module specification

SW7054 - Safeguarding Children and Adults (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Safeguarding Children and Adults
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 10
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 100
70 hours Guided independent study
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Essay (2,000 words)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Monday Morning

Module summary

The module focus is safeguarding children and adults.  Learning is situated within current legislation, policy and practice guidance and draws on knowledge grounded in research and the recommendations of serious case reviews. The module promotes principles of social justice and human rights and the voices of children and adults are represented throughout. A multi-professional approach is central to this module.

Module aims

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 critically 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 and teaching

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 and case analyses. Personal reflection and reflective writing will be encouraged and learning reinforced using Weblearn, visual and online materials. The module will include service user contribution.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to :

LO1  Apply critically principles of human rights and social justice to the safeguarding of  children and adults

LO2 Examine social work practice approaches within in a context of need and risk and a framework of anti-oppressive practice. 

LO3 Engage critically with legislation, policy and practice guidance relating to harm and the safeguarding of children and adults.

LO4 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 critically analyse and apply their knowledge of research, theory, legislation, policy and practice guidance with regard to effective safeguarding practice. 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 2,000 words.


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Brown, K. (Ed) (2010) Vulnerable Adults and Community Care 2nd Ed. Essex: Learning Matters.
Calder, M. (Ed) (2008) Contemporary risk assessment in safeguarding children. Dorset: Russell House.
Cossar, J, Brandon, M and Jordan, P (2011) ‘Don’t make assumptions’: children’s and young people’s views of the child protection system and messages for change. London: OCC.
Children Act (1989) London:  HMSO.
Children Act (2004) London: TSO.
Davies, L. and Duckett, N. (2013) Proactive child protection and social work.  London: Sage.
Davies, L. and Kerrigan Lebloch, E. (2013) Communicating with children and their families in the context of need and risk. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
Davies, M. (Ed) (2012) Social Work with Children and Families, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
DfE (Department of Education) (2010/2013) Working Together to Safeguard Children, London: TSO.
DH (Department of Health) (2000) No secrets: Guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse, London: DH.
Great Britain. Parliament. Equality Act 2010: Elizabeth II. [Online]. (2010) Available at: [Accessed 18 June 2013].
Hothersall, S. and Maas-Lowit, M. (Eds) (2010) Need, Risk and Protection in Social Work Practice, Exeter: Learning Matters.
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UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) (1989)