Working with Children, Young People and Families

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BA (Hons)

Key facts

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, blended learning
3 Years
Start date:

Learn from experienced professionals

Developed to equip students work in the early help and prevention environment

Real-world experience

You'll get the opportunity to take a work placement in year two

Industry-standard facilities

Cutting edge simulation-based teaching supports skills development

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children, young people and their families and carers? Do you want to challenge some of the most complex problems in society, whilst helping individuals to thrive? If so, this course will help you to become a future practitioner who can help bring about positive and sustainable change.

This programme will equip you with the ability to understand what effective practice with families looks like, including the difficulties and challenges of working with children and families, and how to help them fulfil their potential.

You’ll study aspects of child development, looking at how society understands the concept of family and the rights of children. You’ll also look at the complex issue of safeguarding children, models of support such as THRIVE, and consider current legislation and policy initiatives to understand how practitioners can help to protect children.

Utilising cutting edge simulation-based teaching alongside hands-on work experience, you’ll gain first-hand experience dealing with a range of problems that families can face while children are growing up, developing the skills needed to support and empower families, and to deliver therapeutic interventions.

You’ll be equipped with the key professional skills needed for recognising and assessing complex needs, and intervening in children’s lives, especially when in crisis, as well as an understanding of the complexities of multi-agency working. The degree will also prepare you to work across diverse settings, such as family homes, youth centres, youth justice, children's centres, statutory provisions and in the community more widely.

We’ll help you to become a skilled practitioner that supports the confidence and skills of children, young people and families, helping them to overcome barriers and maximise their independence.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families

Blended learning

We take a blended learning approach. A mixture of on-campus and off-campus learning lets you better fit learning around your life.

Course content

This degree will give you the knowledge you need to recognise, navigate and assess the complex needs that children, young people and families often present, especially when in crisis, and will learn how to make referrals to statutory services and plan support interventions.

Using realistic simulated environments, you’ll develop an approach that is respectful, professional and supportive to enable children, young people and their families achieve their potential, whilst staying safe.

You’ll learn the importance of working alongside other professionals, organisations and agencies with the shared responsibility for improving outcomes in specific age groups, across the full age range and specifically with families in community settings. In doing this, you’ll learn how to use evidence-based approaches to inform your judgement, both in simulation and practice.

The BA (Hons) in Children, Young People and Families degree focuses on a number of settings where children and young people may be living on their own or in larger groups, including children’s’ homes, schools, residential special schools and secure children’s homes. In this context, you’ll learn to develop placement plans that will support a child’s health, education, social and day-to-day needs, and the significant role these plans have in helping them to thrive and fulfil their potential.

Alongside these settings, the course also focuses on work within the community. You’ll therefore learn the importance of, and be skilled in, early intervention and safeguarding work, and how to manage risk across the spectrum needs for children, young people and families' in simulated environments.

As well as these practice skills, you’ll also learn about the leadership and management of services, such as residential settings, and will learn about the principles of long-term care and support for children and young people, and the legislation and compliance requirements for running a residential care home. There’s also the opportunity to explore managerial requirements of community-based children, young people and family work including the national systems of social welfare, an exploration of local agencies and community groups and how to conduct a community audit.


Year 1

  • Communication Skills and Improving Family Communication
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Children, Young People and Families - Policy and Practice
  • Supporting Health and Wellbeing
  • Personal and Professional Development

Year 2

  • Work Experience with Children, Young People or Families
  • Inclusive Practice with Children, Young People or Families
  • Families: Abuses, Crime, Inequalities or Youth Crime and Justice
  • Community Development Work
  • Supporting Parents: Conflict Management and Managing Challenging Behaviour
  • Preparing for Research with Children, Young People and Families
  • Youth Crime and Justice

Year 3

  • Vulnerability and Trauma Informed Practice
  • Working with Drug Users
  • Leadership and Management
  • Youth Crime; Gang Associated and Violent Youths
  • Managing Activities with Children Young People and Families

** Module structure may be subject to minor changes

Entry requirements

112 UCAS points

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.


Community House (Stoke)

A fully furnished house used for simulated, scenario-based training. It includes audio and video facilities to record simulated exercises and allow detailed tutor and peer feedback.


We have Libraries and Service desks at both sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. All have experienced and friendly staff who can answer your IT queries, help you to access resources, show you how to research for your assignments and even help with referencing.

Some libraries are open 24/7 at key times in the academic year and we have a 24 hour help line too.


Upon completion of the course, you’ll be able to go into a broad range of roles including:

  • Children’s residential care
  • Family support work
  • Early intervention and crisis reduction roles
  • Substance misuse roles
  • Youth justice roles
  • Advocacy roles
Teaching and assessment


Teaching will use a range of classroom, blended, simulation and workplace-based learning strategies.


Alongside traditional methods such as essays, reports and presentations, students will complete a range of simulated situations alongside completing work experience and reflecting on practice.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting:

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.


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Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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