Advanced practice in safeguarding adults (masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module will enhance your existing professional skills and knowledge in safeguarding adults, enabling you to develop your analytical skills when working with adults at risk of abuse and/or in vulnerable circumstances. 

You will incorporate relevant theory and research to develop practice to protect an adult’s right to live a life free from abuse and neglect and be supported as you advance your professional skills and knowledge in supporting adults in making choices and exercising control over how they wish to live. 

You will build upon your existing knowledge of contemporary interventions and understanding of different areas, such as self-neglect.

Your analytical skills when working with adults at risk of abuse will be developed, as well as your practice in promoting individuals wellbeing and your knowledge of current research and theory will increase to support your practice in safeguarding adults. 

You will also increase your understanding of self in practice and how you manage uncertainty in complex practice.

This module will provide you with contemporary skills and knowledge to enhance individual practice, as well as providing supervisors or managers of other professionals with the knowledge to support your practice

It will help you to share best practice with peers and allied professionals as well as advance your skills in multi-agency/professional working.

Course details

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • critique, analyse and reflect on theory and contemporary research which supports practice in safeguarding adults
  • demonstrate the ability to select and apply relevant knowledge and research to practice
  • demonstrate the ability to collaborate effectively with a range of professionals
  • demonstrate critical thinking in working with, and managing, uncertainty in complex practice
  • apply critical reflection to inform understanding of self in practice
  • demonstrate the ability to take responsibility, and be accountable, for your practice.

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards a number of MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways - please contact the Professional Development Unit for information.


The assessment for this module is a written assignment which develops presentation work about the application of critical reflection to a case from the students’ own practice.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit)

Module dates

This module will not run in 2020. For further information please contact the Professional Development Unit Admissions Team. 

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

Module lead - Diane Galpin

"Safeguarding adults is an integral aspect of professional practice across the health and social care sector. Professionals are increasingly working in complex situations, attempting to balance autonomy with protection. This programme provides professionals with the space, skills and knowledge to develop their practice and support better outcomes for those vulnerable to abuse."

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this module:

  • you must have previously studied to graduate level
  • you must be a registered health and social care professional or a health and social care worker

You'll be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Fees and funding


Please see our professional development module fees page.


Funding for this module may be available through your employing organisation. Please contact your organisation’s education coordinator in the first instance.