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Social care

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Social care

Awarded by Kingston University

Kingston and St George’s is proud to offer you the chance to discover your career path in social care, with the Working with children and young people (WWCYP) course. This degree is a flexible and newly developed course that spans social work, education and healthcare disciplines, and offers a well-rounded perspective of working with children and young people based on pedagogy. This course is ideal for students who want to work in interprofessional work settings, or are undecided about which career path to follow.

Courses

Why choose us?

  • WWCYP is part of a suite of courses offered as part of Child Centred Interprofessional Practice and is delivered by the Department of Social Work and Social Care
  • Unique area of study for individuals who wish to work with children, young people and their families but are unsure which career to choose. Graduates are well positioned for careers in social work, early years, nursing, youth justice or teaching.
  • Students learn different approaches to working creatively and positively with children, young people, families and carers within a social pedagogy ethos.
  • Teaching is delivered by multidisciplinary team modelling sound interprofessional practice that informs the safe and effective working with children and young people
  • Students will receive an excellent grounding in the relevant legal and statutory requirements that underpin the provision of services for children and young people, and gain awareness of ethics and diversity as it impacts them and their future practice with children and young people.
  • Students undertake two practice learning experiences in a variety of settings.
  • There is the opportunity to study abroad as part of the Erasmus scheme in one of our partner institutions during the second year.

Partnerships
We have developed a number of relationships with practice partners.
We work with a range of statutory and voluntary agencies including local authorities.
  • Achieving for Children (Kingston and Richmond)
  • Early intervention teams
  • Merton Social Services
  • Surrey Family Support Service
  • South Thames College
  • Coombe Hill Primary School
  • Bedelsford School
  • Dysart School
  • The Prince’s Trust
  • Welcare, a charity working with families in London and Surrey
Voluntary agencies
Students are encouraged to develop links within their local communities and engage in volunteer work with children and young people, to build their CV and enhance their employability prospects.
Employment prospects
  • Graduates gain a degree which is relevant to a variety of roles within the children’s workforce
  • WWCYP graduates are also extremely well placed to enter professional training at postgraduate level in a variety of areas:
    • social work
    • early years
    • nursing
    • teaching
    • law
Student benefits and support
  • Students meet a range of different professionals and partners during the course of their degree and two practice placements which allows them to network and gives the access to potential employment opportunities within the children’s workforce.
  • Students have access to the School of Social Work and Social Care’s monthly seminars and other developmental opportunities across the faculty. This enables students to have access to up-to-date research in issues relating to children and young people.
  • WWCYP students are active partners in course delivery. They mentor other students through the SAMS (Student Academic Mentors) Scheme and regularly attend formal meetings to ensure that student feedback is taken into account.
  • We have a dedicated Student Support Officer to ensure student wellbeing; they are the first point of contact for students who have personal problems, need advice or are seeking information about University services.
Practice placements
Our students have opportunities to work in a wide variety of settings including:
  • Youth Justice
  • Youthwork
  • Family Placement Support
  • Children’s Centres
  • Early Years settings
  • Working with young people with complex needs
  • Local schools
  • Local charities

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