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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Student Testimonial 2

I am a part time student on the MSc in Childhood Studies and also work part time as a Children and Young People's Rights Worker. I was accepted for the course as a "non standard entrant" - as I do not have an undergraduate degree. I have however spent all of my working life in and around child welfare and it was because of this experience that I was able to be considered for acceptance.æ I also had to submit a 2000 - 3000 word essay on a related subject for assessment.

When I left school I joined the Police Service and was there for three years. Subsequent jobs have included youth work, working in a project for children and young people with behavioural difficulties, working in a Family Resource Centre and I was also appointed as a Safeguarder.

The MSc in Childhood Studies is providing me with a theoretical framework to add to my experience and has proved to be invaluable already despite only being one third through the course. The course is both practical and theoretical which offers students who are already working with children and young people immediate benefits in their practice and discussions with other professionals.

The courses I have completed, for example, have given me an opportunity to study the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and associated legislation, Research Methods and Listening to Children in Research - all of which are relevant to my current job. The year began with an interdisciplinary course which enabled me to understand the new sociology of childhood and its impact on good practice for all who are involved in child care.

It is possible to work part time, study part time and stay sane! The MSc will provide me with a relevant qualification in the emerging field of children's rights.

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