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Advances in Child Protection      

Who is it for?

This course is designed for social workers and other professionals who are involved in child protection practice as part of their work.  The course is accessible for people who are studying part-time and for people across the UK who are able to travel to Lancaster for two separate days during the course.

Course details

Advances in Child Protection enables practitioners to engage with the latest knowledge about child maltreatment and child protection.  For example, the course explores:

  • Recent evidence about the impact of child abuse and neglect, including developments in attachment theory
  • Assessment and management of risk in areas of complexity such as perinatal mental health, 'street grooming' and commercial sexual exploitation of young people
  • Current  discussion in social work and elsewhere about protection of children and young people in emerging contexts, for example 'cyborg' childhoods
  • Evaluation of effectiveness in child protection intervention – for example, systemic and strengths based approaches to child protection, arrangements for managing complex, multi-disciplinary work

The course is delivered through two intensive, day-long workshops and a series of learning activities, virtual seminars and online discussion forums over the course of ten weeks.  Course participants are facilitated to work as a small group of experienced practitioners, engaging in exercises which enable them to share detailed, anonymised accounts of their practice for critical analysis in a supportive environment.  There is an emphasis on engaging with and employing current knowledge in order to develop practice throughout the course.  Participants will also be able to access a number of master classes by leaders in child protection research and practice.


This course carries 20 Higher Education credits at level 7.  Successful completion leads to a Lancaster University Postgraduate Certificate of Achievement.  Academic credits can also be used towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MA in Advanced Social Work.


The course is assessed via a written assignment of 4000 words, where students use current knowledge to critically analyse practice.  Students have access to face to face and e-tutorials in relation to their assessed work.  There are no exams.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a lower second class honours degree in social work or a social science subject, or a degree level qualification in a related profession, or a Masters degree in Social Work.
Social workers taking this course should have practised for at least one year following qualification.






If you have any questions or require further information on any of our degree programmes please contact Dharman Jeyasingham



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