Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Key information

Start date: 07 October 2022

Attendance dates:

October 2022: 07, 10, 11, 24, 25


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

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 aims

This module aims to develop your skills and knowledge related to safeguarding young people, children and vulnerable adults. You will also be prepared to evaluate and support effective practice in your own area and to reflect upon, debate and appraise current research in a multi-disciplinary environment. 

The module will provide an opportunity for you develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the complexities surrounding safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. You will be empowered to play a pro-active role in the protection of vulnerable people.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you should be able to:

  • Raise awareness of equity and diversity issues within partnership working.
  • Appraise and apply relevant concepts from current literature and research.
  • Critically analyse and debate historical and current drivers that influence practice, policy and legislation in relation to safeguarding.
  • Extend, review and apply knowledge and understanding of the different categories of abuse.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of presenting signs and symptoms and the possible long-term effects of abuse.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate a variety of assessment and risk assessment models and be able to apply these to practice taking into account relevant legislation and ethical considerations.
  • Critically evaluate current safeguarding practice and your own professional accountability.
  • Critically appraise your own practice and service delivery in relation to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • Safeguarding in context: to include legislation and the historical and political drivers of current policy.
  • Recognition and responding to abuse.
  • Roles and responsibilities.
  • ‘Working together’ within and across agencies.
  • Holistic assessments and the assessment of risk.
  • The impact of abuse on children and young people and their families, including adult survivors of abuse.
  • The impact of abuse on vulnerable adults and their families and carers.
  • Managing diversity in safeguarding children.
  • Specific issues relating to practice, for example domestic violence, fabricated induced illness, self harm, anorexia, drug use and mental health issues.
  • Communicating with children, young people and vulnerable adults and their families and carers.
  • The importance of multi-agency and multi professional communication and working in relation to safeguarding.
  • Strategies for working with complex families.
  • Discuss and debate legal and ethical issues.

Learning and teaching methods

For the 2022/23 curriculum, our CPD modules will 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, as this has worked really well for our practice-based colleagues. A couple of modules will be delivered solely online, however for most modules 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
  • Action learning set
  • Discussion
  • Reflective learning
  • Tutorials
  • ‘Expert’ speakers.


You will develop a poster analysing an actual or potential safeguarding issue for a child, young person or vulnerable adult. The poster will be supported by reference to the following:

  • Key historical and current drivers that influence practice, policy and legislation in relation to safeguarding.
  • Relevant categories of abuse.
  • Presenting signs and symptoms and the possible long-term effects of abuse.
  • Issues related to equity and diversity including anti-discriminatory practice.
  • The assessment and risk assessment models used.
  • Relevant legislation and ethical considerations.
  • Relevant concepts from current literature and research.
  • A critical evaluation of safeguarding practice related to the issue identified in the flow chart.
  • A critical appraisal of  partnership working with children, families and across agencies.
  • A critique of their own development needs in relation to safeguarding practice.
  • A proposal for  practice and service delivery developments to improve safeguarding practice.

You will upload your poster and a verbal 15 minute supporting critical discussion of key issues. You will also upload a reference list to support your work.


Course leader

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Sarah Roberts

Teaching Fellow, Lead for Student Admissions (Health Sciences)

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


How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form. 

Please note: 

  1. Applications typically close four weeks before the start of the module 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.

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Terms and conditions

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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. 


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