Early Intervention Work with Children, Parents and Carers

Key information

Start date:
To be confirmed


Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Contact details:

  • Level
    7 (postgraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module overview

This module aims to:

  • Develop your knowledge and skills in relation to supporting children, their families and carers, in order to maximise the life chances of children and young people and improve outcomes.
  • Explore the factors that affect health and social capital and the interventions that can maximise them.
  • Build on existing knowledge to link theories to practice to improve patient safety.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Critically analyse and debate the concepts of health gain and social capital and the factors that either contribute to or militate against them.
  • Critically appraise the impact of parental mental health on infant and child mental health.
  • Critically evaluate the quality of relationships and their impact on the neurological and emotional development of the child.
  • Debate the concept of early intervention in relation to supporting children and young people and their families and carers in order to maximise their health chances.
  • Critically analyse current policy, provision and practice in relation to early interventions.

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • Cornerstones of good practice, including skills development, coaching and relationship building
  • Diversity and inclusivity
  • Maternal/paternal and infant mental health
  • Early interventions
  • Attachment and bonding
  • Neuroscience
  • Vulnerability factors
  • Inequalities in health
  • Social capital
  • Enhanced needs, special needs, definitions, policy and practice
  • Current policy, practice and provision in relation to early interventions
  • Roles and partnerships in early intervention work
  • Inter-professional working.

Learning and teaching methods

For the 2023/24 curriculum, our PGT/CPD modules will continue to be delivered using hybrid learning. This means that depending on the subject and content of learning and teaching, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face to face and online delivery (both live and asynchronous), as this has worked really well for our practice-based colleagues. It is important to recognise the majority of modules contain face to face contact time and attendance at the University will be required.

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lecture
  • Debate
  • Group work
  • Student presentation
  • Self-directed learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Small group workshops
  • Discussion
  • Reflective learning
  • Tutorials
  • Expert speakers.


A three hour examination. 

Prior to the examination, you will be given a scenario illustrating an example of early intervention work. You will analyse the case study under examination conditions utilising the following concepts:

  • Concepts of health gain and social capital in relation to the early intervention work under discussion.
  • Factors affecting the parenting and development of the child, both positively and negatively.
  • The actual or potential impact of parental mental health on children or young person and how this knowledge was applied in the intervention being presented.
  • The ways in which the concept of need, relevant policy and practice have affected the case study being analysed.
  • An evaluation of the early intervention work at practitioner, team and inter-professional working level.
  • Critical evaluation of service provision and relevant policy.

Course leader

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Felicity Jones

Senior Lecturer in Integrated Care (Population Health), Director of Studies for Specialist Practice

Reading list

Take a look at the module reading list.

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 7
  • Professional registration as a healthcare professional:
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Working in health and social care.

Fees and funding

Fees are to be confirmed

How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form. 

Please note: 

  1. Applications close on 4 October 2023 or earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.
  2. It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.
  3. If you are registered on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course then you will need to complete an application form for each CPD module you wish to apply for.

Send your completed application to postreg_admin@surrey.ac.uk.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.

If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to module content) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the module. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a module with us. Read the full disclaimer.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our Medicine (Graduate Entry) BMBS degree, nursing and midwifery, and health science courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Additional information

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online. Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH.

Post-registration Administration team

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH