Core Module Information
Module title: Child Protection: Risk to Reality

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: NMS11132
Module leader: Lindsey Robb
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery and Child Health


Description of module content:

This module reflects some of the changes which have taken place in child protection work over the years. Time is allocated to allow you to explore children's needs prior to considering the challenges associated with undertaking a risk assessment. The centrality of effective inter-agency working in child protection forms a key element of the module and you will have the opportunity to scrutinise professional roles and responsibilities. Key stages in child protection procedures are "brought to life" through use of an unfolding scenario and a recorded child protection case conference, both of which highlight a number of professional dilemmas. You will explore both short and long term consequences of abuse while a final section considers evaluation of practice in terms o

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically examine the process of risk assessment within a multi-agency framework
LO2: Investigate the extent to which research, legislation and policy inform professional practice to contribute to improved outcomes for children and young people at risk of significant harm
LO3: Critically explore the impact of abuse in the short, medium and long term
LO4: Debate the extent to which services meet the identified needs of vulnerable children and young people.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2021/2, Trimester 2, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Susanne Goetzold
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module adopts an enquiry based learning approach supported by web-based materials that facilitate a student directed approach to learning. 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. Two online group tutorials will also be offered during the module in order to facilitate student group identity and to support the online learning. The multi-disciplinary nature of this student group will enhance the benefits afforded by engaging in debate with others, thereby supporting in particular the achievement of learning outcome 1.Through observation of a recorded child protection case conference, students have the opportunity to observe and reflect upon the outcome of an unfolding scenario and to evaluate the impact on and contribution of the participating professionals, thereby supporting the students with all of the learning outcomes, and in particular LOs 1, 2 and 4.

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 to all learning outcomes and in particular to LOs 2 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 (LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4). Students will be encouraged to work independently and collaboratively online to source relevant literature to support best practice. Students will be actively encouraged and expected to develop literature search strategies in order to identify relevant literature beyond that supplied within the module materials, relevant to all LOs and especially LOs 3 and 4.

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 3and 4.


As a totally online module this is designed to attract and be accessible to students living in many parts of the world. Examples of international research, relevant non-UK standards and policies are included throughout the module

Formative Assessment:
Students will be asked to submit a 700 word outline of an essay

Summative Assessment:
Students will be required to submit an essay of 4,000 words, which addresses the learning outcomes for the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 186
Online Groupwork (Independent Study) 10
Online Tutorial 4
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= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
NMS11132 Child Protection: risk to reality