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Therapeutic Practice in Safeguarding Children and Young People (NRT112)

Health and social care professionals are identified as key agents in the identification of child maltreatment (Brandon et al. 2008). Professional competence in this area requires an ability to make sound judgements in order to protect those children vulnerable to abuse and neglect.  This level of practice requires comprehensive knowledge and understanding of parenting styles and behaviours and the influence of these on child development. Practitioners also require clear understanding of statutory safeguarding children legislation and clarity about professional roles and responsibilities.  

This module develops student awareness and understanding of such key considerations, all within the context of partnership working.  It is particularly suited to those who work regularly with children, and young people, and has been developed in accordance with recommendations outlined in the Welsh Assembly Government’s (2006) Safeguarding Children: Working Together Under the Children Act 2004.

On completion of the module a student should be able to:

• Critically evaluate psycho / social / cultural / religious and political influences on parenting capacity and subsequent impact on child welfare
• Critically appraise evidence which informs on making sound judgements in assessing, planning, intervening and reviewing safeguarding children practice
• Critically evaluate own and others roles, boundaries, and responsibilities in safeguarding children and determine best practice when working in challenging child welfare situations

Session Content

The module runs for twelve weeks and consists of six taught and six online-learning days.  A ‘blended’ approach to learning is used where key theories are examined during taught sessions and online learning activities are then designed to further develop students’ knowledge and understanding.   A combination of learning and teaching methods will be utilised including lectures, guided reading activities, seminar discussions, online activities and discussion forums, ‘problem-based’ case-study work, and NSPCC learning activities.   

Module leader

Mrs Judy Cousins

Position:Lecturer/Director of Student Experience and Academic Standards
Mrs Judy Cousins
Telephone: +44 (029) 2091 7818Extension: 7818


Module Dates 2014-2015:

Summer Term week commencing 5 April 2015 

13 14 20 27 April 2015; 4 11 18 25 May; 1 8 15 22 29 June

Module code - NRT112

Credits - 30

Level 7