module specification

SW7056 - Protecting Children and Adults (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Protecting Children and Adults
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 10
School Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Total study hours 100
70 hours Guided independent study
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Seen Examination 100%   3-hour seen exam
Running in 2018/19 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module will focus on the proactive protection of children and vulnerable adults in a context of current legislation, policy and practice guidance. A rights approach is central to the module, as are the voices of children, adults including adult survivors. Theory will be critically explored as applied to best practice, and the knowledge base will draw on research as well as recommendations from inquiries and serious case reviews. The module explores how professional judgement, grounded in knowledge and based on research, is effectively implemented to protect children and adults.

Prior learning requirements

SW7054 Safeguarding Children and Adults

Module aims

This module provides opportunities for students to prepare for effective social work practice through the following:

  • Placing the child or adult as central throughout the social work assessment, investigation, intervention and review processes.
  • Exploring the complexities of effective social work to protect children and adults in the context of anti-oppressive practice.
  • Emphasising social justice and a human rights approach to the subject in relation to current legislation, policy and practice guidance
  • Critically analysing theory and research as applied to the practice of proactive protection.
  • Critically analysing the role of multi-agency working together in protecting children and vulnerable adults
  • Critically reflecting on the professional role with an emphasis on professional dangerousness
  • Ensuring an understanding of the importance of professional accountability and whistleblowing


Effective social work to protect children and adults in a context of human rights and social justice
Involving children and adults in social work  processes
Protecting children and adults within a framework of anti-oppressive practice
Working together – multi-agency work to protect children and adults
Proactive protection in a context of legislation, policy and practice guidance
Serious case reviews – learning from inquiries
Working with non-abusive parents and carers
Professional dangerousness
Prevention and protection – both as essential to effective practice
Understanding patterns of offending behaviour towards children and adults
Professional accountability and whistleblowing

Learning and teaching

Taught sessions will include lectures and seminars. The seminars will include participatory activities and service users will contribute to this module.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will:

LO1 Apply critically theoretical frameworks relating to the protection of children and adults in the context of current legislation, policy  and practice guidance, research and the findings of inquiries and  serious case reviews

LO2 Explain the centrality of a social justice and human rights approach to the protection of children and adults within an anti-oppressive framework.

LO3 Evaluate critically the central importance of listening to adults and children and involving them in multi-agency child protection and planning processes.

LO4 Reflect critically on professional accountability and compliance with professional standards and ethics in relation to protecting children and adults.

LO5 Demonstrate ability to recognise and evaluate concepts of risk and harm as well as appropriate responses to protect vulnerable people.

Assessment strategy

In order to test students’ knowledge of processes and procedures as well as professional responsibility and judgement as applied to the experience of children and adults in need of protection, a 3-hour seen exam is the summative assessment.


Brown, K. (Ed) (2010) Vulnerable Adults and Community Care 2nd Ed. Essex, Learning Matters.
Calder M (ed) (2008) Contemporary risk assessment in safeguarding children. Lyme Regis. Russell House
Children’s Rights Alliance for England (2012) State of children’s rights in England. London: CRAE
Cooper, T (2007) Trust No One. London: Orion books
Davies, L and Duckett, N (2008) Proactive Child Protection in Social Work. London: Learning Matters
Davies, L. and Kerrigan Lebloch, E. (2013) Communicating with children and families in the context of need and risk. Milton Keynes: Open University Press
Department for Education (2010) Working Together to Safeguard Children. London: TSO
Department for Education (2013) Working Together to Safeguard Children. London: TSO
Department of Health (2000) No secrets: Guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse, London: TSO.
Equality Act (2010) London. TSO.
Ferguson H (2011) Child protection practice. Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan
Frampton, P. (2004) Golly in the Cupboard. Manchester: Tamic
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London Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) (2012) London Child Protection Procedures. London: LSCB
Mantell, A. and Scragg, T. (2011) Safeguarding Adults in Social Work, Essex: Learning Matters