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BA(Hons) Child and Family: Mental Health

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Find out more about our BA(Hons) Child and Family: Mental Health

Whether you work within or with the Education, Health, Social Care, or Voluntary sector, our innovative, flexible, and applied degree is ideal for you if you are passionate about actively supporting the mental health and well-being of children, families, and communities. Informed by dimensions of happiness and well-being and associated concerns regarding societal progress in these areas, the degree empowers you in examining child and family mental health by taking a holistic approach, which also encompasses physical and social well-being and is viewed across the lifespan.

Key Features

  • Options to study the Mental Health pathway, or a more general Health and Well-being pathway
  • Evening and Saturday teaching to fit into your work and family commitments
  • Flexibility to study fully online or a blended approach to suit your location and learning preferences
  • Opportunities to apply your learning directly to community practice throughout the degree


Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements are flexible
  • Whilst prior academic experience is an advantage, this course has been designed to equally value the life experience of our students
  • NVQ Level 3 or prior academic/vocational study and experience is an advantage
  • GCSE grade C or level 4 in English and maths is an advantage

Free Thrive+ to help you enter the course

If you are offered a place on the course, you will automatically be welcomed onto the Thrive+ Programme and it is free to attend. Thrive+ is an interactive, online personal development programme, designed to help build your confidence, resilience and agency ahead of you starting your academic studies on this Degree. An experienced team of facilitators will support you throughout the programme.

It will help you:

  • Increase your self-awareness through understanding your own strengths and values
  • Grow your confidence through exploring boundary setting and building assertiveness
  • Feel empowered, overcome self-doubt and increase resilience
  • Push beyond your comfort zone
  • Make connections with like-minded students and start to build a community of support

Thrive+ will run online on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 18:00-21:00 for two weeks prior to the course start date. In 2024, the dates are: 17, 19, 24 and 26 September 2024.

Course Overview

    This degree aims to support you, as life-long learners and reflective practitioners in:

    • Striving to achieve the sustainable promotion and improvement of mental health and wellbeing for children and families that are at the heart of our practice;
    • Championing the voices of families so that they are positioned at the forefront of the policies created to support them;
    • Advocating for compassionate, ethical, and inclusive practices to support child and family mental health;
    • Practicing self-and collaborative leadership for the purposes of lifelong personal and professional development and the committed pursuit of best practice;
    • Embracing an eco-systems and relational approach to working with children and families;
    • Prioritising an evidence-based, research-informed approach to ensure that the highest quality and standards are maintained for children and families.

    Two Pathways

    This course provides you with the opportunity to either take the specialist award in BA(Hons) Child and Family: Mental Health, or to undertake a general pathway and achieve the award of BA (Hons) Child and Family: Health and Wellbeing.

    Within the Mental Health Pathway, you can expect to examine areas relating to

    • Integrated Positive Practice in Mental Health and Wellbeing,
    • Trauma-Informed Practice with Families, and
    • Global Perspectives of Mental Health.
    • You will also design and conduct a piece of research focusing on an aspect of child and family mental health.

    Further Information

    The university has developed Exit Awards in order to recognise the achievement of undergraduate students where it was not possible to award the highest qualification for which they were registered, these include CertHE and DipHE.

    Course IMHCF Compentency

    The Association for Infant Mental Health UK confirms that the University of Warwick utilised the IMHCF(The Infant Mental Health Competency Framework) in the development of its BA (Hons) Child & Family: Health & Wellbeing course for students following the mental health pathway and addresses key domains at Level 1 which includes:

    • Infant neurodevelopment and the primary attachment relationship
    • Relationship-based practice
    • Safeguarding, supervision and support
    • Working with safeguarding and data protection guidelines

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    Who is the Programme for?

