Module title: Safeguarding within a Public Protection Agenda

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

Module code: NMS11166
Module leader: Lindsey Robb
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Protecting and Enhancing Equality


2019/0, Trimester 3, Online,
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Peter Yates
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 in particular of learning outcomes 2 and 3. 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. Weekly exercises 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 to all learning outcomes and 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 and adult abuse inquiry reports, and national policies (learning outcome 2). 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 provided within the module materials (learning outcomes 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 1 and 3.

While the module materials centre mainly around UK child protection policy and legislation, as a totally online module it will be accessible to students living in many parts of the world, and international students will be encouraged and have opportunities to relate the material to the context of their own jurisdiction. 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 outline of an essay.

Summative Assessment:
Students will be required to submit a 4,000 word essay 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

Description of module content:

This module will enable you to develop an understanding of what public protection might mean, now and in the future. Approaches to safeguarding individuals, groups and communities will be explored in the context of this agenda that seeks to respond to a growing societal concern at a time of economic constraint. It reflects the growing awareness of the nature of vulnerability across the lifespan and will give you an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills to enable you to contribute effectively towards the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. Inter-agency working with vulnerable individuals and families forms a key element of the module and there is considerable scrutiny of professional roles and responsibilities and exploration into the principles of effective interagency working. You will explore risk assessment and its management within a range of settings. The module is underpinned throughout with evidence from research and child and adult abuse inquiries, and reflects current legislative and policy frameworks. It explores the tensions between the rehabilitation of perpetrators back into the community and the need for public protection.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Critically explore vulnerability and related concepts in the context of the public protection agenda
LO2: Evaluate the extent to which legislation and policy have the potential to support and safeguard individuals and communities
LO3: Critically appraise knowledge and skills required to support those in need of protection, with reference to relevant current initiatives
LO4: Critically analyse research which underpins practice in the field of public protection

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
NMS11166 Safeguarding within a Public Protection Agenda