Module title: Child Protection

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HSC09100
Module leader: Lindsey Robb
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Protecting and Enhancing Equality


2020/1, Trimester 1, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lindsey Robb
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module offers weekly online materials which guide the student through the relevant subject matter for the week and which direct the student to additional relevant reading. Each week’s materials are explicitly related to one or more of the Learning Outcomes for the module, and each week an activity, exercise or discussion will promote shared reflection in order to support the students to construct their learning together. The multi-disciplinary nature of this student group will enhance the benefits afforded by engaging in debate with others, thereby supporting the achievement of Learning Outcomes 3 and 4. As the module progresses activities will increasingly encourage synthesis of the material and support the students to build their knowledge towards completion of the final assignment. In addition, scenario based learning, will be used to trigger reflection and discussion with other students, supporting all of the learning outcomes and in particular Learning Outcome 2. Weekly exercises will be undertaken in order to promote academic skills, and two online group tutorials will also be offered during the module in order to facilitate student group identity and to support the online learning.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Employability skills are enhanced by the content, opportunities and learning activities embedded in the module, which provide the students with skills relevant to practitioners within health, police, education and social care sectors, in addition to those from voluntary agencies. These skills include information retrieval, locating and using the best available evidence, and identifying opportunities for application to practice (relevant in particular to Learning Outcomes 3 and 4).
Research/ teaching linkages
Throughout the module, students are encouraged to discuss and debate findings and recommendations from a range of resources such as relevant research, child abuse inquiry reports, child protection inspection reports, and national policies (Learning Outcomes 1, 3 and 4). Students will be encouraged to work independently and collaboratively online to source relevant literature to support best practice.
Supporting equality and diversity
This module conforms to University guidelines in supporting students in an inclusive and non- discriminatory manner, taking into consideration diverse student groups. Throughout the module, there is an expectation that all contributions from students will be made in a way that is supportive of families living in diverse and sometimes difficult circumstances, and that reflects anti-oppressive practice. Any deviation from this norm would be constructively challenged by the module team. Specific materials relating to the diverse and difficult circumstances in which some families can find themselves are provided particularly in relation to Learning Outcomes 2 and 3, and an approach which reflects the changing and contested nature of attitudes towards good childcare across time and across cultures is supported by materials specifically in relation to Learning Outcome 1.
The module materials centre mainly on UK and especially Scottish child protection policy and legislation. However, an international perspective is nonetheless encouraged, in particular by materials and exercises relating to Learning Outcome 1. Examples of international research, relevant non-UK standards and policies are included throughout the module.

Formative Assessment:
The formative assessment for this module will be a 700 word essay plan.

Summative Assessment:
You are required to submit a written assignment of 3,000 words based on one area of child protection that has been negotiated with the academic supervisor. The work should include a critical analysis of key issues which demonstrates achievement of all four module Learning Outcomes.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Groupwork (Independent Study) 186
Online Tutorial 4
Online Groupwork (Independent Study) 10
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will have the opportunity to explore children’s needs and rights, as well as changing definitions of abuse. Also included in the module are a review of an ecological understanding of child development and attachment theory, including an exploration of the key concepts of resilience, adversity, and vulnerability which underpin practice and aid the consideration of the impact of abuse and neglect. The importance of changing societies, international perspectives and issues of equality and diversity will be highlighted.

You will also be introduced to how we can learn from public inquiries and serious and significant case reviews, contextualising their impact upon legislation, policy, and practice. Working and making decisions with parents and families will be considered alongside exploring the factors which can promote and undermine positive parenting and the capacity for parenting, including in particular the role of environmental factors and the impact of poverty upon both parenting and child development. Exploration of multi-disciplinary and multi- agency working, professional roles and responsibilities including information sharing are reviewed against the contribution of legislation and policy.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evaluate the contribution of relevant legislation and policy to promoting the best interests of children and supporting families against a background of societal change
LO2: Demonstrate an ecological understanding of the factors which influence child development
LO3: Explain the impact of abuse and neglect upon children’s development
LO4: Based on best evidence discuss multi-disciplinary, multi-agency working practices that are designed to safeguard children and young people

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