Advanced Safeguarding MSc 2017-18This course also available for 2016-17 entry
About the course
• Aims to meet the needs of the current practitioner working in the field of safeguarding, and has been designed in consultation with key health and social care employers and experts in the field of safeguarding.
• There are suggested routes through the course with regard to your specific specialism; however you may choose a module or two from the other route after discussion with the course leader to develop your specific learning needs further.
• Involves service users and carers who are instrumental to the delivery of the course, as they are involved in the teaching and part of the management committee.
• Invites practicing managers and specialists within the field of safeguarding to deliver teaching which explores innovative ways of assessment and intervention.
• Incorporates the research carried out within the Centre for Applied Childhood,Youth and Family Research and the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences, which is of the highest standard and nationally and internationally recognised.
This course provides the opportunity for health and social work professionals, as well as others working in safeguarding fields to analyse and evaluate the current state of knowledge, UK policy and practice in this area.
The course aims to link theory, research and policy and helps you to consider the nature of child welfare and safeguarding, multidisciplinary approaches and integrated theoretical and practice frameworks. This also emphasises anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice and empowerment, and takes into consideration agency mandates and your individual learning and practice needs and interests.
18 / 09 / 2017
1 year full-time
Also available 3 years part-time
• An Honours degree (2:2 or above) with one year's post-qualifying experience in the field of safeguarding.
• Applicants without a degree level qualification or equivalent might be required to undertake preparatory work and/or a written assignment to demonstrate their ability to study at postgraduate level.
• For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum score of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in any single component, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.
• You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.
Core modules: You will study one of the modules below depending on your profession:
Consolidation in Professional Practice
You will explore a range of topics including reflection, assessment, diversity, international perspectives, supervision and multi-agency working. You will also have the opportunity to make links between your work and research, and attend knowledge days focusing on children and families, adults and mental health. You will be assessed through the submission of a piece of coursework in the form of a portfolio comprising of two critical incidents and supporting documents.
Reflections on Practice (Child Welfare and Safeguarding)
You will explore a range of topics including reflection, assessment, diversity, international perspectives, supervision and multi-agency working. You will also have the opportunity to make links between your work and research, and attend knowledge days focusing on children and families, adults and mental health. You will be assessed through the submission of a piece of coursework in the form of a portfolio comprising of two critical incidents, two case studies and supporting documents.
Plus the following two modules:
Methods for Inquiry (Postgraduate Social Work)
Through this module you will have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to develop a research proposal. You will explore ways of identifying suitable research topics and questions; examine approaches, methods and strategies of inquiry with a specific emphasis on practice relevance; and address ethical, political, financial and practical issues. Assessment will involve producing one piece of coursework, in the form of a proposal, where you will have the opportunity to develop and advance a particular aspect of professional practice in child welfare and safeguarding or health and social care.
You will undertake an in-depth study, focusing on a topic of your choice within the broad area of health and social care, which will inform an extensive literature review of your own research. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework consisting of a written dissertation. Support will be provided throughout the module by a supervisor, who will have one-to-one meetings with you on a regular basis.
You will normally study modules from one of the routes listed below, however after discussion with the course leader you may mix modules from both routes if this is appropriate to your professional needs.
On the Children's safeguarding option you will study:
Legal Framework of Child Welfare and Safeguarding
In this module you will critically examine the legal provisions governing preventative and protection strategies as part of the child welfare, safeguarding and protection system. You will consider principles of current child welfare legislation case law and explore the legal basis for compulsory intervention. You will be assessed through coursework in the form of a written assignment comprising a critical assessment of an area of law and practice covered in this module.
Safeguarding Children: Policy and Organisational Context
This module aims to provide a critical analysis of recent policy and organisational developments in relation to child protection and safeguarding in England. You will consider developments and changes in law and guidance, with a focus on the importance of inter-professional and interagency work, as well as the role of children's safeguarding boards. You will also examine the impact of recent high profile cases and reports, and will be encouraged to share your own professional experiences. Assessment will involve coursework in the form of a written assignment relating to your practice.
Assessment and Intervention in Child Safeguarding
In this module you will review the various purposes of assessment and intervention, drawing upon and critically analysing several assessment frameworks, intervention approaches and strategies. You will also have the opportunity to develop your knowledge base and conceptual abilities in assessment and interventions whether you are a front- line worker or in a more senior managerial position. Assessment will involve the submission of two pieces of coursework related to assessment and intervention strategies.
