Support, Help and Intervention in International Child Protection - SOCI9790

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 7 20 (10) Aravinda Kosaraju checkmark-circle


This module aims to provide students with a chance to develop a critical understanding of international child protection practice. It will facilitate critical discussion and expression of informed views on various types of international child protection interventions used by agencies across the world , exploring issues of diversity, anti-oppressive practice, cultural and emotional intelligence and the politics of international policies design,. The module will significantly consider service users' perspectives of the support, which is available as well as what works and what does not work. It will consider implications and interpretations of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Child across the world and robustly evaluate this legislation in practice. This module also aims to critique and consider partnership collaboration in working across boards in the best interest of protecting the rights of children.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 32
Private study hours: 168
Total study hours: 200 hours


Advanced Child Protection (Distance Learning) MA

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Coursework – essay (5000 words) – 85%
Coursework - online forum participation – 15%
The written assignment must be passed in order for the module to be passed overall.

Reassessment methods

100% coursework.

Indicative reading

Brown, L. Lei, J. and Strydom, M. (2017). Comparing international approaches to safeguarding children: Global lesson learning. Child Abuse Review. 26, p. 247-251.
Bryce, I. (2018). A review of cumulative harm: A comparison of international child protection practices. Children Australia. (43(1), p. 23-31.
Collins, T.M. (2017). A child's right to participate: Implications for international child protection. The International Journal of Human Rights. 21(1), p. 14-46.
Gilbert, N., Parton, N. and Skivenes, M.(2011). Changing patterns of response and emerging orientations. In: Gilbert, N, Parton, N and Skivenes, M. eds. Child Protection Systems: International Trends and Orientations. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 243-257.
Thompson, H. (2012). Cash and child protection: How Cash Transfer Programming can Protect Children from Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation and Violence. Save the Children.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Demonstrate advanced awareness of different perspectives of international support, help and intervention in families where there are
global child protection concerns and evaluate the impact of these.
8.2 Be able to critically evaluate different types of international child protection interventions with mothers, fathers, parental figures and
children/young people.
8.3 Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the impact of different types of support and intervention on mothers, fathers, parental figures
and children/young people within the international child protection context.
8.4 Be able to critically reflect on service users' perceptions of global child protection support and intervention and how these might be
perceived as helpful and unhelpful in particular from the perspectives of children and young people
8.5 Understand and critically evaluate different sociological and psychological theoretical paradigms which underpin international interventions
for mothers, fathers, parental figures and children/young people in particular the perspectives of children and young
8.6 Be able to critically analyse and communicate to both specialist and non-specialist audiences different styles of global intervention and
support in child protection
8.7 Thoroughly assess the type and nature of validity of research into support and intervention in international child welfare in terms of a
holistic and life course approach rather than episodic

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 Demonstrate advanced communication skills commensurate with postgraduate and systematically assess and critically evaluate research
and empirical data.
9.2 Systematically gather, collate and interpret library and web-based research and resources on child protection issues at a level appropriate
for postgraduate study
9.3 Systematically synthesise and critically evaluate complex knowledge and theoretical perspectives from different disciplines and countries
9.4 Possess a comprehensive understanding of IT resources and appropriate techniques to robustly to follow up what they hear in recorded
online lectures and what they read in web-based material
9.5 Summarise their reading coherently, creatively and with originality in order to contribute to web based discussions
9.6 Work collaboratively with others in a systematic and creative manner during in-depth study days and in online forums to prepare and
critically discuss topics
9.7 Organise and manage their studying independently and with originality at a level commensurate with postgraduate study with online and
phone support from their tutors


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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