Summer Schools


Child Protection Summer School

We are currently reviewing our 2021 delivery. To register your interest for Summer 2021, contact us here.


This module is an opportunity to study the application of child protection via the Centre for Child Protection's innovative interactive simulations, inspired by a wide range of perspectives (e.g. from the family perspective, the view of the child, health and social care professionals). In this introductory module, the emphasis will be on looking at how to protect children in families and on social media. The topics will include (but not limited to):

  • Neglect
  • Emotional abuse
  • Working with children and young people
  • Online and face to face grooming
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Radicalisation
  • Child Trafficking and families on the move across Europe 

Throughout the course the students will have the opportunity to work in groups and to use the CPD accredited interactive child protection simulations to develop their learning and promote discussion.

Also included are visits to Canterbury Cathedral, Whitstable and London.

The Child Protection Summer School is part of the University of Kent Summer School programme. It will allow you to make lasting connections with students from around the world, studying a range of subjects but sharing your own enthusiasm. International study will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of another culture, make lifelong friends from a wide variety of backgrounds and benefit from globally-renowned academic excellence.

Find out what our students think of the Summer Schools on our Summer School Blog.

For additional reasons to join us, visit our Canterbury Summer Schools overview.

Providing School: International Centre for Child Protection

Campus: Canterbury

Credit Transfer Option:  100 hours of study; (equivalent to 10 UK Credits, 5 ECTS - under approval); suggested 2.5 US credits* for transfer purposes.

Price: TBC for 2021; for two weeks. Includes tuition, visits to Canterbury Cathedral, Whitstable and London, accommodation, teaching materials, welcome meal, and full library access.

*Suggested 2.5 US credits based on 1/12th of full academic year. Please check with your home institution for their UK to US credit conversion rules.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this International Summer School course, you will:

Intended specific learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate systematic knowledge and a critical understanding of key aspects of the application of protecting children in the UK as well as a systematic understanding of the processes of grooming.
  • Demonstrate the ability to systematically explore a series of key themes in child protection from a range of perspectives
  • Critically reflect upon, evaluate and present child protection research and theories.

Intended generic learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate aptitude in independent and higher level study
  • Clearly apply academic skills such as critical analysis and research in relevant academic contexts as well as participating in academic discussion
  • Exercise self-directed study and time-management consistent with research skills and onward professional career opportunities

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Learning and teaching methods

This module will be taught by means of two hours of lectures and three hours of seminars/workshops on most days (allowing for visits), a total of 42 hours.

Lectures will introduce the main themes of the course and their academic theoretical approaches, along with key skills required at higher level study.

Workshops, which may include guided study sessions or guided visits, will allow students to further explore these themes, linking the literature, lecture content and students’ understanding, and apply key academic skills.

Students will also use under supervision the Centre for Child Protection simulations ‘Rosie2’ ‘Looking out for Lottie’ ‘Zak’ ‘Young Zak’  ‘Maryam and Joe Behind Closed Doors.’

42 hours contact time during the summer school
25 hours self-study before the summer school
33 study hours during the summer school

Total: 100 hours


Assessment remains to be confirmed but will most likely include a questionnaire format 'test' and a group oral presentation (with poster or power point slides).


Indicative Timetable

Indicative Timetable Week 1 Theme: Identify global perspectives on child protection. UK focus on child protection, neglect and complex families, perspective on grooming for sexual, radicalisation and criminal exploitation.






AM:  Lecture:  Introduction to the course;

Defining child abuse & messages from research. What do we know?

 Am Lecture: Using gaming simulations to assess child protection issues in the UK

Introduction to Rosie 2, the centres interactive simulation on assessing parental capacity and neglect in complex families. You will be introduced to the family and professionals working with them. 

 Am: Lecture: Perspectives on grooming in child protection

Recognising factors and indicators of grooming for sexual, radicalisation and criminal   exploitation, messages from research and serious case reviews.

 AM: Interactive seminar: Radicalisation and grooming

Critically evaluate ‘Behind closed doors’ simulation’ in order to recognise factors and indicators of grooming for radical Islamism and the far right

Am: Interactive seminar: Gangs and grooming

An introduction to gangs, county lines and knife crime. Current understanding of methods of operation and best practice interventions. Followed by group work to explore solutions.

