Participation for children and young people (masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module gives you the opportunity to review current working practices, nationally and internationally, to enhance participation focus of goals with children and young people and improve service provision.

You will increase your understanding of current trends within practice and/or research and how they shape service delivery for children and young people as well as developing your analytical skills in relation to interventions and outcome measures used in children’s services and how they facilitate or inhibit participation.

You will have opportunities to debate and discuss creative solutions to practice issues and enhance your critical reflection skills to develop professional practice with children, young people and families.

Course details

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

  • investigate and critically reflect on current national and international trends in service provision for children and young people
  • evaluate the complexity of enhancing participation for children and young people through exploring the impact of current working practices, policies and legislation
  • critically appraise and apply the evidence base to an area of professional practice with a focus on enhancing participation for children and young people.

This module can be studied as a standalone module, as an optional module for the MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy programme or as an optional module towards some other MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.


The assessment for this module is a 4,000 word critical evaluation.

(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

10, 11, 24, 25 November 2020. 

The university is following government guidelines on COVID 19 and there is a possibility that some modules may require online delivery. We will keep you informed of any decisions regarding this.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers – for further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

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 – Dr Susan Mitchell

"This exciting and stimulating new module aims to broaden our understanding and to challenge our thinking about the nature of participation for children and young people. The module will utilise a variety of learning and teaching styles designed to promote a healthy development of ideas – thus contributing to a better critical understanding of the topic. Emphasis on applying this expertise in practice is an important part of this module."

Find out more about Dr Susan Mitchell  

Find out more about the 'Participation in everyday life' research group

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this module:

  • you must be a registered health and social care professional or a health and social care worker who has previously studied to graduate level to study the module at masters level

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 trust. To apply please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.