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. 
The course has been developed in the context of contemporary policy and practice developments relating to child 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, while developing a child-centred perspective in addressing the protection of children and young people. Delivered on a part-time basis over one year, the course adopts a blended learning approach, utilising open learning workbooks supported by twelve study days at the University’s Paisley or Hamilton 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.