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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC2011 Child Welfare

20 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Katie Gathercole

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module explores contemporary issues in relation to child welfare. The module will be relevant to all those thinking of careers working with children - including teaching, social work and the therapeutic professions. The theory, practice and policy of issues such as multiagency working, safeguarding, children in care, family support, and the role of the voluntary sector and government initiatives, will be critically examined. The central focus of the course will be the Children Act (1989), the Children and Families Act (2014), and ‘Working together to safeguard children’ (2018) the statutory guidance that informs the way that agencies work together to promote children’s welfare The module is taught using lectures, videos and problem solving exercises and is assessed through a 3000 word essay (or equivalent).


This module is designed to explore some of the critical debates relevant to the welfare of children and young people. The focus of the module is upon the theoretical, practical and research implications of these debates. There is some flexibility within the module to the changing nature of the state and the political ideologies that influence the development of child welfare policy and practice. The module objectives are to:
- Critically evaluate the role of the state and changing approaches to child welfare policy;
- Explore various influences upon the development of child welfare policy and practice;
- Explore debates within research, theory and practice in relation to child welfare;
- Critically evaluate the practical implications of child welfare policy across interdisciplinary contexts

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of child welfare policy and practice with children and families;
2. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the relationship between children, families and the state and the impact upon child welfare policy and practice
3. Critically evaluate current issues and debates in relation to child welfare, family support and intervention approaches.


This module will examine child welfare policy and practice in relation to children and young people. The legal context provided by the Children Act (1989) and the Children and Families Act (2014), will be examined. The module will explore Integrated Children's Services plans for children and you people's provision. Policy and practice in relation to family support, safeguarding and child protection will be critically explored. The care system for children separated from their parents will be outlined and analysed. We will explore critical debates in relation to the changing role of state and child welfare, drawing on a range of contexts and case studies.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours175.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will be required to conduct considerable ongoing private study and reading prior to lectures. The lecturers expect the students to have read the set readings before lectures and lectures will serve to deepen and reinforce learning from these core readings.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored through:
• Assessment and feedback through formative assessment tasks such as written discussion boards, quizzes, critical consideration of key readings and group work case study activities.
• Monitoring (during teaching sessions) on student performance of tasks
• Encouraging, and observing the level of, student participation in class discussions
• Monitoring students’ completion of VLE tasks

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3000 words (or equivalent)100.00
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: 16/05/2024 16:32:49


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