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Child Protection Postgraduate Certificate

Child Protection Postgraduate Certificate

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1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Child Protection Children's Nursing

Course type


Course Summary


Our Postgraduate Certificate in Child Protection recognises the continued high-profile of protecting children in Scotland and the importance and value of an integrated approach to recognising and responding to the needs of children and young people.

This programme has been designed to create an opportunity for inter-professional learning for those working in health, police, social work, education, the third sector and other related settings to enhance their knowledge of contemporary child protection theory that informs best practice.

This programme delivers three modules focusing on current policy themes and practice requirements relating to children’s protection and wellbeing in Scotland:

  • Child Protection in Context
  • Protecting Children
  • Child Protection Practice

There will be four compulsory study days for each module, which will consist of a mixture of lectures and seminars thus facilitating integrated multi-disciplinary approaches to child protection teaching and learning.

Students will also use the Virtual Learning Environment where lecture material, links to relevant websites and communication with staff and fellow students can be accessed.

Course Highlights

This programme will facilitate the enhancement of your existing knowledge and skills in safeguarding and protecting children and, where desired, prepare you for a senior or specialist post.

You’ll critically explore children’s rights, legislation, policy, theoretical frameworks and research and practice issues across professional and disciplinary boundaries, in a multi-professional learning environment.

You’ll develop a child-centred perspective in addressing the protection of children and young people.

This programme is delivered on a part-time basis over one year and utilises online learning which is supported by twelve study days at UWS Paisley Campus.


  • Written assignments/essays- 1 per module

Learning outcomes will be assessed by a variety of written assignments including:

  • Essays
  • Critical application of the legislation to a case from practice
  • Critical reflection on a case from practice

Career Prospects

Graduates from this programme are equipped to take on specialist child protection roles or be promoted to senior child protection roles, such as:

  • Nurse Consultant
  • Social Work Team Leader/Manager
  • Specialist Child Protection Posts in Education
  • Child Protection Committee Lead Officer
  • Child Protection Advisor
  • Child Protection Training Posts/Roles


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.

Tuition fees

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International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

You should normally hold an Ordinary bachelor's degree, although those with significant practice experience will be considered for entry.