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HLTH6084 Safeguarding and Child Protection: Children and Young People Advancing Practice

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to have opportunity to share and enhance your knowledge, skills and experience in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. You will explore contemporary policy and legislation relating to safeguarding and child protection whilst also considering key concepts within current practice, and reflecting upon/exploring practice issues.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Build upon your theoretical background of clinical and legal issues to enhance understanding whilst critically examining practice which is encompassed within the United Kingdom and International Law. This module is very relevant to those students who wish to develop further Safeguarding knowledge who may be developing supervisory roles in Safeguarding.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse contemporary national safeguarding children policy and legislation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical background to safeguarding children, including aspects of vulnerability and resilience, ecological models of maltreatment, children’s rights, equality and diversity, and parent-child interaction
  • Critically examine and judge the evidence base for recognising and responding to indicators of child maltreatment
  • Evaluate the contribution of your service to achieving positive outcomes for all children and young people
  • Critically debate the challenges and opportunities of integrated working with other agencies and organisations
  • Demonstrate specialised knowledge and understanding of an area of safeguarding practice relevant to your role


This syllabus will examine recent significant developments in the field of safeguarding and child protection. The syllabus will enable you to enhance your practice by critically examining the knowledge skills and frameworks required in the care of children young people and their families. This module will support a philosophy of inter-agency working and anti-oppresive practice. You will learn about: • Contemporary Safeguarding Legislation, Policy and Practice • Consideration of Professional Roles and Responsibilities • Theoretical Frameworks • Child Maltreatment : Prevention, identification and referral • The Child and Young person within contemporary society • Communication skills for escalating concerns and when communicating with children, young people and their families/carers • Legal, ethical and professional issues • Current safeguarding and child protection research Current Perspectives Safeguarding children is a high profile area of work, where decision making carries a high order of risk for children. It is an area of practice characterised by anxiety and uncertainty, and requiring complex assessments of what constitutes risk. There is an increasing demand for professionals and others across a wide range of disciplines and sectors to develop an in-depth knowledge of child protection work and to demonstrate effective, evidence based skills. The module in Safeguarding and Child Protection: Children and Young People - Advancing Practice was developed to offer opportunities for continuing personal and professional development through the development of in-depth knowledge to support practitioners and others whose work or research interests lay within the wide range of services for children, young people, their parents or carers. The multi-disciplinary backgrounds and experiences of candidates are an important value added element of the course, mirroring the multi-agency working which underpins all contemporary children’s services which is required by contemporary legislation and guidance.

Special Features

As part of the module you will attend Winchester Crown Court to gain insight and awareness of Court Process and witness court Protocol.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching is centred upon andragogical teaching theory (Knowles 1990). You will take responsibility for your learning, identifying your own learning needs in relation to the learning outcomes/teaching content of the module and taking responsibility for addressing these, both in the classroom and through self-directed learning. This requires self-motivation and self-directed study. You will be expected to participate in guided classroom/small group discussions (in relation to scenarios, research papers and reflections upon practice) to learn with and from other practitioners, to enable you to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Teaching methods will include • Scenario based lectures • Lectures to critically debate evidence based knowledge for practice, using both PowerPoint and turning point (participative) technologies, • Workshops to critically examine relevant research papers and evidence based guidelines • Small group discussions/presentations • Practitioner led seminars • Sessions taught by practitioners engaged in research activities An interactive blackboard site provides electronic access to lecture notes, current research, interactive learning tools and relevant websites. You will be expected to engage with the electronic material in preparation for discussion during timetabled sessions. Knowles M (1990) The Adult Learner; A Neglected Species. (4th Edition) Houston: Gulf Publishing.

Independent Study220
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Davies. C., Ward. H (2012). Safeguarding Children Across Services: Messages from Research. 

Department of Education (2010). The Munro Review of Child Protection 1st Report - Child Protection: A Systems Analysis. 

RCM, RCPCH, RCGP, RCN, CPHVA, DH (2010). Safeguarding Children and Young People: roles and competencies for health care staff: intercollegiate document. 

Horwath J (Eds) (2009). The Childs World The Comprehensive Guide to Assessing Children in Need. 

Department of Education (2011). The Munro Review of Child Protection - Interim Report: The Child's Journey. 

Safeguarding the Needs of Children and Young People Seeking Asylum in the UK: Addressing Past Failings and Meeting Future Challenges. ,Vol 20, Issue 5 , pp. 341-360.

Ward. H, Brown. R, Westlake. D, (2012). Safeguarding Babies and Very Young Children from Abuse and Neglect: A review. 

Powell C (2011). Safeguarding and Child Protection for Nurses Midwives and Health Visitors: A Practical Guide. 

Department of Education (2011). The Munro Review of Child Protection - Final Report: A Child Centred System. 


Assessment Strategy

A discussion between you, your manager/mentor (where feasible) and the module leader will enable you to identify and plan the focus of your written assignment in relation to the achievement of the learning outcomes. The required level of academic writing for the master’s programme will be demonstrated through the adequacy of the case study, the degree to which self-awareness and insight are achieved and through critical appraisal of current practice issues and research. The in depth knowledge base and understanding will be demonstrated through critical discussion of the supportive/contrasting theory and research and its contribution to assessment. Judgements about the adequacy of the current research and theory will be made with reference to the professional practice issue/incident. Criticality will be evidenced by explorations of assumptions in practice, contextual influences and through methodological discussion of relevant research.




MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Travel Costs for placements

Students are encourage to attend half a day at Winchester Crown Court to gain insight to the court process and further insight into the Professional Role when giving evidence in court.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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