"Newman as a university is a very relaxed place, with a friendly atmosphere. My course is so diverse; it covers so many aspects of working with young people and families. It provides a great opportunity to follow any career path."
Jade Whitelaw– Working with Children, Young People and Families student
Why study Working with Children, Young People and Families?
Supporting children, young people and vulnerable families is an increasingly high profile area of social policy.
This course is one of a small number of Honours degree level programmes designed to give you the knowledge and skills to understand the social, economic, educational, political and cultural issues and barriers facing children, young people and families, particularly in socially disadvantaged areas.
Professionals working with children and young people are increasingly required to have formal qualifications recognising their expertise in these areas.
What does the course cover?
The course looks at social and education policy, and gives you a thorough understanding of the roles and responsibilities of agencies working with children and families including the Children’s Workforce Development Council, Social Services, Local Education Authorities, schools, third sector organisations and the Police. You will examine child development and issues surrounding childhood, family relationships and the psychology of the family and child. You will explore how society views childhood, and the challenging issues facing children and young people today, with specific reference to the experiences of children in past decades.
You will study legislation relating to education, child protection and welfare, health, and diversity. As multi-agency working is essential for the effective support of children and families you will study and evaluate models of inter-agency working, best practice in this area, professional working and collaborative operating. The complex issue of sharing and managing information, including data protection issues, will also be an important area of study. You will understand why such policies are required and how practices designed to protect vulnerable children can become potential barriers to effective collaboration, and how these barriers can be overcome. A major theme throughout the course will be listening to children and young people, making services responsive and developing strategies to enhance children’s and young people’s participation.
What makes this course distinctive?
The tutors on this course have significant experience of public policy and practice. Many are leading experts in their field with national and international profiles in the area. The course provides an opportunity to cover a range of issues and you will be encouraged to develop an area of particular expertise.
All single and combined Honours students at Newman undertake relevant placements as part of their degree, therefore full-time students can gain valuable work experience in a relevant setting and apply the theoretical knowledge gained on the course to real-life scenarios under the supervision of experienced practitioners. Relevant work experience at a high level is essential for people intending to develop their careers in this area. This is why this course has been designed to enable you to gain experience throughout your studies, which will be useful when you are seeking positions after graduation. For part-time students already working in the field the degree ensures that you are aware of the latest developments, cases and practices, and are able to relate this information to your current role or career aspirations.
How will I be assessed?
The course offers a variety of assessment to suit the experience of the module studied, and will include essays, presentations and case studies. Part-time students will relate their studies to their existing roles.
What careers can I consider after this degree?
A wide range of careers are available across a number of environments such as education, health and social care in the public, private and third sectors. Although not a social work degree, the issues covered on this course would be suitable for people considering gaining postgraduate qualifications to become a social worker. Youth work, social policy development, outreach work and working with children are also potential careers for graduates of this degree.
It is intended that graduates from this course will develop into managers working in education, health, or social care capable of dealing with multi-agency working with a range of knowledge and inter-personal skills.
A minimum of 280 UCAS points (which must include minimum grades of BC or above at A2 level), BTEC National Diploma with an overall grade of Distinction Merit Merit, or an Access Diploma with a minimum of 39 credits with Merit or Distinction. If you have a relevant HND or foundation degree qualification you may progress onto the final year of the degree. You will also need five GCSEs at grade C or above, including GCSE English Language, or a recognised equivalent. For alternative qualifications please see our entry requirements page. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance is required.
Working with Children, Young People and Families
As well as covering essential, foundational subject knowledge, the first year of the course has been very carefully designed to build in the development of a range of skills necessary for success in HE. Greater choice of modules are available in Years 2 and 3, to enable you to particularly develop your interests in some areas of the subject if you wish.
The compulsory Work Placement is intended to give you relevant experience in a career of your choice.
Effective work with CYPF (being an inclusive practitioner) (20 credits)
Thinking Sociologically (20 credits)
Introduction to Social Policy (20 credits)
Developing reflective approaches (10 credits)
Preparation for placement (10 credits)
Understanding Diversity (20 credits)
Being an informed practitioner (20 credits)
Semester 1 & 2
Research informed Practice (20 credits)
Placement (20 credits)
Semester 1 only
Anti Discriminatory Practice (20 credits)
Childhoods in context (20 credits)
Semsester 2 only
Comparative Perspectives on Practice (20 credits)
plus one from
Working across the Life Course (20 credits)
Crime and Society (20 credits)
Cultural Studies (20 credits)
IP Based Module (20 credits)
Semester 1 & 2
Capstone (40 credits) Multi Mode Dissertation/ WBL Project
Semester 1 only
Safeguarding C&YP (20 credits)
plus one from
Overcoming Inequalities (20 credits)
Looked after Children (20 credits)
Youth and Crime (20 credits)
Identities (20 credits)
Working with violence and Harm (20 credits)
Semester 2 only
Working in partnership (20 credits)
plus one from
Working with excluded families and groups (20 credits)
Working with Vulnerability (20 credits)
Therapeutic approaches (20 credits)
Community Development (20 credits)
Adolescents (20 credits)
Courses at Newman are constantly evolving to reflect changes in the field of study. Therefore, modules listed here are indicative and may be subject to change for each academic year. Some modules are mandatory and some are optional. Not all modules will be available on all routes through the programme you choose.