Postgraduate Certificate - Safeguarding

Taught Higher Degree , Part-time

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Key Details

  • 1 Year
  • Part Time

Overview

Places available to start this September

Call Admissions 0121 476 1181 to find out more about applying directly to Newman University.

Why study this course?

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.

Entry Requirements

A relevant Honours degree.

Directions

Course Fees

2018/19: £825 per module (UK and EU applicants)

N.B. The above fees are per individual 30 credit module. A minimum of 60 credits are required to complete the PG Cert Safeguarding.

Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

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. Discounts cannot be combined.

Additional Costs

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  Find out more about completing the DBS application form and the related additional costs.

 

Additional Information

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses

  1. CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SAFEGUARDING AND VULNERABILITY
    (Compulsory) mt738
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    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)

  2. VOICES, RIGHTS AND REPRESENTATIONS
    (Compulsory) mt739
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    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)