The University of Stirling is launching a new child protection qualification in partnership with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) Scotland, to address the practical needs of professionals working with vulnerable children and families.
The course has a particular focus on equipping students with practical skills to augment the theoretical knowledge they have gained with greater understanding of working in frontline, challenging settings with children and families.
Brigid Daniel, Professor of Social Work at the University of Stirling, said: “We know from our extensive contact with professionals from all key disciplines concerned with the protection and wellbeing of children, that they are keen to develop their practice skills.
“We also know that children and their parents really appreciate it when the practitioners they meet spend meaningful time with them. That is why we are delighted to launch this programme.”
The one year postgraduate course, which will begin in November this year, will sit within the MSc in Applied Studies (Child Welfare and Protection) and will include a variety of innovative learning and assessment methods such as videotaped role-play, extended case study work and peer review.
The course is aimed at any professional or agency which comes into contact with vulnerable children and families such as social workers, teachers with child protection responsibilities and school nurses.
Details of the new qualification were discussed in an article on the Guardian Online's Social Care Network earlier this week - New qualification aims to bridge social work skills gap.