Course OverviewOur MSc Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding is now more relevant than ever, with recent changes in safeguarding legislation (i.e. the Care Act 2014), and the impact of high-profile enquiries, such as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham and Child Sexual Abuse. Offered on a full-time or part-time basis, its ideal for professionals who want to improve their knowledge and practice when working with vulnerable people.This unique, multi-disciplinary
Our MSc Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding is now more relevant than ever, with recent changes in safeguarding legislation (i.e. the Care Act 2014), and the impact of high-profile enquiries, such as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham and Child Sexual Abuse. Offered on a full-time or part-time basis, it's ideal for professionals who want to improve their knowledge and practice when working with vulnerable people.
This unique, multi-disciplinary programme attracts working professionals in a range of areas and roles. Our postgraduate students include social workers, nurses and midwives, early years professionals, police officers, and doctors who want to become experts in safeguarding.
The course also appeals to analytical people who enjoy problem solving and want to add to research in this vital area. We attract graduates from a range of disciplines including sociology, psychology and education. Your peers will help you develop a greater understanding of the challenges faced by the safeguarding system.
Bucks offers flexible study spread over one or two years, allowing you to study full-time or part-time alongside employment. Whether you're training to build your skills in your current role or change your career path, this course ensures you can immediately apply your increased knowledge in a professional setting.
As well as support from your lecturers, who are experts in their field, you will also benefit from a range of guest speakers who provide specialised workshops that add to your knowledge. Their expertise and real world experience will inspire and emphasise how your qualification can be used to benefit others.
What are my career prospects
Safeguarding children and adults is an extremely rewarding career that makes a big difference in the lives of society's most vulnerable members. When you graduate from this course, you will be able to advance your current career, change careers into a role more specifically focused on safeguarding. You'll also be in the position to pursue further academic research.
After completing this course, you can expect to work in roles of increasing seniority within your profession, or to work for local authority Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults Boards. NHS Trusts/CCGs, local authorities, voluntary/charities and schools have specific roles for those qualified in safeguarding.
Bucks graduates have gone on to roles including:
Local Authority Designated Officer
Head of Safeguarding
Policy Adviser (Skills for Care)
NSPCC Research Officer
Policy Advisor for NGOs.
Some of our graduates choose to continue their education by completing a PhD. Continuing your education gives you the opportunity to develop your skills further and research your area of interest.
How will you help me prepare for my future career?
The Safeguarding course will provide you with a strong skill set and the confidence to improve the quality of care and communication with vulnerable children and adults.
If you want to develop a career in safeguarding practice, this course will prepare you for job roles such as policy developer, researcher, team leader, programme manager or unit
manager in the NHS, local government and charities.
Bucks New University is a friendly, vibrant place to study. It has over 125 years experience of providing employer-lead higher education, having started out in 1891, running evening classes for the local community and retraining soldiers into new employment.
Today, the university still focuses heavily on employability, with courses which blend together academic teaching with professional and practical elements. There is an on-going commitment to investing in industry-standard facilities as well as tutors who have a track record in business and professional insight.
Bucks is proud to be recognized for creating a supportive learning community with small class sizes, highly interactive teaching and focused employment-related studies and has earned a Silver Award in this year’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
Where you'll study
Queen Alexandra Road