Keele University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Child Care Law and Practice (Taught)

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Course summary

Keele’s popular and long-running MA Child Care Law and Practice is one of the few courses within the UK to adopt a truly interdisciplinary approach to children’s safeguarding, drawing on our academic expertise in law, social care, medicine and health. Predominantly focused on the UK legal jurisdiction, you will examine the legal and policy frameworks that affect children, their rights and the role of families. Ideal for recent graduates or working professionals, you can develop specialist knowledge and gain a recognised qualification studying flexibly over one, two or five years in short, intensive teaching blocks. Why choose this course?

  • Taught by staff with broad expertise in children's rights, child exploitation, international child law, healthcare and youth justice
  • Block teaching delivery allows you to study and work full-time and this course benefits from essay-based assessment
  • Discuss, share experiences and learn about different regional practices with a diverse student cohort
  • Opportunities to hear direct from guest lecturers with specialist practice and research expertise, including members of the judiciary
  • Keele is an internationally recognised centre for legal research with world-leading impact
With increases in the number of children suffering abuse, neglect and poverty and growing numbers of young people taken into care here in the UK, safeguarding of children remains a key priority both at home and globally. This course offers the opportunity to delve into the complexities of law and social policy relating to children and young people, examining the relationships and interactions between legal institutions, the various professionals and agencies involved with childcare, and society in general. Practical in focus and constantly updated to reflect new safeguarding issues that arise, the course concentrates primarily on UK child law – including the Child Care Act 2016, the Children Act 2004 and related legislation – while being mindful of the global challenges that child protection and welfare presents. This means you explore everything from trafficking and modern slavery of children, to adoption, child arrangements orders and removal of children into care. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


For information regarding modules for this course, please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • The Bar Council
  • The Law Society

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a degree with first or second-class honours or equivalent and/or relevant professional qualifications. However, candidates who do not meet the standard criteria will be considered. Applications are welcomed from appropriately qualified and experienced professionals from areas including, but not limited to, social welfare, law, criminal justice and healthcare.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Information relating to the tuition fees and funding options for this course can be viewed on the Keele University website.
Child Care Law and Practice at Keele University - UCAS