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Postgraduate Course: Handling Child Protection Issues with Confidence (CNST11077)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an advanced examination of child protection issues and challenges which face counsellors/therapists and other professionals in the course of their work.
Course description Students will develop their theoretical understanding of child protection as well as increasing confidence in handling child protection issues which may arise. There will be sustained focus throughout the course on developing skills in working with children, families and other professionals in relation to child protection matters.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an advanced theoretical understanding of the effects of child abuse and neglect on child development and different areas of children's social lives.
  2. Identify and respond to disclosures ofil child abuse and neglect according to child protection procedures within the Scottish legal framework. developed confidence in handling child protection issues with an increased knowledge about the impact on the child / chdren and themselves as practitioners when disclosures are made.
  3. Consider cultural diversity in relation to the perception of and interventions in cases of child abuse and neglect.
  4. Identify, analyse and evaluate the distinctive features of listening to children in cases of abuse and neglect and to prioritise their best interests.
  5. Work effectively with other professionals when a disclosure is made and when child protection procedures / concerns are ongoing.
Reading List
Cattanach, A (1992) Play Therapy with Abused Children, London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley

Cleland, A (2008) Child Abuse, Child Protection and the Law, Scotland: W. Green

Copley, B and Forryan, B (1997) Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People, London: Cassell

Daniels, D (2010) Therapy with children: children¿s rights, confidentiality and the law, London: Sage

Easton Wickham, R and West, J (2002) Therapeutic Work with Sexually Abused Children, London: Sage

Hardwick, A and Woodhead, J (1999) (eds) Loving,Hating and Survival. A Handbook for all who work with Troubled Children and Young People, Aldershot: Ashgate

Hill, M, Lockyer, A and Stone, FH (2007) (eds) Youth Justice and Child Protection, London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley

Howe, D (2005) Child Abuse and Neglect: Attachment, Development and Intervention, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan

Jones, D and Ramchandani, P (1999) Child Sexual Abuse. Informing Practice from Research, Oxon: Radcliffe Medical Press

Murphy, J (ed) (2001) Art therapy with young survivors of abuse: lost for words, Hove: Brunner-Routledge

Rymaszewska, J and Philpot, T (2006) Reaching the Vulnerable Child: Therapy with Traumatized Children, London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley

Scottish Executive (2005) Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004 : special measures for vulnerable adult and child witnesses, a guidance pack, Edinburgh : Scottish Executive

Sharp, L (2008) The Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004, Dundee : Dundee University Press

Sharp, S and Cowie, H (1998) Counselling and Supporting Children in Distress, London: Sage
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students completing this course will have enhanced their:
- capacity to analyse complex situations and relationships.
- decision making skills especially in contexts of competing imperatives and priorities.
- awareness of their personal beliefs and values in relation to professional ethical conduct.
- ability to respond with autonomy and accountability in challenging situations.
- Self-awareness and capacity to assess their skills and knowledge.

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Course organiserMr Seamus Prior
Tel: (0131 6)51 6599
Course secretaryMs Leopoldine Barde
Tel: (0131 6)50 3890
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