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Critical Perspectives in Safeguarding

  • Study Mode: Blended Learning
  • Location: High Wycombe / Distance Learning
  • Duration: 15 Weeks
  • Start Date: September 2022 and January 2023
Looking to improve your understanding of safeguarding policy and meet the standards of the national frameworks? With this short course, you’ll gain a unique perspective of both adult and child safeguarding, helping you to improve the lives of at-risk service users.
Facilitated through Buckinghamshire New University’s Institute for Health and Social Care and the Buckinghamshire Health and Social Care Academy, this short course has been developed for the local workforce to meet local need reflecting national priorities.
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Application Guide

Want to enhance your skills with one of our short courses? To apply for one of our Continuing Professional Development courses, please use our application portal. If you are being funded as part of an NHS contract, please apply through our dedicated NHS application portal.

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Fees and Funding

Covering the costs of your professional development may now be easier than you think. There are many ways you can fund your course, such as employer/NHS sponsorship. There is also the option to pay in instalments to help spread the cost. 

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Bespoke training

Our wealth of experience and expertise enables us to offer bespoke training programmes. These programmes can be taught on-site to organisations who require a specific area of care to be addressed.

Credits: 30 credits at Level 7

Why study this subject?

If you’re looking to move into a specialist safeguarding role or further develop your safeguarding expertise, this course is for you.

It is also ideal for practitioners that require adult and / or child safeguarding competencies at Level 4 and 5, as per national intercollegiate and competency frameworks.

It is designed for all health care, social care and social work practitioners in roles, such as:

  • Advanced Practitioners
  • Assistant Team managers
  • Team Managers
  • Heads of Service
  • Service Directors
  • Designated Nurses and Doctors including LAC/CiC
  • Lead and Named nurses
  • Named and specialist midwives
  • Child Exploitation Nurse
  • Safeguarding Practitioners
  • Teenage Pregnancy Midwives
  • Paediatric Liaison Nurse
  • Named Doctors (safeguarding and child death)
  • Named GPs.

It is also suitable for other practitioners whose role requires a high level of safeguarding, for example, Health Visitors.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

This unique short course has been co-developed and, in places, will be co-delivered by specialist and expert practitioners in the field. Many will come from within Buckinghamshire child and adult services and the surrounding area, to provide pertinent discussion relevant to local practice for participants from its workforce.

If you’re not local to Buckinghamshire, you can still benefit from this course, as it will help facilitate your learning from multiple perspectives, allowing you to critically reflect and evaluate ways of professionally influencing and challenging your own practice area. 

You will benefit from gaining a strong understanding of the critical perspectives in adult and child safeguarding. Alongside this, you will be encouraged to engage in additional reflection and analysis in order to focus on the key areas of your own practice.

This short course specifically supports students to meet the requirements of Levels 4 and 5 competencies as set out in the of the National Intercollegiate Health Documents for safeguarding children and adults as well as the Bournemouth Social Work National Competency Framework.

You will also achieve 30 credits at academic Level 7, which can be used to progress onto postgraduate study, such as our MSc Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding.

This course has been developed through collaboration with the Institute for Health and Social Care at BNU and the Buckinghamshire Health and Social Care Academy (BHSCA).

Any practitioners from the BHSCA partners wishing to complete this course will be eligible for a discounted rate. Please contact your local education team or the programme lead for details.

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What will I study?

Over the 15-weeks, you will study a range of topics, including:

  • policy landscape
  • practice resistance
  • conflict and challenge
  • risk analysis
  • decision making
  • ethics
  • inter-professionality
  • leadership
  • reflexivity
  • emotional intelligence. 

On this short course, you will also have the opportunity to critically reflect and evaluate ways of professionally influencing and challenging traditional practice, service redesign and redevelopment.

You will also consider the impact within an inter-agency/multidisciplinary team to support and improve safeguarding practice and service delivery. 

What facilities can I use? 

The University offers a substantial range of facilities and the library is even accessible to you remotely through the databases and journals we make available online - many of which are specific to child and adult protection and the environmental factors that increase or minimise risk levels.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course has been designed to help you balance your work commitments with your studies, and is led by highly dedicated specialists with advanced professional experience.

You’ll benefit from our flexible delivery and attend lectures, seminars, workshops, and tutorials both in person at our High Wycombe Campus and online.

Summative assessment is via one written assignment using a critical case analysis format.

Successful completion of this short course will enable you to progress to the MSc in Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding

What are the course entry requirements?

Previous study at Level 6 (undergraduate degree) or above in a related discipline would be beneficial but not required as we welcome applicants with professional qualifications and relevant work experience.

What are the tuition fees


Home and EU, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£1,700 per year

Any practitioners employed by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Bucks College Group, Oxford NHS Health Foundation Trust, Primary Care, CCG or Buckinghamshire Council will be eligible for a discounted rate from the one advertised.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

Course leader

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Brenda Brown
  • Senior Lecturer
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