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Critical Practice in Safeguarding

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: 15 Weeks
  • Start Date: February 2022
Do you want to continue your professional development in safeguarding? This standalone online module offers a unique perspective into both children and adult safeguarding within the UK.
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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 6 and 7.

Why study this subject?

We are aware that many practitioners, regardless of their field, are appointed safeguarding responsibilities yet there is a lack of specific knowledge available.

This course is ideal if you're a professional looking to develop your ability to critically reflect on safeguarding situations, or a student looking to access the MSc Child Protection & Adult Safeguarding degree programme. 

Upon completion, you'll be confident in your ability to influence new and changing safeguarding practice within your organisation. 

What will I study?

During this module you'll develop an understanding of how to:

  • evaluate current policies
  • demonstrate self-direction when addressing issues arising from safeguarding cases
  • explore the tensions in practice and develop new and improved practice at an individual and organisational level
  • reflect and analyse on ethical and practical issues within your professional environment.

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 module is worth 30 academic credits, meaning you can access further study using the credits you gain.

Our teaching staff are experienced professionals and have links to the front line in both social work and healthcare.

Throughout the module, you'll benefit from a range of specialist practitioners who'll share their knowledge and diverse learning styles with you.

What are the course entry requirements?

Providing evidence that you are able to study a level 7 course, which could be:

  • Studying a level 7/postgraduate degree.
  • Studying credits at level 7.
  • Studying a UK degree (or equivalent).
  • Prior relevant experience.

What are the tuition fees


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Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

The Safeguarding course will provide you with a strong skill set and the confidence to improve the quality of care and communication with vulnerable children and adults.

If you want to develop a career in safeguarding practice, this course will prepare you for job roles such as policy developer, researcher, team leader, programme manager or unit manager in the NHS, local government and charities.

Previous students have seen their careers soar on completion of the programme, as they are then considered ‘experts’ or ‘specialists’ with a broad range of knowledge to build on and have usually demonstrated this through their dissertation research or project. For those not yet in a safeguarding role, the course offers the opportunity to change direction to the safeguarding career pathway in a range of settings, both nationally and internationally.

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