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

Course length: 1-2 years part-time

Overview

"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.
Assessment

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.

Opportunities

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.

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.

Fees

2017/18*
Home/EU students part-time:  £9,250 
For students who have completed a Foundation Degree at Newman and are continuing on the part-time top-up: £6,750
 

* From 2018/19 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation.

Finance information.

Year 1 modules


SAFEGUARDING, VIOLENCE AND HARM IN POLICY AND PRACTICE


MODULE TITLE : SAFEGUARDING, VIOLENCE AND HARM IN POLICY AND PRACTICE

MODULE CODE : WWU611


MODULE SUMMARY :

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.

CONTACT HOURS :

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

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

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.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

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

Component 2 - 60% Essay (3000 words)

UNDERSTANDING INEQUALITIES


MODULE TITLE : UNDERSTANDING INEQUALITIES

MODULE CODE : WWU612


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module builds on a series of inequalities modules in the WWCYPF Programme (e.g. WWU401, WWU503, WWU508).  The module will begin to explore the social history of a range of movements (for example the Labour Movement; the Women’s Movement; the Disability Movement; the Civil Rights Movement; the Gay Rights Movement, etc.) that have challenged inequalities and issues of social justice.  The module will also analyse why and how the movements came into existence, and critically reflect on how successful they were/are and what has been learned about overcoming inequalities. 

This module will also developing critical understandings of concepts of advocacy and representation in different contexts. Central to the module is an exploration of how advocacy can have a role in challenging oppression, with particular emphasis on understanding issues of voice, human rights and representation for marginalised groups.  Applied advocacy, in its different forms, will be critically analysed drawing out issues related to power and with some emphasis on the potential for children, young people and communities becoming their own advocate.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Explore issues of inequalities through the lens of social history.
  • Examine the ideological, philosophical and social constructs that lead to inequalities.
  • Critically explore the social history of a range of movements that have challenged issues of inequality.
  • Critically reflect on why these movements were/are needed and consider how successful they have been in tackling inequalities.
  • Analyse what we have learned about overcoming inequalities, through examining the stories and experiences of these movements.
  • Critically reflect on the underpinning definitions, and associated values and principles, of advocacy and representation
  • Critically reflect on the need for advocacy in challenging oppression, with particular emphasis on understanding issues of voice, human rights and representation for marginalised groups.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

  • Research the social history and roles of collective movements in attempting to address inequalities.
  • Critically evaluate what impact social movements have had on issues of inequality and social justice.
  • Critically reflect on what has been learned, from these movements, about approaches to overcoming inequalities and issues of social justice.
  • Identify some of the key models of advocacy and associated benefits, tensions and complexities
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role of personal, professional and institutional values in supporting advocacy and representation in different contexts.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 70% Booklet (4000 word equivalent)

Component 2 - 30% Group Presentation (15 minutes)

Course code


Single Honours: 100% Working with Children, Young People and Families part-time top-up award BA (Hons)

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