Child Protection

UCAS codes

Course contact

Martin Donachy, Lecturer
tel +44 (0)1292 886246 or 0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

Postgraduate Certificate 9 months (part-time)


Start date(s)

  • September
Recognising the increasingly high-profile nature of child protection issues requiring an integrated multi-agency service response, the course is aimed at practitioners working in health, police, social work, education and voluntary sector settings.
Candidates should normally have a degree, although those with significant practice experience will be considered for entry. All applicants must be able to draw from current practice experience in order to meet the programme’s assessment requirements. If required the Programme Leader would be happy to discuss this aspect with prospective applicants prior to submitting an application.
Protecting our children is at the very heart of society and the individuals and teams who carry out these rewarding and challenging roles make a vital contribution to the safety and well-being of present and future generations. This programme will enhance your existing skills in this sector and prepare you for a more senior specialist career.

This programme has been developed in the context of contemporary policy and practice developments relating to children’s protection and well-being in Scotland. You will have the opportunity to critically explore theoretical frameworks, research, and practice issues across professional and disciplinary boundaries in a multiagency practice environment. You will also develop a child-centred perspective in addressing the protection of children and young people. The programme is delivered on a part-time basis over one year, and adopts a blended learning approach, utilising online learning supported by twelve study days at the University’s Paisley or Lanarkshire campuses.

Your Learning

The course consists of three modules: 


  • Child Protection in Context 
  • Protecting Children 
  • Child Protection Practice


Graduates will be equipped to take on specialist child protection roles or be promoted to senior child protection roles within their agencies such as nurse consultant, social work team manager, child protection lead officer or child protection advisor. Graduates could continue their studies towards obtaining the MSc Vulnerability.

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