    • This programme offers students the chance to combine Degree-level study with work and family commitments.
    • This course will appeal to staff and volunteers working with (or aspiring to work with) children, families and communities. This includes, but is not limited to:
      • social work assistants
      • nursery nurses
      • parents
      • health care assistants
      • students in/aspiring to work in pastoral roles within a range of settings
      • play workers
      • portage workers
      • parenting workers and
      • family hub staff

    Teaching

    • This degree programme is run by a dedicated team of experts in the field who have a wealth of experience in supporting students to flourish.
    • Our module sessions are based upon fun, interactive and critical discussions and activities that ensure that you are supported in understanding and applying your learning to your own professional and personal contexts.
    • Our teaching is based upon building trusting, authentic relationships with our students, that provide the foundations for you to confidently progress.
    • We ensure that you can focus carefully on one module per term – ensuring that you have the time and space to build your understanding and draw meaningful connections to practice.
    • You will engage in ongoing reflection for the purposes of lifelong personal and professional development and the committed pursuit of best practice.
    • By its interdisciplinary nature, the course equips you to engage, through relational, integrated practices, with multi-agency teams and therefore with a variety of professionals, as well as with children and families within varying contexts.
    • University of Warwick was recently awarded Gold in all categories of the government's latest Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rankings.

    Warwick has achieved a triple Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2023

    Assessment

    Our Assessment Strategy prioritises inclusivity, authenticity and personalisation – meaning that we assess you in a variety of ways (no exams!) and that you have the flexibility to tailor the assessments to suit your own related passions and interests. You’ll see that we also foster your digital capabilities throughout the Degree, for instance through the creation of your own Podcasts and E-Portfolios.

    • Assessment modes include: portfolios, podcasts, training package design and delivery, essays, posters, proposals and a research project.

    BA(Hons) Child and Family: Health and Wellbeing modules

    This course provides you with the opportunity to undertake a more general pathway, and achieve the award of BA(Hons) Child and Family: Health and Wellbeing. Within this pathway, you will study the following modules.

    Year One

      Foundations of Wellbeing

      This module recognises the significance of wellbeing - both our own and that of the families we work with. We will begin by focusing on individual, academic and professional wellbeing and then we will expand outward to consider wellbeing in families, communities, as well as workplaces.

      Individual and Community Lifespan Development

      This module supports students to explore the lifespan development of individuals and families within a community context. Topics include pre-natal development and parental wellbeing. This module supports students to become adaptable and flexible in their response to persistent inequalities that impact upon human development across the lifespan.

      Health and Welfare Policy Making and Service Delivery

      A key feature of this module is the opportunity to utilise a rights-based approach to consider child and family policy initiatives. This module focuses on topics such as the voices of children and families in policy-making and the broader national and global policy context and influences surrounding local policies. This module directly connects to workplace practice by supporting students to consider their own place and that of families, within the policy eco-system.

      Year Two

      Early Intervention and Holistic Care

      This module focuses on topics such as intervention, holistic family support, parental and infant mental health, as well as crime and violence. This module directly connects to workplace practice by supporting students appreciate the value of a holistic, ecologically-minded approach to working with children and families, as well as the confidence and skills necessary to engage with them to determine the effectiveness of the services they receive.

      Evidence-Based Practice for Child and Family Support

      Within this module, we champion the achievement of best practice by taking an evidence-based approach. This includes emphasising the value of practitioner expertise and knowledge of the best external research, and evaluation-based evidence in order to support decision-making in effective, whole-family support. A key feature of this module is the opportunity to examine the role of community partnerships and collaborative working in the development of high-quality practice, as well as to design your own research proposal.

      Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellbeing

      This module supports students to explore contemporary debates relating to child and family health, safeguarding, illness and well-being, within the context of social, economic and cultural factors that shape contemporary agendas. Students will develop confidence in identifying and addressing contemporary health needs within communities, as well as features of targeted health promotion and prevention strategies. Aspects such as lifestyle choices and behaviour change, inclusive practice in health and wellbeing services, as well as inequalities and disparities in health care for children and families will be explored.

      Year Three

      Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability

      This module investigates the concepts of inclusion, special educational needs and disability. Students will be encouraged to think critically and consider SEND from differing perspectives and to apply insights from education, health and social care contexts, as appropriate, to inform understanding and knowledge. The module provides students with opportunities to examine different professional roles and support associated with working with children and adults with SEN and/or disabilities, for example, by exploring the role of psychologists, medical professionals, mental health and wellbeing roles, occupational and physical health and speech and language therapists.

