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Advanced Child Protection (Distance Learning) - PCert, PDip, MA

Advanced Child Protection (Distance Learning) - PCert, PDip, MA

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Child Protection Youth Studies Child Development (Education)

Course type


Course Summary

Our Advanced Child Protection MA is a distance learning programme which runs on a part-time basis for two years. It provides practitioners with the knowledge, skills and confidence to take a child-centred approach to their practice and working life.


The MA and other postgraduate courses in Advanced Child Protection attract national and international students with a variety of experiences in child protection. It provides students with the opportunity to access a diverse pool of knowledge in an environment that allows you to question and excel.

What you'll learn

Our MA gives a 360-degree perspective on child protection, introducing you to the viewpoints of academics, practitioners, organisations, parents, children and young people, integrated with contemporary research theory and policy. You'll understand the impact that technology has on protecting children, and consider the effect of the globalisation of the abuse and exploitation of vulnerable children.

During your studies, you are encouraged to develop advanced communication skills, reflective analysis and the critical use of research. We also promote the confident use of direct work skills with adults and children.


Our Master’s and stand-alone modules give you the opportunity to further your career and expertise in child protection. As well as benefiting from Kent’s academic excellence, you gain insight into multi-agency relationships and responsibilities. The Centre attracts students from across social work, health, education, police, law, probation and the third sector, and widens your potential learning experience. The distance learning delivery of the Master’s programme enables you to fit learning around your life and work commitments and you have the chance to apply your knowledge as you progress. Each cohort contains a unique mix of experiences and professions, providing a valuable opportunity for information exchange and networking.


This module will provide students with a historical and contemporary perspective of child abuse and examine child and family centred practice, and will allow students to explore definitions of abuse, nationally and internationally. A significant area of research will be drawn upon with regards to the role of men in child protection. The module will also introduce key agencies in the field. The child protection simulations created by the Centre for Child Protection around child sexual exploitation (Looking for Lottie) and radicalization (ZAK), are embedded in this module.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK students

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International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree. In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path and these cases are assessed individually. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

University information

The University of Kent is an internationally renowned institution located in Canterbury and offers an impressive portfolio of postgraduate degree courses. The university teaches advanced skills, and provides access to fantastic professional networks and learning facilities to help postgraduate students realise their academic and personal goals. Kent's campuses are based in amazing locations, with two UK campuses in Canterbury and Medway...more