module specification

SC5083 - Safeguarding Children (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Safeguarding Children
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
60 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
60 hours Guided independent study
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
0 hours Placement / study abroad
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   3000 word essay allowing students to demonstrate their ability to explain and apply safeguarding principles to a number
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Friday Morning

Module summary

The aim of this module explore the responsibilities, tensions and factors relating to safeguarding children and young people within a youth justice context. Although legal and practice based frameworks will be discussed, at the heart of the module will be helping the student understand the wide range of factors impacting child safety

Prior learning requirements

Pre-requisite – Personal and Social Factors Impacting Young People


Topic + Learning Outcomes

Defining Safeguarding Principles of human rights and social justice LO 1
Legislation, policy, practice guidance and professional accountability LO 1 + LO 6
Early recognition of abuse and harm LO 2
Multi-agency working and Anti-oppressive practice LO 2, LO 5 + LO 6
The involvement of children and adults in safeguarding processes LO 2, LO 5 + LO 6
Safeguarding and the family home LO 3, LO 4 + LO 5
Safeguarding and Looked after children LO 3, LO 4 + LO 5
Safeguarding and Child criminal exploitation LO 3, LO 4 + LO 5
Safeguarding and online risks LO 3, LO 4 + LO 5
Supporting Victims LO 3, LO 4 + LO 5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module comprises of 10 weeks taught workshops supported by guided learning in the form of suggested reading available on weblearn. All workshops will be recorded and lecture slides and recordings will be available on line.

The workshops will combine the theoretically basis for the national standards for youth justice services with the opportunity for students to apply this knowledge to historical cases. Each workshop will contain a group work element where students discuss particular standards in light of a scenario presented in the workshop and have their application of the standard’s peer reviewed.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

1. Understand the core principles behind safeguarding
2. Recognise the various factors involved in safeguarding and understand the different roles and responsibilities
3. Identify key safeguarding concerns affecting children within the youth justice system
4. Apply safeguarding principles to a range of issues relating to children’s lives
5. Assess the effectiveness of safeguarding practice in supporting children within the youth justice system.
6. Show competence in regards to the Standards for children in the justice system and relevant areas of the Youth Justice Skills and Knowledge Matrix at Induction and Foundation level (YJSAKM -I22/I29/I32-33/I36-37/I40-44/F59/F6/F41/F47-48/F66-70/F72)

Assessment strategy

The module will have a 3000 word essay which will allow students to demonstrate that they can their ability to explain, apply and critique safeguarding principles to a number of factors impacting children within the youth justice system


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.

Additonal 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.

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)