      Applied Community Practice - optional module

      This module is available to students on the BA(Hons) Child and Family: Health and Wellbeing or BA(Hons) Child and Family: Mental Health. This module enables students who work or volunteer in an educational, health or social care setting the opportunity to integrate their theoretical learning with professional practice in their community. Students can either undertake their work-based learning within their current workplace or in an alternative setting. To undertake the module, students will be required to undertake a standard police check (DBS) or have an existing DBS certificate registered with the update service.

      Global Citizenship and Sustainable Family Health

      This module takes an innovative approach by utilising global health study to examine national and local family health. In doing so, this module provides students with the opportunity to identify the links between individual health choices and global health outcomes. A key feature of this module is the ability for students to actively contribute to the knowledge field in their creation of an online publication relating to sustainable family health. This module focuses on topics such as global citizenship, equitable partnerships, family lifestyle and behaviours as well as sustainable practice with children and families.

      Leadership in Strengths-Based, Family-Focused Practice

      Within this module, we will examine strengths-based approaches to leadership, in which the signature strengths of the families and colleagues we work with are embraced in order to ensure conditions that enable them to flourish. This module also promotes the critical role of equality, diversity and inclusion within leadership teams from a global and local level in community-based projects. Upon completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the importance of advocating for children, families and adults through effective and sustainable leadership.

      Year Four

      Research Design, Practice and Ethics

      This module encourages students to identify their role as a researcher - which forms an integral part of their professional identity. In addition, this module supports students to examine ethical principles for research and the centrality of the voice of children and families in matters concerning them.

      Investigating Child and Family Health and Wellbeing

      Within this module, you will utilise your insight gained from across the course, and you will design and conduct a study relating to child and family mental health that provides a vision for the future. Upon completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate, through their study, the significance of championing children and families in all aspects of mental health which will be showcased in a Course Celebration Ceremony and Conference.

      BA(Hons) Child and Family: Mental Health modules

      Each module has been crafted to ensure a careful balance between vocational and theoretical, conceptual components and you are encouraged throughout your journey with us, to apply your learning to your own workplace or voluntary context.

      Year One

      Foundations of Wellbeing

      This module recognises the significance of wellbeing - both our own and that of the families we work with. We will begin by focusing on individual, academic and professional wellbeing and then we will expand outward to consider wellbeing in families, communities, as well as workplaces.

      Individual and Community Lifespan Development

      This module supports students to explore the lifespan development of individuals and families within a community context. Topics include pre-natal development and parental wellbeing. This module supports students to become adaptable and flexible in their response to persistent inequalities that impact upon human development across the lifespan.

      Health and Welfare Policy Making and Service Delivery

      A key feature of this module is the opportunity to utilise a rights-based approach to consider child and family policy initiatives. This module focuses on topics such as the voices of children and families in policy-making and the broader national and global policy context and influences surrounding local policies. This module directly connects to workplace practice by supporting students to consider their own place and that of families, within the policy eco-system.

      Year Two

      Early Intervention and Holistic Care

      This module focuses on topics such as intervention, holistic family support, parental and infant mental health, as well as crime and violence. This module directly connects to workplace practice by supporting students appreciate the value of a holistic, ecologically-minded approach to working with children and families, as well as the confidence and skills necessary to engage with them to determine the effectiveness of the services they receive.

      Evidence-Based Practice for Child and Family Support

      Within this module, we champion the achievement of best practice by taking an evidence-based approach. This includes emphasising the value of practitioner expertise and knowledge of the best external research, and evaluation-based evidence in order to support decision-making in effective, whole-family support. A key feature of this module is the opportunity to examine the role of community partnerships and collaborative working in the development of high-quality practice, as well as to design your own research proposal.

      Integrated Positive Practice in Mental Health and Wellbeing

      This module supports students to explore multi-dimensional approaches to mental health and wellbeing and contemporary debates towards integrated positive practices. Within this module we explore the promotion of positive approaches towards a life well lived, and students will be able to appreciate the multidimensional nature of mental health and well-being across the lifespan.

