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The Centre for Child Protection at the University of Kent

High Quality Training, Study and Research Aimed at Raising Professional Standards

Why the Centre for Child Protection at the University of Kent?
The University of Kent is one of the country’s leading academic institutions producing world-class research, delivering outstanding teaching and serving the communities of which we are proud to be a part. The Centre for Child Protection is a multi-award-winning international Centre of excellence which aims to get to the heart of child protection training. The Centre is proud to have won the Kent Innovation & Enterprise Innovation Award in 2014, the Guardian Digital Innovation Award in 2016, the Higher Education Academy’s Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence (CATE) 2017 and, most recently, the BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award 2022.

Child Protection Simulations
The Centre has developed a suite of innovative child protection simulations available to continue you or your organisation’s professional development.  The training sessions can be delivered face-to-face or virtually via the use of a licence for personal development or to roll out training within your organisation. The Centre has a “Grooming Suite” of simulations and training tools (Zak & Young Zak, Looking Out for Lottie, Behind Closed Doors and Crossing the Line) which are focused on matters of exploitation and radicalisation. The “Rosie Suite” (Rosie 1, Rosie 2 and myCourtroom: Rosie’s Family Go to Court) is a series of simulations focused on issues related to child sexual abuse, neglect, courtroom skills and a variety of bespoke areas of focus.

If you are interested in learning more about our multi-award-winning simulation and training suits for continuing professional development individually or for organisational development, please come and see us at stand 21, join our workshop for a taster of our simulation and training tools or contact us by email

MA Advanced Child Protection (P/T Distance Learning)
Our innovative and exciting MA programme is delivered part-time by distance learning – so location is not a problem! We also offer part-time distance learning Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates in Advanced Child Protection. The programmes are designed to meet the learning and development needs of multi-professional/multiagency practitioners and managers within child protection. You will have access to varied and relevant resources including video lectures from experts/leading academics; online access to academic journals; e-books and thought-provoking activities promoting reflective practice and critical thinking. You will also be able to access to the Centre’s multi-award-winning simulations, a number of innovative learning tools, a network of world class research and academic expertise through the University of Kent. Through consistent tutor support, our aim is to inspire and motivate with the goal of raising organisational standards through confident practice.

If you are interested in learning more about our post-graduate study programmes, please see us at Stand 21 or contact us by email:

Standalone Modules
Our online distance-learning standalone modules are a great taster to Master's level study which offers an opportunity to study modules from our MA in Advanced Child Protection programme. All the work can be completed online with the aid of online forums and access to journal articles and specialist materials. After successful completion of the assignment(s), the module is equivalent to 20 credits at Masters level. The modules run for 10-weeks and upon successful completion, can form a pathway towards our MA in Advanced Child Protection (please note that all entry requirements for the MA would need to be met should you decide to build towards the MA through studying the standalone modules). 

If you are interested in learning more about our post-graduate study programmes, please see us at Stand 21 or contact us by email:

Please see our website for more specific information about our simulations, postgraduate studies in Advanced Child Protection and Standalone Modules:


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