Working in the professional environment with children and families (masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module will develop your knowledge and skills when working in a complex and changing professional environment, taking a systematic view of working in child welfare and safeguarding. 

You'll use critical case analysis and discussion to explore complex situations and creative responses in a number of challenging cases, from families to individual situations or even service delivery issues.

This module will increase your ability to critically use learning materials such as Serious Case Review reports and allow you to develop a professionally ‘curious’ and creative approach in your safeguarding work. 

You'll build on your confidence in working with professionals from other agencies to safeguard children and young people, including those cases where other agencies are involved (for example, the prison service) and develop skills in participating in and chairing multi-agency meetings, and particularly in incorporating and valuing the views and wishes of children and young people in these meetings.

You will complete the module with increased confidence in working directly with children and young people and use this to promote the welfare of those you work within a range of settings.

Course details

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

  • critically apply learning from materials such as serious case review reports and research to inform your own practice
  • demonstrate an inquiring, professionally ‘curious’ and creative approach in your work to safeguarding children and young people with whom you work
  • demonstrate competence in sharing information and working with professionals from other agencies to safeguard children and young people in complex situations
  • demonstrate skills and knowledge in promoting the welfare of children and young people in a range of settings including planning processes
  • demonstrate skills to support professional participation in meetings; incorporating and valuing the views and wishes of children and young people, and employing active problem-solving and effective communication skills.

This can be studied as a standalone module - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.


The assessment for this module is a 4,000 word essay on the application of theory from the module to an example of professional working taken from your 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 is currently not running in 2019/20. Please contact the Professional Development Unit admissions team for more information.  

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.

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 Andrew Wills

The module builds on practice experience using theoretical knowledge to establish a coherent framework through which practitioners can interpret the complex and dynamic contexts of social work or health and social care.

Find out more about Dr Andrew Wills

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 trust. Please contact your trust’s education coordinator in the first instance. If you work in the private, independent or voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you accordingly.