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MSc Comparative Safeguarding Studies

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University of Salford, Salford, M6 6PU, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

The mantra “safeguarding is everybody’s business” has very real operational consequences for a wide range of organisations. This masters level course explores how we respond to safeguarding issues within child and adult services in the UK and across the globe and will allow you to compare and contrast the different ways organisations work with the most vulnerable people in our society.

Safeguarding has become a priority for all statutory, voluntary and commercial organisations and their staff who work with vulnerable children and adults.

The course will be attractive to a diverse range of professionals and staff with an interest in safeguarding including:

  • Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Police
  • Crown Prosecution Services
  • Doctors
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Local Authority workers
  • Staff from the voluntary and commercial sectors

Because of this you will also get the chance to network and build relationships with a wide variety of people throughout the safeguarding course.

You will be able to develop your understanding on issues relevant to your workplace, compare how these are responded to in other key areas of safeguarding and protection and how they are viewed across the UK and globally.

Safeguarding online

Our commitment to flexible delivery means that you will have the opportunity to attend lectures, seminars and tutorials at the University or access these via live and interactive webcasts from the workplace or home. As a student you will also have the chance to view recordings of webcasts at a later date if that fits in with your busy schedule.

The course will allow you to explore a wide range of issues related to safeguarding, including:

  • The historical and international perspectives of safeguarding and vulnerability
  • Differences in national and international policy and practice
  • How the evidence base informs theory and practice
  • Capacity and consent and how these influence perception of protection and empowerment
  • Legal and social policy structures
  • Managing risk
  • Working with people who abuse and those who are abused
  • Supervising and supporting staff and colleagues

Studying Comparative Safeguarding at Salford

We are one of the largest social work education providers in the UK, with experts in both child and adult branches.

If you add to this, a broad range of health educators from professions such nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, the University of Salford offers a wealth of experience to draw on.

The Faculty is home to a vibrant research community which offers a creative and dynamic environment for the conduct of ground-breaking research that has a direct impact upon health and social care policy and practice.

What will I learn on the Comparative Safeguarding course?

The Comparative Safeguarding course can be taken part-time over three years or full-time over one.

Comparative Safeguarding Perspectives (30 credits): Studying this module will help you develop a critical understanding of the different approaches to, and perspectives on, safeguarding/protection across the UK and globally.

Safeguarding Themes (30 credits): This module explores the theory that informs the evidence base, which in turn directs understanding of risk, as well as legal structures and social policy across the UK and globally.

Managing Safeguarding (30 credits): Study the issues involved in managing safeguarding and protection processes in relation to vulnerable adults and children both nationally and globally.

Research Methods (30 credits): Develop a rigorous approach to the process of research and prepare to complete a dissertation/ research project.

Dissertation (60 credits): Dissertation (60 credits): The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth, evidence based exploration of a key area relevant to your own practice and is needed to graduate with a full Masters.


Our Comparative Safeguarding course allows for a variety of assessments, depending on the module you will be undertaking, and can include:

  • Written assignments
  • Case study
  • Project report

International Students

Safeguarding the vulnerable in society is a global issue and will be relevant to a wide range of international health professionals.

The University of Salford has a great reputation for providing a friendly and challenging environment in which to develop. You can study full-time at the University or online on a part-time basis.

For more information about the support we provide, visit our international section.


Students may self-fund or be wholly or partially funded by their employers.

For those from an NHS background, this course can be funded under the SLA.

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