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Postgraduate PCert, PDip, MA

Advanced Child Protection (Distance Learning)

Gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take a child-centred approach to your practice and working life and take the next step in your career.

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Overview

The MA and other postgraduate courses in Advanced Child Protection - delivered by the Centre for Child Protection – are a fantastic opportunity to expand your knowledge through a 360 degree approach to child protection, giving you the skills and confidence to take the next step in your career and make a real difference. You’ll be joining an environment opportunity to access a diverse pool of knowledge in an environment that allows you to question and excel.

What you'll learn

You’ll gain a 360-degree perspective on child protection, introducing you to the viewpoints of academics, practitioners, organisations, parents, children and young people, integrated with contemporary research theory and policy. You'll understand the impact that technology has on protecting children, and consider the effect of the globalisation of the abuse and exploitation of vulnerable children.

During your studies, you are encouraged to develop advanced communication skills, reflective analysis and the critical use of research. We also promote the confident use of direct work skills with adults and children.

Standalone modules

It is possible to study certain individual modules from the MA on a Standalone basis. Each of our postgraduate standalone modules takes 10 weeks to complete and is equivalent to 20 credits at Master's level. They provide a taster and introduction to studying at the Centre for Child Protection, and if you wish to continue studying, you can use the credits from your taster modules to work towards a qualification in Advanced Child Protection (PCert, PDip or MA). However, please note that to join the postgraduate programme, you need to meet our entry requirements (detailed below). For further information about Standalone modules, including costs, see the Centre for Child Protection website.

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Why study Advanced Child Protection (Distance Learning) at Kent?

Award-winning teaching.

You'll benefit from access to our award-winning training simulations and innovative learning tools and techniques. 

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Independent rankings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 100% of our Social work and social policy research was classified as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for impact and environment.

Following the REF 2021, Social work and social policy at Kent was ranked 3rd for research in the UK in the Times Higher Education.

Your degree. Your way.

Distance learning and part-time delivery means you can study alongside your career, getting both the experience and qualifications to take the next step.

Connections that matter.

The Centre for Child Protection maintains key partnerships with the NSPCC, the NHS, the Home Office and Kent Police (Special Branch).

360 approach.

You'll study child protection from all perspectives - academics, practitioners, organisations, parents, children and young people. 

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Meet Chloe

Advanced Child Protection graduate Chloe Banks speaks to us about her career after Kent as a Child Protection Manager, including piloting a new Family Strengthening programme.

Your future

Our Master’s and stand-alone modules give you the opportunity to further your career and expertise in child protection. As well as benefiting from Kent’s academic excellence, you gain insight into multi-agency relationships and responsibilities. 

The Centre for Child Protection attracts students from across social work, health, education, police, law, probation and the third sector, and widens your potential learning experience.

The distance learning delivery of the Master’s programme enables you to fit learning around your life and work commitments and you have the chance to apply your knowledge as you progress. Each cohort contains a unique mix of experiences and professions, providing a valuable opportunity for information exchange and networking.

Our teaching is informed by leading research, meaning that you are not only taught through award-winning methods, but the content of what you are learning is at the very forefront of the field. Putting you in the driving seat for your career and future. Wherever you want to go in your career, Advanced Child Protection at Kent is a great first step to get you there.


Career support
Whether you want to get ahead in your current career, change lanes, or kickstart a new one – we are here to help you realise your ambition.

Fees and funding

January entry

The annual tuition fees for students starting this course in January 2024 can be found on the Student Finance page.

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

Search our scholarships finder for possible funding opportunities. You may find it helpful to look at both:

Scholarships

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

Please note: Application deadline 1 December for the upcoming January start. Applications received after this date will be considered for entry the following year, with the exception of applications for entry to our standalone modules, which we are happy to continue to receive and consider beyond this date (for entry in January and other later entry points)

Learn more about the applications process or begin your application by clicking on a link below.

Once started, you can save and return to your application at any time.

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We are here to support your postgraduate journey.

Top 50

Kent ranked top 50 in The Complete University Guide 2024.

Fees and funding

Support for funding so you can focus on your studies.

Research excellence

Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.

Student Support

Wherever you are studying from, you will have full access to our student support and wellbeing services.