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Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding

Drawing on critical, liberal, feminist and human rights perspectives, this full-time course is designed to improve your understanding of safeguarding and the complexities of working in this challenging field. This course is also offered on a part-time basis.

Qualification: MSc

Credits: 180

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: One year

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

This course is of interest to anyone currently practicing (or aspiring to practice) safeguarding (both children and/or adults) in local government, social services, police service, NHS, and voluntary and NGO organisations wishing to broaden their areas of expertise and those interested in developing a career in safeguarding practice.

Particular job roles might include policy developer, researcher, team leader, programme manager, or unit manager.

These roles will undoubtedly focus on working with cases of both extreme and/or entrenched (or multi-generational) abuse and neglect.

You can choose to study this course full-time or part-time.

If you would like to find out more about this course, come along to a postgraduate open evening.

What will this course cover?

With some of the recent developments and changes in the field of safeguarding, from the introduction of the SOVA (Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults), and the impact of high-profile cases, there is a need to enhance the practice of the professionals working with vulnerable service users.

This safeguarding and protection masters draws upon critical, liberal, feminist and human rights perspectives, while being firmly rooted in practice elements within the sector.

Throughout the programme there will be an emphasis on work-based projects connected to students place of employment (or purported/desired place of employment).

The students will be encouraged to develop an ecological understanding of social behaviour and experience, which focuses less on individual factors than other perspectives and, instead, draws attention to the social causes of abuse and identification of risk indicators.

The programme is informed by the areas of expertise of the lecturing staff in the social work, policing and community health teams and covers a range of optional areas of study including disability, victimisation, health etc.

The dissertation element of the programme may take the form of a work-based project which will permit the students to actively combine a critical theoretical analysis with reflexive project work.

Year One

  • Applied Research Skills
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Postgraduate Dissertation
  • Critical Practice in Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include a 2nd class honours in a relevant degree. Alternatively, candidates with professional qualifications and directly relevant work experience may be considered.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2015 to August 2016 entry
Home and EU students: £7,300 per year.

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry
Home and EU students: £7,450 per year.

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

How do I apply?

To make an application for this course please download and print the following forms:

Application form
Guidance notes
Academic Reference form
Clinical Reference form
Fee authorisation form

Once these are complete please return them to:

Student Recruitment
Bucks New University
106 Oxford Road

Alternatively, if you contact the enquiries team, then they can post you a hard copy application pack.

If you are an international student, visit our international students section.

What are my career prospects?

The course aims to develop reflexive practitioners in community settings with the knowledge and skills to facilitate positive change and best practice in safeguarding vulnerable people. The focus of the course will be on furthering an identity as a thorough safeguarding practitioner and understanding the principles, values and norms of being a socially responsible social scientist.

My degree from Bucks has enabled me to apply for and successfully get promotion in my career. It gave me researching and analytical skills, more in-depth knowledge, and all those things have contributed to give me greater professional confidence.

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Joanna Goddard

After finishing my social work degree, work was difficult to find. However, after attending the master's degree I was able to gain employment. The analysing and critiquing skills learnt in relation to current safeguarding practice is fundamental to best practice.

Emma-Jane Simmons

Taking up my place on the MSc in Child Protection & Adult Safeguarding was the best career decision I could have made - it provided me with the skills and knowledge I needed to progress in my chosen field and the opportunity and encouragement to find my voice as a researcher.  Taking part in the University's SIREP Project also connected me with a high profile charitable organisation and led to full-time employment - all made possible by the amazing teaching and support from the Faculty lectures and staff.  A big thanks to all those at Bucks New University for helping me achieve my goals and land my dream job!

Rose Lloyd

Having studied the BSc Social Work at Bucks, it was, for me, natural progression to go on and study the MSc Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding. I knew when I graduated that I wanted to continue my studies and that the masters would be ideal in terms of building on my existing knowledge and developing my career.
The course has given me the opportunity to share experiences with my peers, many of whom are safeguarding leads, from a variety of professions including medicine, social work, social care and nursing. The result is a broad spectrum of knowledge; one that has assisted me in my role as a mental health support worker enormously. I have developed  greater appreciation and understanding of the challenges faced by other agencies when addressing safeguarding concerns. Furthermore, the course has developed my understanding of policy and the legislative framework as it relates to practice for the agencies I work alongside daily, lessening the misunderstandings and greatly increasing my determination to take the lead on interagency communication and information sharing.
In terms of my workplace, my manager and colleagues are enormously supportive and fully appreciate the benefits that studying the MSc brings to the team; a large, complex caseload means that I have had opportunities to put my learning into practice with a confidence and belief in my decision making that I would not otherwise have held without the course.
The academic team at Bucks are enormously supportive and approachable; I have always felt able to ask for clarification, guidance or just a little moral support and have been given that and more. Studying for the MSc around full-time work, parenting and life in general requires good juggling skills! But it results in an increased sense of achievement and ongoing fulfilment in my career. I know this course will stand me in good stead moving forwards.

Sahar Coombs