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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

DONE3029 New Perspectives on Child Protection

10 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Iain Moody

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Certificated evidence of ability to study at level 3

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will be offered as a discovery module in Semester 1 only This module critically analyses values and beliefs systems defining child protection, abuse and neglect, as well as political, legislative, social cultural and ethnic factors shaping definitions and practice in relation to child abuse and families within a multi-cultural society. There are a variety of speakers including social services initial referral teams, mental health social workers and police officers. The module has a practical focus looking at how we assess child safeguarding issues and the complexities of inter agency working in the UK, as well as making links to past serious case reviews.Assessment: 2500 word assignment


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- reflect on their own and society's attitudes and values relating to safeguarding children;
- analyse how historical, ethnic, cultural and political issues impact on the welfare of children and their exposure to abuse, drawing on international examples;
- analyse theories and established concepts of child abuse and discuss how these may affect prevention, diagnosis, care and outcome;
- analyse how policies and legal guidelines influence child protection and strategies for safeguarding children, with a particular focus on the UK;
- critically examine the role of the practitioner in safeguarding children and young people, and the practitioner's contribution within multi agency and multi-disciplinary teams;
- critically analyse the resources available to support the abused child, the family and the professional; consider ethical dilemmas presented
within child protection, and explore how these impact on decisions taken;
- critically analyse the effectiveness of clinical governance and/or supervision as a means of safeguarding children.

Learning outcomes
- Historical, ethnic, cultural and political perspective of safeguarding children
- Current legislation and policies with a particular focus on the UK
- Theoretical perspective used to explain child abuse and how these influence prevention of abuse and guide intervention where abuse has occurred
- Practitioners role and responsibility in safeguarding children
- Theory underpinning inter-professional learning.

Skills outcomes
Reflection, Decision Making, Interpretation legal framework.


This module will enable the student to critically analyse their own values and belief systems surrounding child protection and safeguarding children. It will then widen the analysis to explore theoretical models, historical content, political, legislative, social, cultural and ethnic factors shaping current definitions, procedures and practices and which are guiding the continuing re-definition of child abuse, eg institutional abuse, children as abusers.

Students will evaluate roles, issues, ethical dilemmas and conflicts within a multi-disciplinary/multi-agency approach to safeguarding children, abuse and neglect. They will explore and analyse intervention within families who have experienced abuse, management of resources and interdisciplinary work within a multi-cultural society.

The student will continually reflect on and analyse his/her role within the complex world of safeguarding children.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students should use this time for researching journal articles, texts and media extracts to support the module, and course work and assignment preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored in terms of their involvement within the group and their participation in the group exercises. There will be an opportunity to discuss their plan for the essay both within the larger group and on an individual basis. At this point the students can be directed to further appropriate sources if needed.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2500 word assignment100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/11/2019


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