Child Protection in Health Care - SOCI9830

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 7 20 (10) Aravinda Kosaraju checkmark-circle


This is a distance learning module offered to health care practitioners. Health care practitioners have a statutory duty to safeguard children and this short credit enables health care staff, particularly aimed at enabling medical students and newly qualified health professionals such as doctors, nurses, clinical commissioners, to build their knowledge and understanding of child protection in the UK. Teaching will be through virtual learning platforms with set days where live teaching blocks are offered. This course is especially suitable to professionals who have little time to undertake extensive degree programmes as they are already working fulltime/parttime within the health care profession and provides an opportunity to undertake continued professional development. It will build professional's understanding of child maltreatment, the role of health care staff in safeguarding children from harm. It will instil an understanding of the responsibilities, rights and codes of practice in protecting children and will provide an insight into what multi-agency cooperation, robust assessment and effective interventions will look like and will draw on varied theoretical perspectives, mainly emphasising the importance of child centred practice in child protection.


Contact hours

Private Study: 168
Contact Hours: 32
Total: 200


Standalone module

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Coursework- Written assignment essay (2000-words) – 50%
Coursework - 15-minute oral presentation - 50%
Both components must be passed in order for the module to be passed overall.

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.
Department of Education (2018). Working Together to Safeguard Children. London.
Foster, D. (2020) An overview of child protection legislation in England. Briefing paper Number 6787. House of Commons Library.
General Medical Council (2012) Protecting children and young people: the responsibilities of all doctors. [Accessed 06 April 2022]. [Accessed from:]
Green, P. (2019). The role of designated and named professionals in child safeguarding. Paediatrics and child health, 29 (1), pp. 1-5.
Horwath, J. and Platt, D. (Ed.) 2018. The Child's World: The Essential Guide to Assessing Vulnerable Children, Young People and Their Families, Third Edition. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Lefevre, M., Hickle, K., Luckock, B. and Ruch, G. (2017). Building trust with children and young people at risk of child sexual exploitation: The professional challenge. British Journal of Social Work, 47(8), pp. 2456-2473.
Meadows, P. Tunstill, J. George, A. Dhudwar, A. and Kurt, Z (2011) The costs and consequences of child maltreatment. London: NSPCC.
Neil, P. Hodson, D. and Taylor, J. (2019). Collaborative practice and participation: Early help to child protection. In Horwath, J. and Platt, D. (eds) The Child's World. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 159-175.
NICE (2017) Child abuse and neglect – NICE guideline [NG 76). [Accessed on 06 April 2022] [Accessed from:]
Rogowski, S. (2015) From Child Welfare to Child Protection/Safeguarding: A Critical Practitioner's View of Changing Conceptions, Policies and Practice, Practice, 27:2, 97-112.
Wilkins, D. Shemmings, D. and Pasco, C. (2019) Child abuse – An evidence base for confident practice, Fifth edition


  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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