Why study this course?
This master’s degree enables you to explore safeguarding issues, identify vulnerabilities, and assess policy and intervention methods in relation to child and adult protection. You can also choose to explore related topics that interest you, such as cybercrime, sexual violence and exploitation, mental disorders or resilience.
If you’re looking to advance or start your career in adult or child protection, this is the safeguarding course for you. You’ll be able to work across a number of sectors including health and social care, risk management, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), local authorities, the civil service, policy research and private sector management.
More about this course
This Safeguarding and Security MA allows you to learn about a wide range of contemporary safeguarding issues. You can explore everything from child abuse to modern slavery and criminal exploitation, cases of abuse within sports, and safeguarding in care homes.
In addition to looking at policy and frameworks, you’ll have the opportunity to analyse controversial debates around gender violence, vulnerabilities of refugees, plus culturally sensative safeguarding issues such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.
Our team of experienced lecturers will guide you through the factors that affect different vulnerable groups of people, such as children, young people, the elderly, people with physical or mental disabilities and migrants or refugees. By learning how to identify the people and populations who are most at risk, you can then begin to identify suitable resilience strategies.
Safeguarding is often affected by external contributing factors, such as social inequalities including class, race and gender, as well as other factors like healthcare problems. It’s important that you’re able to view safeguarding from a wider perspective and take these
factors into account, so we teach you how to employ a range of research methodologies for the evaluation of violence and institutional abuse.
You’ll be assessed through coursework and a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words. The dissertation forms a key element of your master’s degree. It allows you to gain in-depth knowledge of your chosen topic and is to be completed over the summer study period.
Where this course can take you
Safeguarding is now a central concern across a range of institutions, including the public sector, private companies, NGOs (eg Amnesty International), charities and sports. Safeguarding roles are growing and this master’s degree can help you break into this area of expertise.
On successful completion of this course, you could work in a safeguarding role at schools, higher education, sports clubs, local authorities, charities, NGOs and social care.