aims to facilitate the development of higher-level critical analysis, and to develop your capacities for knowledge-informed practice and more original thinking in relation to the complex issues that arise in the field of child protection.
All the modules are compulsory
Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.
Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.
This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:
- An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
- Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
- Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
- Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs
Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21
MSc: Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300
Tuition fees for International students 2020/21
MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
The course particularly offers successful candidates the potential to:
- enhance their careers through developing an expert or specialist child protection role in the work place
- develop a research or development role within child protection or safeguarding organisations
- further develop their academic studies in the field of child protection, safeguarding and child welfare
Please note that the programme does not lead to a professional qualification.