20 credits at level HE6
This module focuses on the contemporary legal framework in relation to safeguarding children and aims to provide students with up to date, in depth knowledge and understanding regarding child and family law as a basis for effective safeguarding practice. Students will be expected to utilise taught sessions as a basis for independent learning. Skills of independent enquiry will be developed as students are expected to seek out and draw from a wide range of diverse sources to demonstrate critical analysis, evaluation and application of relevant aspects of legislation in relation to their professional practice.
Skills for studying, understanding and applying law to practice
The English legal system
Some of the following (exact content to be identified by each group in conjunction with the lecturer):
The International Human Rights framework including The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)
Human Rights Act 1998
Child Abduction Act 1984
Children Act 1989
Data Protection Act 1998
Protection of Children Act 1999
Sexual Offences Act 2003
Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003
Crime & Disorder Act 1998., Criminal Justice Act 2003
Adoption & Children Act 2002
Children Act 2004
Domestic Violence, Crime & Victims Act 2004
Mental Capacity Act 2005
The strategies for teaching and learning reflect the experience and professional status of students and build upon their previous professional and post-registration education. The strategies aim to develop students' knowledge and confidence in respect of child care law so that they may contribute towards the effective safeguarding of children in the practice setting. In view of the above, prior learning and practice experiences are recognised, built upon and valued. Participants will undergo a programme which balances exposure to subject knowledge, theoretical perspectives and professional skills linked to their safeguarding in the work place.
Students will be encouraged to engage in reflective learning through the use of a reflective diary. Elements of reflective work may be explored in classroom work and utilised in subsequent assignment work to demonstrate theory practice integration
Classroom learning will focus learning activities upon the learning outcomes of the programme. In particular activities will utilise appropriate theory, research, policy and skills to engage participants in critical analysis and evaluation of their abilities to use their knowledge and skills to use child care law to safeguard children effectively. Such activities may include lecturer presentations or online materials, group work, use of stimulus materials such as scenarios, problem solving and planning. This module will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, guided learning, independent study, group discussion and reflective practice.
The 200 hours notional time given to this module will be allocated as follows:
Classroom work: 30 hours
Private study to consolidate classroom work: 50 hours
Assignment based work: 120 hours
The assessment will take the form of two pieces of work:
One 3500 word assignment (100% of mark)
Personal Development Plan (Pass / Fail)
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand the international and national legal frameworks in relation to safeguarding children||Outline and discuss the legal framework in relation to safeguarding children taking into account relevant statute, case law and convention provisions|
|2.||Be developing skills in relation to the analysis, evaluation and application of law in relation to safeguarding children||
a. Critically analyse and apply the law in relation to the practice of safeguarding children.
b. Identify tensions within and between legal provisions for children, utilising the evidence base to discuss the impact of such contradictions
c. Suggest how contradictions may be successfully overcome in safeguarding practice
|3.||Understand how power and discriminatory practice suffuse law and policy and that such issues impact negatively on children, families and society||
a. Identify issues of power, discrimination and oppression in law, policy and practice.
b. Critically discuss how features of anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice may be actualised in safeguarding practice
|4.||Consider future learning needs in relation to the law, policy and practice of safeguarding children||Compile a personal development plan identifying how future learning needs in relation to the law, policy and practice of safeguarding children will be met|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||One 3000 word assignment||Personal Development Plan detailing how future learning needs in relation to safeguarding children will be met|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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