Short course

Safeguarding in Health

This course is to set the benchmark for health safeguarding provision in Birmingham and Solihull and beyond.  It is directed at health professionals with a substantive safeguarding role.

Start date
2nd September 2024
7 weeks (first five days face-to-face)
Postgraduate Microcredential
20 credits at level 7

Microcredential overview

The programme offers an innovative blend of strategic safeguarding, contemporary safeguarding evidence and trends and active application to practice.

New and developing safeguarding professionals will build on and acquire the skills, knowledge and competency to deliver safe and thoughtful child and adult safeguarding practice. This will include challenging current practice, interrogating health safeguarding systems, team building, networking and managing relationships. Participants will engage with practical instances of safeguarding in health in the real world, carry out investigative work around quality improvement and review how policy applies to local practice.

Microcredential outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of relevant national and international policies relating to safeguarding in health.
  • Critically evaluate theories and models underpinning child and adult safeguarding whilst demonstrating an in-depth understanding of the processes required to ensure application of this knowledge into practice.
  • Interpret and critically analyse adverse events and serious or significant case reviews in practice, using appropriate theoretical frameworks, to identify learning and inform future practice. 
  • Demonstrate and reflect upon effective safeguarding communication skills in complex and challenging situations.

Attendance required

This microcredential will take place over seven weeks: full-time over an intensive five days, with an assessment to be submitted within the following six weeks.

Microcredential leads

Julie Taylor (Professor of Child Protection and Director of Research, School of Nursing and Midwifery)
Jane Powell (Director of Safeguarding at BWC)

Microcredential prerequisites

This microcredential can be taken as a stand-alone assessed or non-assessed course (more information on this TBC).  

How to apply

To apply please email us via

  • Degree level entry required.
  • Applications must be received a minimum of one month before the start date of the module.
  • For further information, please email