Child Protection: an Introduction SCQF level 5

What is special about this course?

This unit aims to increase the student’s awareness and understanding of Child protection. It provides the basis for the investigation of relevant legislation, procedures and the role of various agencies involved in Child protection.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but prior achievement of communication at SCQF level 4 or equivalent would be beneficial.

The course will cover categories of abuse and neglect. The student will learn about the physical signs and behavioural indicators for each category; understand alternative explanations that do not require intervention, and the effects of long-term abuse and neglect. The student will investigate how the rights of the child are maintained by current legislation and the role of major agencies involved in enacting child protection intervention.

How will I study my course?

  • Distance learning
  • Open Learning

This unit is delivered by open learning. Tutors support students by telephone, email and mail, whichever is the most suitable. Students receive a pack of learning materials and work through them with the support of the tutor. Students submit assignments to the tutor for marking by email or post with the exception of one closed book assessment, which is completed under supervision at the student’s nearest learning centre.

How long will my course last?

This unit is delivered by open learning and is a notional 40 hours of learning. Students are given 12 weeks to complete the unit.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Start dates for open learning courses are usually 1st September, 1st February and 1st March of each year.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This unit will provide underpinning knowledge for SVQ Social Services Children and Young people SCQF Level 6.

You may also want to undertake the unit Child Development: an Introduction which is at SCQF level 6.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Child Protection: an Introduction SCQF level 5

To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local Argyll College Centre

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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