      Year Three

      Developing Trauma-Informed Practice with Families

      This module supports students to develop an understanding of trauma and how it manifests across the lifespan, as well as the potential impact of trauma on engagement between the child or family and the practitioner. Students will explore the principles of trauma-informed approaches to working with children and families across the life course. The module will encourage students to analyse the prevalence of trauma and its influence on emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing of children and families.

      Applied Community Practice - optional module

      This module enables students who work or volunteer in an educational, health or social care setting the opportunity to integrate their theoretical learning with professional practice in their community. Students can either undertake their work-based learning within their current workplace or in an alternative setting. For students on the mental health pathway, the setting should relate to work in broad contexts of mental health and/or wellbeing.

      Global Perspectives of Mental Health - optional module

      This module supports students to examine how mental health is understood and how mental distress is treated globally. We will be reflective of the determinants of mental health. This includes individual attributes, but also cultural, economic and environmental factors, whilst paying attention to the values of children and families, theories and professional perspectives that inform global, national and local actions.

      Leadership in Strengths-Based, Family-Focused Practice

      Within this module, we will examine strengths-based approaches to leadership, in which the signature strengths of the families and colleagues we work with are embraced in order to ensure conditions that enable them to flourish. This module also promotes the critical role of equality, diversity and inclusion within leadership teams from a global and local level in community-based projects. Upon completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the importance of advocating for children, families and adults through effective and sustainable leadership.

      Year Four

      Research Design, Practice and Ethics

      This module encourages students to identify their role as a researcher - which forms an integral part of their professional identity. In addition, this module supports students to examine ethical principles for research and the centrality of the voice of children and families in matters concerning them.

      Investigating Child and Family Health and Wellbeing

      Within this module, you will utilise your insight gained from across the course, and you will design and conduct a study relating to child and family mental health that provides a vision for the future. Upon completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate, through their study, the significance of championing children and families in all aspects of mental health which will be showcased in a Course Celebration Ceremony and Conference.

      Careers

      New roles are emerging in education, health, social care, community and voluntary settings. You’ll be ideally prepared for careers in:

      • Family Support
      • Advocacy work
      • Health Promotion
      • Health Work in Schools
      • Pastoral care
      • Community Work
      • Family Centres
      • Parenting Support
      • Childcare Teams
      • Targeted work with vulnerable families

      Fees and Funding

      Tuition fees per year for Home Students in 2024/25 are as follows:

      • £6,938 (90 credits)

      Currently, the University of Warwick is not sponsoring students on part-time or distance learning courses with a Student Visa (formerly known as Tier 4 visa). Therefore, if you require a visa to study a part-time or distance learning course in the UK which is longer than six months' duration, you may wish to consult the 'right to study' page on our Student Immigration & Compliance website before you make an application.

      Funding your studies

      See our finance information page for more information regarding financing your studies. Have a look at our funding scenarios to see if fee waivers, grants, funds and loans might be available for you.

      Delivery Modes

      Our flexible and supportive approach to online and blended learning means that you can study in a way that suits you best, fitting in with your personal and professional commitments and at a location to suit you. You can choose whether to follow a distance learning pathway studying online from work, home, or your choice of location, or you can choose a blended learning approach that combines distance learning with occasional face-to-face sessions at the University. Our experienced tutors and supporting team will support you to thrive throughout your learning journey with us. There really is no need for compromise - you can earn and learn.

      For each module, you will attend live taught sessions delivered one evening a week with a small number of Saturday sessions built in throughout the year. You will be introduced to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle and how to find and navigate the key online information, resources and activities. Your online access to the VLE means that you can revisit information, key theories and listen again to the tutor's advice for assessments as many times as you wish, from wherever you wish. You'll receive a resource and support pack which includes core information, such as readings, activities, tutor videos and tutor podcasts to enrich your learning experience.

      You will get all the help and advice you need when it comes to completing assessments. For each module, you will receive targeted support, details of each assessment, its submission date and useful guidance to help you structure your work. Each module will also be accompanied by discussion forums and collaborative activities to support you in building meaningful relationships across your group and with your tutors. We believe that building trusting professional relationships is vital to ensuring student success and progression, and that is why you will see this built in as a consistent approach throughout this degree.

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