Postgraduate Certificate in Child, Welfare and Protection

University of Stirling

Program Description

Postgraduate Certificate in Child, Welfare and Protection

University of Stirling

Postgraduate Certificate in Child, Welfare and Protection

This is a post-qualifying course for staff working in child welfare and protection, including those in social work, health, education, the police and associated disciplines. With a focus on improving outcomes for children, this coures tackles core challenges in practice including assessment, planning and effective practice. The course builds professional knowledge and competence sequentially through consideration of key frameworks (such as attachment theory and resilience), critical reflection on multi-professional judgement and decision-making, through to examination of the latest research and practice developments in care planning and intervention. The Certificate comprises three modules:

  • Understanding children’s needs: context and frameworks
  • Understanding children’s experiences: assessment and decision-making
  • Improving outcomes for children and young people


The Certificate is accredited by the CPD Standards Office.

Structure and content

The course is delivered in a number of local venues across Scotland (Stirling, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness) with multiple intakes in both the autumn and spring terms. This provides excellent flexibility and accessibility for students across the country. The Certificate consists of three 20 credit modules (Scottish Qualifications and Credit Framework) which are designed to be taken sequentially across one year of study. Each module is delivered over seven days through a blend of direct teaching and structured learning activities. Modules are structured to accommodate the pressures experienced by professionals combining adult learning with demanding workloads. Unique to this course, there is a final day in the timetable which provides students with the tools and opportunity to review their learning across the course. This review of learning is designed to facilitate embedding of learning in practice and to dovetail the learning outcomes from the course with the student’s ongoing professional development.

Delivery and assessment

Teaching methods blend direct teaching and a variety of structured learning activities. Direct teaching is led by academics with extensive experience in child welfare and protection practice. Teaching groups are limited in numbers to facilitate small group discussion and support critical reflection on key practice issues. Structured learning activities are supported by bespoke resource books and selected articles which are included in the course fee.

Throughout the course, students have access to Succeed, the University’s online learning environment. This facility supports learning through use of video-based case studies which allow students to share their individual practice experiences with others and critically reflect on working in complex and contested practice situations. Selected podcasts with world-renowned academics provide students with direct access to the latest messages from research. Discussion boards and direct links to resources from the University library provide learning opportunities which recognise the intertwined nature of theory and practice in child welfare and protection.

Each module is formally assessed by means of a 3,000-word assignment in which students apply their learning from the module to critically reflect on a specific situation or issue in their professional practice.

Module titles

  • Understanding children’s needs: context and frameworks (CWPPA1)
  • Understanding children’s experiences: assessment and decision-making (CWPPA2)
  • Improving outcomes for children and young people (CWPPA3)

Career opportunities

The Certificate in Child Welfare and Protection is a benchmark qualification which has been in existence since 1989. Many organisations require the Certificate qualification before a professional takes on child protection work within their role. As such, the Certificate is an important qualification for career development and the consolidation of professional experiential learning. The Certificate has been awarded to professionals from a range of backgrounds including social work, health, education and early years. Graduates are working across local authorities, health authorities and a range of voluntary organisation in roles which include frontline practice, management, learning and development and policy.


  • 2016/17 Home/EU £2,000
  • 2015/16 Home/EU £2,000

Academic requirements

Students generally hold a relevant professional qualification and are working in a professional role in health and/or social services. A minimum of two years post-qualifying experience is expected.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 16, 2016
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1 year
Part time
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Stirling, Scotland
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