Why this course?
Consensus is growing that residential child care practice is complex, challenging and requires requisite knowledge, skills and capacities of the workforce.
If children and young people are to have positive care experiences which improve their life chances, then those who care for them, and those who support those who care for them, must be supported in developing and maintaining that knowledge.
The MSc in Advanced Residential Child Care has been developed within the School of Social Work and Social Policy alongside the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) to support the development of direct practice and leadership in the residential child care sector in Scotland and beyond.
The course is unique in the UK in offering a Masters-level award specifically in residential child care.
By taking this course, you can expect to experience development in your knowledge, skills and relational capacities in practice. You can also expect to contribute to professional leadership, practice development and research and evaluation in your own agency and possibly beyond.
The changing profile of children in residential care and the complexity of their needs demands an increasingly skilled, competent, confident and qualified workforce. There can be few more important and challenging tasks than caring for some of the most vulnerable and troubled children and young people in our society. We must recognise the importance of this work in the aspirations we have for this workforce.
(Higher Aspirations, Brighter Futures: National Residential Child Care Initiative Overview Report, SIRCC, 2009)
The course is made up of different modules and you'll attend the University for six days per module.
You’re expected to complete the six taught modules over a 17-month period. A further six months is allowed for completion of a practice-based dissertation.
Core modules include Critical Perspectives on Residential Child Care; Understanding & Assessing in Children’s Life-spaces; Ethical Leadership and Management in Residential Child Care; Skilled and Reflective Use of Self in Residential Child Care.
Both the MSc and the Postgraduate Diploma meet the management part of the requirement for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for managers in residential child care.
The core teaching team is comprised of: