Working with Children, Young People and Families part-time top-up award BA (Hons)

Course length: 1-2 years part-time


"The course is very interesting and has given me a lot of knowledge about the different areas of working with children and families. It has also been interesting to meet with other students who work in different areas and find out what their experiences are."
Joanne Marchant – Working with Children, Young People and Families top-up student

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 top-up awards 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.

Who is it for?
  • Those wishing to reach a deeper understanding of contemporary developments within humanistic,
  • psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural traditions
  • Those wishing to develop academic and research skills and to lay a firm foundation to support evidence-based practice
  • Those wanting to enhance their current practice through professional development.

The course offers a variety of assessments to suit the experience of the module studied, and will include essays, presentations and case studies.

Special Features

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.


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 enter this field. Youth work, social policy
development, outreach work and working with children are also potential careers for graduates of this programme.

Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements

It is expected that applicants will have 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 at Level 5. 

Entry requirements are flexible and recognise a range of academic qualifications as well as relevant work experience. Applicants must obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.


Home/EU students part-time:  £9,250 (total course fee)
For students who have completed a Foundation Degree at Newman and are continuing on the part-time top-up: £6,750 (total course fee)

* 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.

Finance information.

As a part time student, the amount of credits you complete each year may vary. 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. Most modules are 20 credits and dissertations are 40 credits. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email

Year 1 modules





This module will provide students with the opportunity to explore historical and contemporary concerns that have served to shape policy and practice. Students will explore current legislation and its implications for practice for all those working with the young and families exposed to violence and harm. Consideration will be given to the impact that abuse and harm can have on the lives of victims and their families. A clearer understanding will be gained of the different roles and responsibilities of those working in these areas.


Scheduled : 54.00
Independent : 246.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  300.00


This module aims to: 

  • Give students an understanding of the different forms of abuse, neglect and harm that some children and adults experience in their day-to-day lives.
  • Develop students’ ability to demonstrate how and why the policy and practice focus of these areas have changed over time.
  • Critically evaluate how current legislation is likely to impact on safeguarding children and adults exposed to violence and harm.
  • Explore the different roles and responsibilities that professionals undertake in working with victims and perpetrators and of the tensions and contradictions which can arise from this.


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

  • Critique policy and practice examples balancing the needs of adults and children and between protection, rights and self-efficacy.
  • Outline and critically analyse the content and intentions of relevant key legislation and guidance.
  • Understand the forms that abuse and harm can take and their implications for victims, perpetrators and practitioners.
  • Critically investigate and debate key issues facing practitioners working in these areas.
  • Discuss and challenge misconceptions and stereotypes in this area with reference to literature and policy.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of wider cultural issues relating to harm and violence including perspectives from outside the UK.


Component 1 - 40% Group Presentation (20 minutes, plus 5 minutes of questions)

Component 2 - 60% Essay (3000 words)


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Applications are made via Newman


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