Postgraduate Certificate - Safeguarding


Overview

Newman University has developed a suite of modules aimed specifically at professionals working with children and young people who are working in education, health, or social care or other related areas.

Course content

Newman offers you the opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge, understanding and skills of professional practice by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and reflective practice around a range of concepts and theories relevant to working with children, young people and families.

Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Safeguarding will enable you to continue onto a full MA via undertaking a further 30 credit module of your choice - from the MA Education (Safeguarding) module choices -  and the compulsory Research Methods module, followed by the final dissertation.

Attendance

You will study the course part-time over 12-36 months which will provide you with the flexibility to combine employment (if relevant) and placements (if relevant) with study. Taught sessions will be based at Newman.

The PG cert comprises of 2 modules with one module being taught each semester on one evening per week with approximately 10 sessions per module.

Assessment

You will experience a range of assessments in the form of reflective accounts, presentations and essays related to practice in the field of safeguarding

For further information about the MA Education click here.


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Entry requirements

A relevant Honours degree.
At the start of the programme all applicants must undertake a DBS check.

Apply directly to Newman

Fees

2017-18 
Home/EU Students: £1,600*

Partner schools, colleges, institutions, Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership members, Titan Partnership members are currently eligible for a 10% discount.
Alumni are also entitled to a 10% discount.

* Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

For further information please visit the Postgraduate fees and bursaries page

As a full time student who is studying one of our short courses, the total amount of credits you will study each year will vary. Most modules range between 0 credits and 30 credits. Credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Not every programme offers optional modules and when an optional module is available it will be clearly marked. All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email admissions@newman.ac.uk.

Year 1 modules


CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SAFEGUARDING AND VULNERABILITY


MODULE TITLE : CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SAFEGUARDING AND VULNERABILITY

MODULE CODE : MT738


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module seeks to develop students understanding of the context in which safeguarding takes place and links this to debates around the appropriateness and effectiveness of policy and practice. In doing this students will explore concepts of vulnerability and risk and how they affect working practices as well as critically evaluating the current policy context.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled :
Independent :
Placement :
Total :  0.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Explore how children, young people or families can become constructed as ‘risky’ or as ‘at risk’

  • Critically evaluate how policy and practice in the UK and elsewhere have responded to changing constructions of vulnerability and risk

  • Identify how individuals and agencies with Safeguarding responsibilities both manage and discharge these responsibilities

  • Critically reflect on their own role as practitioners/ potential practitioners

     

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Critically analyse, the legal, policy and practice framework for safeguarding in the UK.   

  • Relate this to changing discourses around safeguarding, protection and (de)professionalisation

  • Critically reflect on factors which might enhance or inhibit effective responses in particular contexts

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 40% Personal Reflection (1500 words)

Component 2 - 60% Essay (2500 words)

CHILDREN'S VOICES, RIGHTS AND REPRESENTATIONS


MODULE TITLE : VOICES, RIGHTS AND REPRESENTATIONS

MODULE CODE : MT739


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module seeks to develop student understandings of the historical, philosophical, sociological, legal and political perspectives surrounding vulnerable adults, youth and children. It will include an overview and critique of dominant perspectives both domestically and internationally, around Voices, Rights and Representations and use this as a basis for the evaluation of policy and practice issues.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent :
Placement :
Total :  24.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

  • Analyse dominant theories of childhoods and vulnerability and the ways in which these link to current social, legal, and political constructions of childhood and vulnerability in policy and practice.  

  • Critically evaluate key conventions such as; the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the African Children’s Charter and accompanying legislation, identifying strengths and shortcomings.

  • Recognise specific legislation, case law and policies that seek to challenge discriminatory practices against vulnerable adults, young people and children in the context of evolving safeguarding agendas.

  • Explore the notion of listening to vulnerable adults, young people and children with reference to ethics, values and practices.

  • Develop an understanding of the concept of advocacy in respect of vulnerable adults, young people and children; analysing principles, policy and practice issues.

  • Critically investigate how charities, both in the UK and internationally, defend and support human rights as regards Safeguarding. 

  • Examine research that has sought to highlight issues in respect of voices, rights and representations.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Critically analyse, the legal, policy and practice frameworks for vulnerable adults, young people and children’s voices, rights and representations. 

  • Relate this to changing discourses around safeguarding, protection and the rights of vulnerable adults, young people and children.

  • Critically reflect on factors which might enhance or inhibit effective responses in particular contexts

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 40% Individual Presentation (equivalent to 1500 words)

Component 2 - 60% Essay (2500 words)

Course code


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