Child protection postgraduate course developed by NSPCC Scotland and the University of Stirling Accredited programme will focus on advanced practice skills for experienced practitioners

NSPCC Scotland has worked with the University of Stirling to devise a new and unique post-qualifying course for experienced child protection practitioners that focuses on practicing skills.

‘Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice Skills: Child welfare and protection’ is delivered by representatives of the University of Stirling, the NSPCC and a range of experts from across Scotland. It’s a fully accredited programme has been introduced to enable students to develop advanced skills in child welfare and protection practice with children and families.

Starting in January 2015, the course will sit within the overall MSc in Applied Studies (Child Welfare and Protection).

Practitioners in postgraduate course.

Unlike most other postgraduate courses in the field, this course has an emphasis on gaining practical skills and experience. In particular it’s designed to bridge an existing gap in practice skills development, and students will gain knowledge, skills and experience for working within the most challenging settings.

The syllabus will provide access to the latest insights, from experts in fieldwork and clinical practice across a range of settings, which inform contemporary practice in Scotland. It will include a variety of innovative learning and assessment methods including videotaped role-play, extended case study work, and peer review.

Introducing a more intensive model of skills validation for experienced practitioners, the course will encourage criticality and a culture of evidence-informed practice and interventions, and approaches to self-evaluation.

Course content

The curriculum includes:

  • knowledge and skills for understanding infant/parent attachment
  • evidence-informed interventions
  • working with complex families and systems.

The course comprising three 20 credit modules set at Masters level (Level 11) for the duration of one academic year.

Modules one and two will involve four days direct teaching with one additional structured study day, and module three will involve four direct teaching days with one recall day.

The structure of the delivery will be two consecutive days per month during semester periods.

Who’s this course for?

This course is suitable for experienced child protection practitioners from across a range of professional backgrounds who have already completed their Graduate Certificate in Child Welfare and Protection or equivalent.

Contact the University of Stirling to register

University of Stirling.To register or for more information, call 01786 467711 or email