module specification

SW5053 - Safeguarding Children and Adults (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Safeguarding Children and Adults
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 300
55 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
200 hours Guided independent study
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Essay
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module aims to explore social work and multi-agency practice interventions applicable to children and adults in need and at risk of harm. Students will examine how these are informed by theory, research and the voices of children and adults.  Knowledge of inquiries and serious case reviews inform learning and concepts of prevention and protection are central to the module. Understanding thresholds and the application of professional judgement underpin best-practice models


• Defining safeguarding  
• Principles of human rights and social justice  
• Legislation, policy, and practice guidance 
• Early recognition of abuse and harm 
• Multi-agency working  
• Anti-oppressive practice
• The involvement of children and adults in safeguarding processes
• Professional  accountability

Learning Outcomes 1 - 4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The learning and teaching strategy consists of the methods listed below to help students to rehearse and develop their knowledge and skills. Students will use reading, discussion, reflection and presentation skills to engage with course content. There will be core lectures, small group learning, case analysis and independent study. Personal reflection and reflective writing will be encouraged and learning reinforced using Weblearn, visual and online materials. The module will include service user contributions.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Apply principles of human rights and social justice to the safeguarding of children and adults 
2. Examine social work practice approaches within in a context of need and risk and a framework of anti-oppressive practice
3. Engage critically with legislation, policy and practice guidance relating to harm and the safeguarding of children and adults
4. Analyse and demonstrate understanding of effective social work and multi-agency interventions in work with children and adults in the context of both need and risk and from a rights perspective.

Assessment strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide an opportunity for students to evidence their ability to apply their knowledge of research, theory, legislation, policy and practice guidance with regard to effective safeguarding practice. Students draw on a serious case review that adopts a holistic approach relating to safeguarding for both adults and children. A reflective activity based on class content will provide formative assessment at the mid-way point of the module.  Summative assessment will be an essay of 2,500 words.


Core Texts
Davies, M. (ed) (2012) Social Work with Children and Families. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Davies, M. (ed) (2012) Social Work with Adults. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Other Texts:
Brammer,A. (2014) Safeguarding Adults. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Featherstone, B. White, S. and Morris, (eds) (2014) Reimagining Child Protection: Towards Humane Social Work with Families. Bristol: Policy Press.

Frost, N and Parton, N. (2009) Understanding Children’s Social care: Politics, Policy and Practice. London: Sage.

Mantell, A. and Scragg, T. (2011) Safeguarding Adults in Social Work.  Exeter: Learning matters.


British Journal of Social Work
British Medical Journal
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child and Family Social Work
Children and Society
Children and Youth Services Review
Critical Social Policy
Drugs and Alcohol Dependence
Issues in Social Work Education
Journal of Adult Protection
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse

Useful Websites (Alcohol Concern) (Adfam) (Drugscope) (Social work, alcohol and drugs) (Social care Institute for Excellence) (Service Users Organisation website) (Skills for Care) (Practitioner alliance against abuse of vulnerable adults) (Health and Care Professions council) (Caring About Carers) (Disability Alliance) (Disabled living Foundation)