University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Professional Practice with Children and their Families

This course is for professionals from statutory, voluntary and independent sector agencies. It is suitable for social workers, health visitors, doctors, nurses, CP liaison teachers and members of fostering and adoption teams. The course can help to: keep a clear focus on the needs of the child; make clear and defensible judgements; explore issues that relate to the job; work with professionals from other disciplines. There are compulsory seminars plus optional lectures, fieldwork and projects.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree (or above) plus a social work or equivalent professional qualification. Candidates should be currently employed in a relevant work setting that will support studies: many of the assessment requirements are for direct work with children and their families or carers. Candidates without a degree or equivalent but with suitable work experience may also be considered. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Students choose their own modules from: consolidation; working collaboratively to safeguard children; evidence-informed practice; direct work with children and their families; public law; private law; specialist practice; working with networks; supervision and safeguarding. Frontline management has optional modules: leadership and change management; managing people; managing resources and quality; enabling others. CPD: take any module as stand-alone course.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework, assignments, a dissertation, portfolio and group presentations. Direct observation of practice is also used to assess some assignments.

Sponsorship information

Funding may be available from some employers. You should ask your employer for further details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

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