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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 18/01/2023 15:08:04

Title of Module: Child Protection Practice

Code: NURS11003 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Maureen  Bell

Summary of Module

This is a core module of the Post Graduate Certificate Child Protection.

This module will provide a critical examination of the complex issues which arise in planning and implementing an integrated assessment of a child’s needs. Students will achieve a critical awareness of current issues facing the implementation of integrated assessment frameworks on a multi-professional basis. Key theoretical concepts relating to need, adversity, vulnerability, attachment, resilience and protective environment will be critically examined. A critical understanding of a range of principle intervention strategies will be pursued. This knowledge and understanding will then be applied in critically reflecting on the student’s own practice and practice with others in undertaking assessments and in the delivery of resources and interventions.

This module will support students to develop characteristics that enable critically thinking on their role and practice in undertaking assessments of children within a cultural aware context. It will enhance their capacity to make informed judgments in relation to the complex issues which arise in planning and implementing an assessment of a child’s needs and delivering appropriate interventions and resources to facilitate adequate safeguarding. The student will be work ready and have the ability to apply an innovative and transformational approach to the sustained development of collaborative work.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Critically evaluate the assessment process for vulnerable children.

L2. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical concepts which relate to need, adversity, vulnerability, attachment, resilience and protective environment.

L3. Demonstrate the ability to relate theory to the practice of assessing vulnerable children.

L4. Critically analyse intervention strategies which promote children’s protection and well-being.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 11.

The demonstration of a critical knowledge and understanding of the integrated assessment process for vulnerable children and of key theoretical concepts relating to need, adversity, vulnerability, attachment, resilience and protective environment.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Applying knowledge and understanding of the assessment process and intervention strategies to working with children who are in need of protection and with their families.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Making clear professional judgments informed by current knowledge of the integrated assessment process and critical analysis protective factors and intervention strategies.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Communicating clearly and openly with children and their families, peers, and partner agencies in developing integrated assessments and intervention strategies which may impact on a child’s welfare and protection.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Demonstrating critical reflection on the student’s own professional practice in undertaking an integrated assessment and demonstrate an ability to make an identifiable contribution to assessment and intervention.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:Degree or relevant experience in the field of Child Protection. Students must be able to draw from current practice experience in order to meet the programme’s assessment requirements.
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:
Child Protection in Context
Protecting Children

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The module is delivered through a blended learning approach. There will be four compulsory supported learning study days, which will consist of a mixture of lectures, seminars and group learning. Extensive use of VLE and open learning materials will enhance self-directed learning. Individual support will be available by e-mail, video link, telephone or academic support sessions.

NB: The module will be delivered on a ‘long-thin’ basis in tandem with 'Protecting Children’ NURS11002 in Trimester 2 and trimester 3.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity20
Personal Development Plan6
Independent Study158
Asynchronous Class Activity16
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Aldgate, J. and Rose, W. (2007). A Systematic Practice Model for Assessing and Managing Risk in Child Protection: The Application of Contemporary Thinking to Getting It Right for Every Child. The Open University
Appleton, J.V. and Peckover, S. (eds.) (2015) Child protection, public health and nursing. United Kingdom: Dunedin Academic Press.
Basarab- Horwath, J. (2018) The Child’s World: the essential guide to assessing vulnerable children, young people and their family London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Connolly, M. Morris, K.(2012) Understanding Child and Family Welfare: statutory responses to children at risk.
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan
Daniel, B. Taylor, J. Derbyshire, D and Neilson, D. (2012) Recognizing and Helping the Neglected Child. Evidence-based Practice for Assessment and Intervention London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Daniel, B, Wassell, S and Gilligan, R. (2010) Child Development for Child Care and Protection Workers. 2nd Edition London: Kingsley
Helm D (2010) Making Sense of Child and Family Assessment: How to Interpret Children’s Needs London Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Wilson, K. & James, A. (2007) The Child Protection Handbook Edinburgh, Baillier Tindall Elsevier

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardMidwifery & Specialist Nursing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelMidwifery&Specialist Nursing L9-11
ModeratorRuth Astbury
External ExaminerT Jones
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
There will be two assessment components, one Formative and one Summative.

The Formative Component will require the submission of an anonymised Case Scenario and Essay Plan (500 words). The Case Scenario will be drawn from the student’s current or recent practice experience.

The Summative Component will require the submission of a reflective Case Study (4000 words) in which the student will consider the anonymised Case Scenario and critically analyse their own practice and their experience within a multi-disciplinary practice environment. This will include critical evaluation of assessment processes and the delivery of interventions in pursuing the child’s protection in the context of their family or care setting and the broader practice environment. This reflective Case analysis will constitute 100% of the total marks for the module. In compliance with the University Regulatory Framework the pass mark will be 50%.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Case studycheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark1000
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The School of Health and Life Sciences believes that education and practitioner diversity are central to achieving quality of care.

Within the module, quality of care, inclusiveness and employability are achieved by:

· Provision of a welcoming and supportive culture that promotes accessibility and equal opportunities to students and prospective students;

· Promotion of confidence and knowledge of their rights as a student and employee;

· Promotion of respect and knowledge of client diversity, their needs, rights and associated practitioner responsibilities.

The above aims, supported by staff belief in fairness and equal opportunities, guide content, teaching and learning, assessment and evaluation.

Disability disclosure is encouraged throughout recruitment, selection and throughout the duration of this module. Emphasis is placed on confidentiality of information, the benefits of disclosure and that no detriment to progress will be experienced.

To enable the module to be responsive to the demand for equality and diversity, procedures and processes have been subject to Equality Impact Screening and where appropriate Equality Impact Assessment. Evaluation by all key stakeholders through the life of the module is also central to meeting commitments.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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