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NPCH3010 The Context of Care for Children, Young People and their Families

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Examine and select appropriate evidence to inform effective individualised health promotion for children and young people.
  • Critically consider the interrelationship between children’s lifespan development and the delivery of child centred care.
  • Appraise how individual differences, capabilities and needs influence therapeutic relationships with children, young people and their families
  • Discuss the nature of evolving professional roles within contemporary systems of child health care delivery.
  • Critically discuss contemporary ethical, legal, professional and philosophical perspectives on children’s rights and best interests.


• Health promotion with children, young people and their families in order to prevent later ill health • Empowering and enabling children and young people to participate in care delivery, and in decisions affecting their care. • Children’s understanding of their healthcare needs and how this underpins informed choice • Initiating, maintaining and disengaging from therapeutic relationships between children, families and healthcare professionals • Tailoring therapeutic interventions to care context • Lifespan development – infant to young adult – and its application to child health nursing practice • Forming effective and appropriate partnerships and alliances with children and their carers • Education of children and families in relation to self-care • Play, distraction and communication tools • Communication with children with cognitive or sensory impairment • Communication and therapeutic interventions for children and young people with mental health problems • Communication technologies • Consent • Confidentiality • Children’s rights and best interests, and their interface with family centred care • Advocacy • Children as carers • Children as service users and their participation in service evaluation and development • Nurse as a change agent • Nursing roles in contemporary child health practice

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Key note lectures Directed Study activities Self-Directed Study Student Presentations

Independent Study149.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Institute of Health Promotion and Education.

Santrock J (2008). Lifespan Development. 

DH and DFES (2008). The child health promotion programme: Pregnancy and the first five years.. 

Glasper E.A and Richardson J (2010). Textbook of Children and Young Peoples Nursing. 

Shribman, S (2007). Making It Better: for children and young people - clinical case for change. 

Hubley. J and Copeman, J (2008). Practical Health Promotion. 


Assessment Strategy

Professional conversation with a supporting poster.


MethodPercentage contribution
Professional conversation  (15 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Professional conversation  (15 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Professional conversation  (15 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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