The Centre for Child Protection

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Standalone Modules

We provide professionals with the opportunity to study modules from our MA in Advanced Child Protection programme as 10 week standalone modules. These are a great taster to Master’s level study. Upon successful completion of the module(s) you will be awarded 20 MA credits from the University of Kent which you can then take forward to progress onto our MA. Please note that all entry requirements for the MA would need to be met and you will also need to make an online application at this link.

These modules are all taught through the Centre’s successful distance and online learning format and consist of high quality academic resources and interactive learning tools, as well as expert video lectures from professionals and academics in the field of child protection including the Centre’s Co-Director Professor David Shemmings OBE. 

Each module is assessed through a 5000 word written assignment (85% of module grade) and contribution to online discussion forums (15%).

Each module costs £1285.00, and group/organisational discounts can be discussed. Due to the short length of these modules, the fee will need to be paid in full before the module start date (please note that our standalone module ‘Direct Work with Children’ Module SO947 is not part of the MA programme and as a completely standalone module, is costed at £895.00).

Download our MA Standalone Modules leaflet.

Below is a list of the modules and the periods of study. For MA and PGDip, students may choose between 5a and 5b:

1. ‘Definitions, prevalence, causes and consequences of child abuse and neglect’ (Module SO927):
January – March each year, Assignment due in April.
This 10 week module will provide students with a historical and contemporary perspective of child abuse and examine child and family centred practice, and will allow students to explore definitions of abuse, nationally and internationally.  A significant area of research will be drawn upon with regards to the role of men in child protection.  The module will also introduce key agencies in the field.
To book your place on this module please follow this link to the University online store and you will also need to make an online application at this link

2. ‘Contemporary child protection practice and policies’ (Module SO928):
April – June each year, Assignment due in June.
The aim of this 10 week module is to focus on contemporary child protection policies and practice and provide the current legal context for child protection. In particular it will discuss policy and practice following the Munro Review (2011) and it will draw upon the implications of inter-professional and interdisciplinary research, theory and practice pre- and post- Baby Peter Connelly.  The module will focus upon key agencies in child protection and practitioner communication skills.  Students will be introduced to the Centre’s child protection simulation, ‘Rosie 2’, where they will have the opportunity to analyse the different skills of practitioners involved in child protection practice.
To book your place on this module please follow this link to the University online store and you will also need to make an online application at this link

3. ‘Undertaking Social Research’ (Module SO926):
April – June each year, 5000 word Assignment is split into 2 with the first (2000 words) due in July and the second (3000) words due in August.
This 10 week module provides students with the critical skills to analyse different approaches to research and to develop skills to design good research themselves. This is carried out in this module by introducing key issues in the philosophy, design and ethics of social research. The module introduces the differing aims and philosophical viewpoints within social research; considers whether these aims determine whether research should be ‘qualitative’ or ‘quantitative’ (and other aspects of research design); covers the key criteria on which to judge the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative and quantitative research: validity, generalisability, and causal inference; explains the practical constraints on research; debates the ethics of every aspect of research practice – not just in the conduct of the research but in the very choice of research question and the link of research to policy/practice. By the end of the course students should be able to critique a range of social research and the methods used and write a dissertation plan of their own.
To book your place on this module please follow this link to the University online store and you will also need to make an online application at this link

4. ‘New perspectives on assessment and observation’ (Module SO929):
September – November each year, Assignment due in November.
This 10 week module provides professionals with in depth knowledge about current assessment practice including the Attachment and Relationship-Based Practice Project. The likelihood of maltreatment is significantly higher where a child demonstrates disorganized attachment behavior and this thread runs throughout the module, paying special attention to the behavior of the caregiver. The module is suitable for a wide range of professionals who work with complex family circumstances.
To book your place on this module please follow this link to the University online store and you will also need to make an online application at this link

5a. ‘Support, help and intervention: what works, how and when?’ (Module SO930):
February – April each year, Assignment due in April.
This 10 week module aims to provide students with a chance to discuss various types of intervention used by agencies in child protection, exploring issues of diversity, anti-oppressive practice, cultural and emotional intelligence.  Targeted interventions as well as universal services will be considered. The module will significantly consider service users’ perspectives of the support which is available as well as what works and what does not work.
To book your place on this module please follow this link to the University online store and you will also need to make an online application at this link

5b. ‘Support, help and intervention in International Child Protection’ (Module SO979):
February – April each year, Assignment due in April
This 10 week module aims to provide students with a chance to develop a critical understanding of international child protection practice. It will facilitate analytical discussion and expression of informed views on various types of international child protection interventions used by agencies across the world by exploring issues of diversity, anti-oppressive practice, cultural and emotional intelligence and the politics of international policy design. The module will significantly consider service users' perspectives of the support as well as what does and does not work. It will consider implications and interpretations of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child and robustly evaluate this legislation in practice. This module also aims to critique and consider partnership collaboration in working across boarders in the best interest of protecting the rights of children. More details download the leaflet. To book your place on this module please follow this link to the University online store and you will also need to make an online application at this link

6. ‘The Unconscious at work: the organizational dimensions of risk-management’ (Module SO931):
April – July each year, Assignment due in July.
The aim of this 10 week module is to focus on how the individual child protection professional inner world is affected by and, in turn, effects the institutional practices embedded in the workplace in terms of working in child protection. Organisational and workplace features are considered from a psychosocial perspective, particularly in terms of different models of supervision.
To book your place on this module please follow this link to the University online store and you will also need to make an online application at this link

Please note that these modules run every year and the exact start/end dates will vary within the month itself as indicated above.

If you are interested and/or wish to discuss the modules further, please contact Vanisha Jassal (Lecture and Tutor for Standalone Modules) at v.jassal@kent.ac.uk

If you wish to purchase a module then please pay via credit card at the online shop link at the top right of this page. To be invoiced for payment, please contact us with your Purchase Order details at ccp@kent.ac.uk and you will also need to make an online application at this link.

 

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