Short courses
Health & Social Care

Developing Knowledge and Understanding of Safeguarding Children and Young People

University Certificate in Continuing Education:

This award has been developed in line with the County Durham and Darlington Countywide Safeguarding Children Strategy and is delivered in conjunction with the County Durham and Darlington Safeguarding children training team.

Course information

Part-time

  • 12 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 20, Level: Degree
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £750

Contact details

Further information

It is aimed at applicants working in the child and family arena who can show an ability to work at this level. The award is available to all professionals who may require education within the field of safeguarding children, and applications are welcomed from professionals working outside the healthcare sector.

The award enhances critical awareness of safeguarding children issues by examining the system for safeguarding children and considering the factors which may influence service response. You develop a robust knowledge base that is based on an understanding of contemporary policy and practice in this area. By using this knowledge and incorporating research evidence into clinical practice, you are able to demonstrate enhanced competence and sophistication in your professional practice with children and their families. This is with reference to the context of the law, policy and service development. The award provides you with skills in reflecting on and evaluating safeguarding policy, practice and helps develop confident practitioners.

Formal and informal staff support is provided by the delivery team and the University. We support a variety of teaching and learning activities using the electronic virtual learning environment (VLE) e-learning@tees, interactive seminars and discussion groups.

The module is usually delivered at the Centre for Professional and Executive Development, Darlington campus.

How you learn

You participate in a variety of teaching and learning activities which include a series of interactive seminars and discussion groups. The award encourages discussion, sharing expertise, experience and promoting positive attitudes and non-judgemental approaches to shared learning and working together. Active participation throughout should empower you to foster belief in your own ability and build self-esteem.

How you are assessed

Formative Assessment
To complete the formative assessment you are required to complete a 500 word written plan of your summative assessment.

Summative Assessment (100%)
The summative assessment comprises of a 4,000-word essay in which you critically reflect on your learning as a result of attending the award and develop an action plan which explores future strategies for personal, professional and service development in the area of child protection. You are required to critique one of two specified serious case reviews, identifying any implications and relevance to your own clinical practice.

Assesses all learning outcomes.

Entry requirements

You must show the ability to study at this level or have equivalent experience of integrated working within the child and family arena and have your manager’s signed support.

This award is delivered in conjunction with the County Durham and Darlington Safeguarding children training team and, as such, is accessible to staff working within County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and external candidates from other professional groups.

Course information

Part-time

  • 12 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 20, Level: Degree
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £750

Contact details

Further information