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Health and Life Sciences Department of Social Work and Public Health This exciting and innovative multiprofessional distance learning course is designed for health and social workcare professionals and those with an interest in this important and dynamic area of work. Its aim is to challenge and extend the knowledge base, skills and attitudes of those working in, or interested in, the field of children, young people and family wellbeing. It will focus in particular on a critical analysis of the evidence-base for working with children and families, and will identify interventions and strategies that are linked with positive outcomes. This is an internationally focused course, which invites professionals and students from the UK, EU and overseas to study in an online, research based environment that challenges how work with children, young people and families is conceptualised and conducted. For those students who wish to obtain the MSc, the dissertation will give you the opportunity to conduct a piece of investigative research that will further understanding andor facilitate the development of a specific area of study. The course aims to develop your: * ability to critically evaluate contemporary evidence and issues in the promotion of child and family wellbeing * knowledge of theories about children's cognitive, affective, social and cultural development * understanding of psychosocial interventions and their effectiveness * understanding of the multiple factors that correlate with outcomes for children and young people * awareness of the political, policy and statutory paradigms within which interventions are based * skills in working with others in a national and international online community. The course has been designed to maximise flexibility and can be taken either as a one year full-time master?s degree, or on a module by module basis, building to the PGCert (three modules), a PGDip (six modules), or to a full MSc (nine modules including a triple dissertation module). To complete the MSc, you will undertake nine modules: 1. Children and Families: Building the Evidence This module explores the theories and research that underpin working with children and adolescents. Taking as its starting point an introduction to critical appraisal and building the evidence, this module will encourage you to explore the research and policy evidence, both national and international, on parenting, child development and contexts of being, and to challenge current theories and debates. 2. Vulnerable Children and Young People Adopting a risk and resiliency framework, this module will seek to explore children and young people caught in situations of vulnerability and challenge. These may be situations which they, their parents and their communities have little experience of, and few mechanisms for coping with (ie Children in Conflicted Families, Children as Carers, Children in War Zones, Children in Modern Society, Children in Cultural Crossfire, Children with Challenges, Children who are Exploited). 3. Risk and the Protection of Children This module will critically examine contemporary childhood from an international perspective including children's rights, child welfare and wellbeing, and children's experiences of harm in society. The module will examine current evidence on the signs and symptoms of child maltreatment, including incidence and prevalence rates and the risk factors associated with child abuse and neglect. Child protection interventions and responses to child maltreatment will be debated in relation to social and cultural contexts. 4. Substance Misuse This module will explore how substance misuse can be conceived and understood in a historical and societal context, including the extent of substance misuse. It will examine and critically assess evidence on what works in preventing and intervening with young people and families in the context of substance misuse. 5. Children and Families: Evidence-Based Social Interventions
Health and Life Sciences Department of Social Work and Public Health This exciting and innovative multiprofessional distance learning course is designed for health and social workcare professionals and those with an interest in this important and dynamic area of work. Its aim is to challenge and extend the knowledge base, skills and attitudes of those working in, or interested in, the field of children, young people and family wellbeing. It will focus in particular on a critical analysis o...