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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Focuses on the theoretical dimensions of child and youth participation and equips students with a range of methods and practical skills for listening to, consulting and communicating with children and young people in professional contexts. Ethical considerations will be highlighted, as well as sensitivity to the significance of children's age, gender, culture, disability and linguistic backgrounds.

Unit content

Child and youth engagement - theories and approaches

Methods and skills for listening to, consulting and communicating with children and young people in professional and research contexts

Child-centred models of participatory engagement e.g. in the education, health, welfare and family justice fields

Ethical considerations when engaging with children and young people and/or undertaking research and consultation - including consent, confidentiality, doing no harm, and feedback; children as members of the research team/peer researchers

Taking account of children and young people's age, gender, culture, disability and linguistic backgrounds to enhance their effective participation in discussions, activities and decisions influencing their lives.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss the conceptual understandings and theoretical principles underpinning adults' engagement with children and young people in a range of contexts
2 demonstrate a range of methods and practical skills for listening to, consulting and communicating with children and young people, including in relation to sensitive issues
3 evaluate the advantages and limitations of different methods by which to elicit and invite the views of children and young people
4 critically discuss ethical considerations which arise when engaging with children and young people and demonstrate how to apply these in practice
5 sensitively reflect upon the differences between children and young people that potentially affect adult's engagement with them (including their age, gender, culture, disability and linguistic backgrounds)
6 demonstrate an awareness of why engaging with children and young people in research and professional contexts can be significantly different from, as well as similar to, that with adults.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the conceptual understandings and theoretical principles underpinning adults' engagement with children and young people in a range of contexts
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
  2. demonstrate a range of methods and practical skills for listening to, consulting and communicating with children and young people, including in relation to sensitive issues
    • GA2:
    • GA6:
  3. evaluate the advantages and limitations of different methods by which to elicit and invite the views of children and young people
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
  4. critically discuss ethical considerations which arise when engaging with children and young people and demonstrate how to apply these in practice
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
  5. sensitively reflect upon the differences between children and young people that potentially affect adult's engagement with them (including their age, gender, culture, disability and linguistic backgrounds)
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
  6. demonstrate an awareness of why engaging with children and young people in research and professional contexts can be significantly different from, as well as similar to, that with adults.
    • GA2:
    • GA3:
    • GA6: