Category Archives: Training/Education

Online Graduate Courses in Children and Youth Studies

Accepting applications now for 2015

The Graduate Certificate and Masters of Childhood and Youth Studies are designed to meet the needs of people working, or intending to work, with children, young people and their families. These courses are targeted toward professionals working in fields as diverse as social work, welfare, family services, health, education, family dispute resolution, sport and recreation, law, juvenile justice, international community development, research and policy development.

The Masters course includes studies in:

  • Child protection and participation
  • Young people’s social and emotional wellbeing
  • Children’s rights
  • Young people and the law
  • Supporting children through difficult times
  • Drugs, alcohol and sexual health
  • Embracing diversity
  • Program evaluation
  • Research with and for children
  • Workplace leadership
  • Professional portfolio development

The courses are offered externally/online from Southern Cross University, Australia. This allows you to apply your learning immediately in your workplace. There is a strong focus on authentic and professionally-relevant assessment – no written examinations. You can enroll in a full award, or undertake single units as accredited professional development and continue on to the awards at a later date. Students who have completed a Bachelor degree in a similar discipline may receive advanced standing towards the Masters award. If you are interested in this course, please don’t hesitate to contact us via reply email and we can forward you a detailed Prospective Student Guide.

We are also always very happy to talk to you about the course and whether it would meet your professional needs, or those of others in your organisation. Dr Chris Morgan, Course Coordinator, Postgraduate Coursework Programs, School of Education, Southern Cross University, Australia. Phone:+61 2 6620 3018 – Email:

Still time to apply for these Fall 2014 Master’s programs

University of Sussex – MA in Childhood and Youth Studies

It’s not too late to apply to for a September start for the Masters in Childhood and Youth Studies at the University of Sussex. MACYS is a one year taught Masters closely linked to the dynamic Centre for Innovation in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY) which runs many exciting projects in areas such as digital childhoods, children’s political participation, and the everyday lives of young people in care. The MA course is taught by leading researchers and practitioners and we support MACYS students to become researchers in their own right as well as practitioners with specialist knowledge and skills. If you would like to find out if MACYS is right for you contact Professor Rachel Thomson (, and explore our websites:

University of Gloucester – MA Professional Studies in Children’s Play

Our popular taught Masters programme for people working within the realm of children’s play is open for applications until the 15th August for a September 14 start. Offered part time via distance/blended learning, our programme is accessible to all no matter where in the world you live. For more info:



Open Evening: MA Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights

We are still accepting applications to the MA Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights (2014/2015) at the Institute of Education, University of London!
Come and find out more at an Open Evening on Thursday 10 July, 17:00-19:30. Book your place here:
This masters degree will:

  •  introduce you to a range of current theories about childhood and the practical issues of promoting children’s rights
  • critically explore social constructions of childhood, and the implications these have for professional practice with children
  • enable you to take account of children’s interests, views and rights, and understand the complex relations between the protection, provision and participation rights defined by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

This masters degree provides the opportunity to: 

  • develop your critical analytical skills, to improve your professional practice
  • gain an understanding of sociological, socio-legal and political theories and concepts of childhood and children’s rights, including a recognition of the varied childhoods experienced by children in the richer minority and poorer majority worlds
  • increase your awareness of the importance of including children’s own views when planning and providing for them.
      • understand the rights and responsibilities of people concerned with the care, education, health, welfare, advocacy or control of children and young people

Who is this programme for?

All those working with and for children and interested in the field of children’s rights, especially those working in children’s services such as health and education, social care and family policy, youth work, the justice system and advocacy work for children and young people.