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Aims and Learning Outcomes

This module gives you a theoretical background to the clinical and legal issues encompassed as Safeguarding Children.

It sets practice in the context of UK and international law.

Learn to:
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the theoretical background to safeguarding children, including aspects of vulnerability and resilience, ecological models of maltreatment, children’s rights, equality and diversity, and parent-child interaction
  • Demonstrate up-to-date knowledge of the nature and causes of child maltreatment
  • Understand and respect the complementary roles of different professionals involved in  safeguarding and child protection practice
  • Comprehend the dynamic of communication  with children, families and colleagues within the safeguarding arena.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence for strategies to safeguard and protect children
  • Understand and reflect on the legal background to child protection practice
  • Understand the basis of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and analyse its implications for practitioners in child health.
  • Understand and explain the basis of the 1989 and 2004 Children Acts, Working Together to Safeguard Children, and the Framework of Assessment of Children in need

Child Health


Hazel Cann

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