PgDip in Safeguarding and Promoting Children’s Welfare (part-time)

University of Bolton

Program Description

PgDip in Safeguarding and Promoting Children’s Welfare (part-time)

University of Bolton

Safeguarding and Promoting Children’s Welfare - PgDip part-time

The MSc Safeguarding and Promoting Children’s Welfare is for all professionals who work with children in a health, social care or public context. A range of professionals choose to undertake this course; for example, nurses, midwives, health visitors, teachers, the police, workers in children’s services and representatives from the voluntary sector.

Study on this course reflects the change in emphasis in safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare through integrated services. As well as enhancing your own professional development, this course helps you to guide and support others in your profession in respect of their safeguarding roles and responsibilities.

The University of Bolton's postgraduate framework in safeguarding children is extremely flexible. You can select one or two stand-alone modules to fill in gaps in your professional knowledge, or a take a number of modules and build up credits towards the postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or full masters degree.

The course challenges you to take a critical approach to your studies and professional development by enabling you to make practical and effective use of your learning in your professional role. In addition to gaining subject specific knowledge this programme enhances your research skills to make use of your developing depth of knowledge.

About the course

The Green paper ‘Every Child Matters’ and the Children Act 2004 have shifted the emphasis in child protection as a social work intervention to a broader concept of safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare through integrated services. Agencies now have a duty to safeguard children and promote their welfare through local safeguarding children boards as well as a duty to cooperate with each other to improve children’s wellbeing. Pooled budgets, the creation of children’s trusts and the duties of health, education and social care professionals to work together to offer services realigned around schools and children’s centres are key features of the strategy.

A more inclusive approach to workforce development with the introduction of a common core of skills and knowledge for the children's workforce is now in place. Local safeguarding children boards have statutory responsibilities which include workforce development and training.

This programme aims to be supportive of safeguarding board strategy and you are encouraged to draw upon work-based learning and focus your development upon leadership and service improvement. A masters level programme in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children thus allows you develop your practice in a variety of service and community settings.

Special features

  • The course has a high degree of flexibility allowing you to choose from a broad range of modules. The emphasis on all our modules is on using theory to improve practice, and the quality and effectiveness of the services offered to patients and clients. We have an open, friendly style, lots of service experience, and give personalised support.
  • Most people who work with us come from organisations in health, social care and the voluntary sector. They combine study and demanding jobs; we are very aware of the pressures this brings and try to adapt our programmes to accommodate this.
  • Students on this course have very varied leadership and managerial responsibilities. They include commissioners and providers, clinicians and non-clinicians, strategic and operational managers. Most come via word-of-mouth from previous students and are looking for a supportive academic environment that helps them do their job.
  • The Health and Community Studies Academic Group recognises that students wishing to undertake postgraduate study have varied amounts of academic experience and confidence. The department therefore offers free study skills sessions which have proved popular and productive with our past students.

What you will learn

Through study on this course your professional knowledge, skills and confidence in respect of safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare is extended. Attributes that enable you to extend professional practice in your field are developed. These include skills such as critical thinking, critical policy analysis, evaluation, synthesis and application based on theory and evidence. You will be able to deal with complex issues whilst questioning and redefining ways of working to move professional practice forward. You will understand the scope and limits of autonomy and accountability.

In addition, you will build on your existing skills. You will develop higher level team working, leadership, and professional practice skills that value user and carer needs and experiences. Your problem solving, oral and written communication and ICT skills will also be enhanced.

Study on the course will enable you to build on your professional practice and knowledge. It will help you to further develop the skills and understanding you utilise in your professional context, support you as a leader and innovator in your professional role and enhance your career development.

Your learning will be a shared experience with practitioners from different areas of health and social care, providing you with a unique insight into broader issues and practices in the field.

What you will study

The postgraduate programme in Safeguarding and Promoting Children’s Welfare allows you to start your studies by taking just one 20 credit stand-alone module. This option may be preferred if it is some time since you last studied.

Alternatively, you may prefer to apply for a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or masters degree. It is possible to build your qualification on a step-by-step basis. For example, you may complete a stand-alone module and then apply for one of the higher awards – the 20 academic credits you gained on the stand-alone module can then be counted towards that higher award. Similarly, you may complete the postgraduate certificate before choosing to carry on to postgraduate diploma or MSc level. This flexible approach is popular with our students.

An additional attraction is that you may take one module at undergraduate level and count those credits towards your postgraduate award. This option is particularly helpful if you have not studied for some time as the undergraduate module will help you remember your study skills and ease you more gently into higher level study.

To gain the postgraduate certificate you will need to accumulate a total of 60 credits; 120 credits for the postgraduate diploma and 180 credits for the MSc. These credits should be at Level HE7 (masters level), although as explained above you may count one 20 credit module at Level HE6 (undergraduate level) towards your postgraduate award.

There are a range of modules: some are core and others are optional. You may choose from the latter to best fit your own development needs. The choice, order, and pace of study of modules can be designed to give a tight fit around your professional role and service needs.

Postgraduate certificate

You must take 60 credits worth of specialist modules. These will focus on your area of specialist practice.

Core modules:

  • Safeguarding Children (20 credits);
  • Child Care Law in Practice (20 credits).

Postgraduate diploma

You will need to complete the postgraduate certificate modules above plus a further 60 credits. At this level these will usually include broader professional modules as well as a research methods module that will help prepare you for the masters-level dissertation.

Core modules:

  • Professionalism in Context (20 credits).

PLUS either

  • Critical Evaluation of Evidence and Practice (20 credits);


  • Principles and Concepts in Research Design (20 credits).

Entry requirements

You will be interviewed by a member of the course team.

Normally, you should have one of the following: a second class honours degree (2.2) or equivalent in any subject, or a relevant professional qualification and/or substantial experience in working with vulnerable children and families.

You will also need current employment (paid or unpaid) in a related role.

Non-standard entry qualifications will be considered.

Managers and professionals often find it difficult to attend open days. If you wish us to visit your service we would be happy to facilitate this in the form of road shows or similar. Please contact the programme leader to discuss.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 28, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2018
3 - 5 years
Part time
United Kingdom - Bolton, England
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