Children's Rights and Legal Frameworks (X3231)

30 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

The module aims to provide you with a foundation in key legal and policy frameworks, affecting work with children and young people in a range of contexts.

The module will be structured using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This will give you a strong focus on the global reach of children's rights and legal frameworks. Example will be drawn from national (UK) and international contexts, and will be considered from historical, cultural, political and social perspectives.

Some of the areas you will explore include:

  • the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
  • the European Social Charter
  • the UN Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (as this applies to girls)
  • comparative approaches to child policy and legal frameworks in the EU
  • Child Protection procedures in the UK with reference to specific case studies.
  • legal frameworks and polices around migration and the status of unaccompanied children from other countries in the UK.
  • statutory duties relating to 'vulnerable' groups in the UK eg: Looked After Children.

This module is complemented by the Inter-professional Practice course in Year 2, which explores these issues at practice level.


100%: Seminar


50%: Coursework (Report)
50%: Examination (Distance examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 256 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: