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High Quality Training, Study and Research / Raising Professional Standards

Why the Centre for Child Protection at the University of Kent?
Kent is one of the UK’s leading universities, ranked 23rd in the 2017 Guardian University League Table. The Centre for Child Protection is proud to have won both the University of Kent Social Sciences Faculty Teaching Prize and the Kent Innovation & Enterprise Innovation Award in 2014.

Child Protection simulations
The Centre has developed a suite of innovative child protection simulations available to continue your professional development.  The training sessions include face to face training and use of the licence for personal development. It is also possible to purchase training packages to roll our within your organisation. Zak and Lottie licences are able to be used in the classroom or one-to-one with young people for 12 months.  We will be demonstrating the simulations as a seminar and also at our exhibition stand.

MA Advanced Child Protection (P/T Distance Learning)
Our innovative and exciting MA programme is delivered part-time by distance learning. The programme is designed to meet the learning and development needs of multi-professional/multiagency practitioners and managers. We have created an environment where you can access 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 are also given access to the Centre’s award winning simulations; innovative learning tools; a network of world class research and academic expertise through the University of Kent. Through consistent tutor support, we aim to inspire and motivate you to raise organisational standards through confident practice.

Standalone Modules
Our new online distance-learning standalone modules are now available and are a great taster to Master's level study. All the work can be completed online and you will be able to participate in online forums and have access to journal articles and specialist materials. Additionally, there are bespoke films presented by Professor David Shemmings. After successful completion of the assignment, the module is equivalent to 20 credits at Masters level. The modules are 10 week online modules and cost £1,114 each 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 standalones). 
New Standalone Modules
As of this year we are providing professionals with the opportunity to study modules from our MA in Advanced Child Protection programme as 10 week standalone modules. These are a great taster to Master’s level study. Upon successful completion of the module(s) you will be awarded 20 MA credits from the University of Kent which you can then take forward to progress onto our MA. Please note that all entry requirements for the MA would need to be met.

These modules are all taught through the Centre’s successful distance and online learning format and consist of high quality academic resources and interactive learning tools, as well as expert video lectures from professionals and academics in the field of child protection including the Centre’s Co-Director Professor David Shemmings OBE.  

Each module is assessed through a 5000 word written assignment (85% of module grade) and contribution to online discussion forums (15%).

Each module costs £1114.00, and group/organisational discounts can be discussed. Due to the short length of these modules, the fee will need to be paid in full before the module start date (please note that our standalone module ‘Direct Work with Children’ Module SO947 is not part of the MA programme and as a completely standalone module, is costed at £895.00). Please see the below link for specific information about this module:


The Centre for Child Protection has developed a suite of innovative child protection simulations available to continue your professional development...


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