Lunch 12-1:00pm

Pm: Interactive Seminar:   Global perspectives 

Group work on Identifying global child protection themes and an introduction to neglect.

Pm: interactive seminar Rosie 2: Assessing the family and deciding outcomes for the children.
In small groups you will analyse the characters, content and concerns in the game and make a decision about the family.

Organised trip via Summer School team

 PM: Interactive seminar: Child sexual exploitation and grooming:

Explore ‘Looking out for Lottie’ simulation on tackling CSE and discuss factor and indicators of healthy and unhealthy relationships.   

Pm: Bringing it all together and looking forward to next week

What have we learned about protecting our children?
Introduction to final presentations based on aspects of child protection that have been introduced during the week.


Indicative Timetable Week 2:  International child protection with a focus on child trafficking, migration & supporting refugee children of different ages.  






Am: Lecture Child trafficking and migration
An overview of child trafficking and migration. Patterns, statistics, key concepts and perspectives from theory and practice.

Am: Interactive seminar: Protecting teenage girls in families on the move  

Continue working with ‘Family on the move’ focusing on support and intervention for 14 year old Yana on the journey. 

Am: Lecture: An overview of issues surrounding international cultures of abuse:

A short introduction to : Child soldiers, FGM ,breast ironing, forced marriage, (So called) ’honour’ violence  & child labour

 Am: Interactive seminar:  Direct work skills
An introduction to sand trays

Am: Final presentations by students
20 minute presentation from student group on chosen aspect of child protection

Lunch 12-1.00pm

 Pm: Interactive seminar: Working with refugee families on the move

Introduction to ‘Family on the move’, E-Learning based on supporting a refugee family as they travel through Europe.  Explore different aspects of support & intervention for the 3 young children on the journey.

Pm: Presentation planning and support
In groups  critique your chosen child protection article and identify opportunities to build & implement child protection strategies    

Organised trip via Summer School team

End of course test (1 Hour) Presentation planning and support
Prepare final presentation following on from Tuesday’s discussion in your groups.

Overview of the Summer School’s outcomes
Certificate awards

Entry Requirements for the Child Protection Summer School

The Summer Schools are primarily aimed at students currently studying at a University (Undergraduate or Postgraduate level); however, we also welcome applications from professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge of Child Protection by undertaking a short course such as this.

Applicants will need to demonstrate an interest in social issues and social policy, and aptitude for the study of Child Protection and Online Safety. This is an introductory course looking at a variety of professional areas in child protection, not specifically social work.

Applicants will also need to be confident reading, writing and discussing in English to participate in the Summer School and will have at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill. Please note that an IELTS test is not required and that we can use English language iGCSE/GCSE, iB Standard Level English, TOEFL, PTE, TOEIC, FCE/CAE, CET-4 (China) among others.

Fees and Scholarship

A reminder that you can apply for more than one Summer School.


  Earlybird Price Standard Price

Without Accommodation

TBC for 2021

TBC for 2021

With Accommodation included

TBC for 2021

TBC for 2021

We also offer a 10% discount to students from our recognised Partner Universities.

Fees Include full tuition for the summer school, accommodation, teaching materials, a welcome meal, full access to the University library facilities. Also included are visits to Canterbury Cathedral, Margate, Whitstable and to London.

Scholarship Opportunities

We will have a number of £500 Internationalisation Scholarships available for the Canterbury Summer Schools available to students not currently studying at the University of Kent. If you are a current student at another institution you may also wish to enquire about any mobility scholarships within your home institution or Government.

Accommodation details

The accommodation for this summer school is based in Park Wood and is offered on a self-catered basis. Students will be placed in their own room and will share bathrooms and kitchen. Check-in is after 14h00 on the first Sunday and check-out is before 10h00 on the final Sunday. All students will be offered University accommodation (included in fee), although if you wish to make alternative arrangements you can pay tuition fees only, saving £250 per two-week course.

Additional details about our accommodation is available on our Accommodation webpage.

Getting here

You will find useful directions to the Canterbury Campus on our Directions page. Students who wish to arrange a taxi transfer from one of the London airports may wish to visit our Booking a Taxi in the UK page.



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