Contemporary Issues in Children's Safeguarding
This module aims to provide an understanding of the importance of successful multi-disciplinary working in children’s safeguarding. The content of this module is linked to the Professional Capabilities Framework for Experienced Social Workers. You will explore the use of evidence in developing sound understanding and decision making, as well as the importance of paying attention to emotions and understanding what a child’s world feels like to them. You will be assessed through coursework in the form of a literature review of a chosen topic relating to child safeguarding. You will also produce a poster illustrating an issue relating to your chosen topic.
On the Adult/Mental Health safeguarding option you will study:
Mental Health in Practice: Assessment; Intervention and Debates
This module provides opportunities for you to draw upon evidence from practice and research to inform your mental health practice and to guide your assessment, planning and decision making. You will have the chance to gain a critical understanding of current knowledge in relation to a range of mental disorders, develop practical skills and tools to assist service users and carers, and engage with contemporary policies, issues and debates shaping the mental health field. You will explore mental health practice from a multi-disciplinary perspective with the lived experiences of service users and carers at the heart of the module. You will be assessed though coursework.
Best Interest Assessor
This module explores the law and policy requirements for the Best Interest Assessor (BIA) role under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Mental Capacity Act 2005). You will focus on the core skills and knowledge required to meet the supervisory body’s regulations and will be encouraged to critically evaluate this knowledge. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework. This will involve the submission of an anonymised BIA assessment using current assessment forms, as well as a critical evaluation of the process.
Mental Capacity and Mental Disorder
You will critically examine the concepts of mental capacity and mental disorder within the context of the current policy and legislative framework relating to this field of practice. This will introduce you to the 2005 Mental Capacity Act and 1983 Mental Health Act (amended), and will focus on the context within which these Acts are applied and how they relate to a wider safeguarding agenda. The module has been designed to complement the Best Interest Assessor module and provides the necessary pre requisite knowledge for those of you who are not Approved Mental Health Professional trained. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework, in the form of a case study, where you will undertake a critical assessment of a case where mental capacity is an issue.
You may also have opportunity to study one of the following option modules depending on your previous study and current professional responsibilities:
Developing Practice Educator Skills
You will have the opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to qualify as a stage 1 practice educator in accordance with the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards domains A,B and C. You will study theories around adult learning, and learn how to apply these practically through models of supervision and assessment methods, the design and planning of learning activities and the development of learning opportunities for students. You will also develop your ability to evaluate teaching methods, as well as your own supervision needs as a practice educator. You will be assessed through coursework, involving the submission of a portfolio containing a critical overview of your development as a practice educator.
Enhancing Practice Educator Skills
This module provides you with the opportunity to qualify as a stage two practice educator in accordance with the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards, Domains A- D. You will explore theories around adult learning, and evaluate a series of teaching methods as well as your own learning and supervision needs as a practice educator. You will also have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in designing and planning learning activities to facilitate the learning of others and developing learning opportunities for students. You will be assessed through coursework in the form of a written critical reflective overview and a formal presentation.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
This course can make a significant contribution to specialist skills and post registration development (SSPRD) in safeguarding and may enhance your career progression. The structure of the course is currently in line with the new Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work, developed by the Social Work Reform Board. Completion of this Masters course currently provides evidence of performing at an advanced level. Health organisations and some social work agencies also link career grades to academic achievements in the area of safeguarding. Upon successful completion this course many of our graduates have managed to progress into specialised positions within safeguarding.
Professional links and accreditations
This course is currently mapped against the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency.
Teaching and assessment
In all the modules which comprise the course, teaching and learning opportunities are provided via lecture inputs, small & large group work, case examples and the inclusion of guest speakers, including service users and carers, where appropriate. Students are encouraged to share their practice with others and to engage in processes of critical reflection and review. Assessment is a wide variety of coursework and, where relevant, practice based learning. The nature of the assessment varies from module to module, and mirrors the modes of communication expected of graduates in this field e.g. case studies, project proposals and reports etc.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.
Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Interim awards A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early. Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.
Research degrees Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.
This degree course is not available to international students from outside of the UK or EU.
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