Advanced Child Protection MA

Location: Canterbury

The Advanced Child Protection MA is a distance learning programme which runs on a part-time basis for two or more years. The programme is for experienced professionals and is fully accredited by the University of Kent.

The 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. The impact that technology has on protecting children as well as the effect of the globalisation of the abuse and exploitation of vulnerable children is considered throughout.

The MA has attracted national and international students, all with a variety of experience in child protection. The opportunity to access this diverse pool of knowledge, within an environment that allows you to question and excel, has made the Advanced Child Protection MA a success.


2 years part-time

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • social research and critical evaluation of different paradigms and perspectives in child protection
  • definitions, prevalence, causes and consequences of child abuse and neglect including research and sociological and psychological theories
  • contemporary child protection practice and policies including service delivery contexts and partnership and inter-disciplinary working
  • perspectives on assessment and observation including planning and re-assessment
  • support, help and intervention and what works how and when
  • the unconscious at work – the organisational dimensions of risk management
  • values and ethics in child protection
  • how to plan and undertake a dissertation.     

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • gathering and interpreting complex information
  • analysing and synthesising theoretical perspectives and research evidence
  • advanced problem-solving and risk management of complex child protection situations
  • evaluating intervention strategies
  • verbal, written and electronic communication skills
  • how to communicate with others across disciplines and professions
  • reflection and professional development skills
  • ICT written and numerical skills.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • the ability to interpret and conduct applied research on a topic relevant to child protection and safeguarding
  • the ability to demonstrate in written and verbal and electronic formats definitions, causes and consequences of child abuse and neglect in the UK and globally
  • the ability to demonstrate advanced understanding of contemporary child protection practice and policy
  • the ability to evidence in written, verbal and electronic formats assessment, re-assessment and intervention strategies
  • the ability to demonstrate understanding of complex support and intervention strategies
  • the ability to determine thresholds of risk and risk management strategies
  • the ability to appreciate and critically evaluate different interprofessional perspectives on child protection.

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • communication: the ability to organise complex information clearly, respond to a variety of written sources and present complex information orally at induction and study days
  • numeracy: make sense of statistical materials, integrate quantitative and qualitative information
  • information technology: produce written documents, undertake online research, online forums, online scenarios and work in an online environment
  • work with others on complex tasks: work co-operatively on group tasks, understand how groups function face-to-face and in an online environment
  • improve your own learning: explore your strengths and weaknesses, time management, review your working environment
  • problem-solving: identify and define complex problems, explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them.

Our aims are to provide students with:

  • detailed knowledge of child protection and safeguarding research, practice and policy from a variety of inter-professional perspectives
  • the knowledge to understand, respect and reflect on the roles of all professionals involved in child protection and to explore methods of communication between agencies
  • advanced knowledge of contemporary child protection practice in the UK and globally
  • the ability, through the use of innovative techniques, to explore the potential complexities and risk involved in child protection assessment and to explore different methods of working
  • the opportunity to visit and revisit complex child protection scenarios, through the use of serious games, case studies, research, forum discussions and acted, filmed role plays, and the ability to apply knowledge from Serious Case Reviews to promote best practice
  • with opportunities to critically evaluate support, help and current intervention strategies in child protection
  • the ability to reflect on your own practice and situations that promote ‘hot cognitions’ in child protection and to explore how to react in an emotionally intelligent way
  • to critically evaluate research and theoretical perspectives in key areas of child protection work
  • the ability to work in a manner which respects diversity and equality.
MA Award
Part-time Study Mode
24 months Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

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.

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