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Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children and their families?

Working with Children, Young People and Families addresses the increasing demands faced by contemporary families, such as the effects of social media, poverty and changing family structures.

Course Benefits

Get hands-on practical experience of how children, youth and family services work when you complete two professional work placements as part of your degree.

Learn from the experts. Our lecturers are active researchers and experienced practitioners, with extensive experience in the field of child and family work.

Develop the skills and knowledge to enter a wide range of professional roles in child, youth and family work.

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Course Information

You’ll study aspects of child development, looking at how society understands the concept of family and the rights of children. You’ll also look at the complex issue of safeguarding children, considering as a practitioner the current law and policy initiatives to understand how we can protect children.

We’ll explore the range of problems that families can face while children are growing up, examining not only the approaches needed to support and empower families, but also the range of skills and therapeutic interventions needed for families.

You’ll get the opportunity to explore your career options early in your degree when you complete two professional work placements in your first and second year. Working in a variety of child and family settings, you’ll make the link between theory and practice and understand the importance of professionalism in the workplace. We’ll also work with you to develop your research skills, showing you how to use research for professional settings and policy making.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have been able to develop an understanding of the key professional skills needed for assessing and intervening in children’s lives and multi-agency working.

Year 1

Introduction to Child Psychology, understand how children develop and form relationships with others, and how experiences during the formative years can impact upon a person later in life.

Childhood Society and Social Policy - the changing status of children over time and key developments in law, policy and practice relating to children, young people and families and tensions which may exist.

Protecting children - explores the complex issue of safeguarding children. It will consider current law and policy initiatives and high profile child abuse cases.

Working with families - you will develop your understanding of effective practice with children and families and examine styles of communication and engagement with others as part of this.

Families, Inequalities and Social Justice - assesses broad issues around inequalities, including poverty, gender, ethnic, and social class differences and their impacts.

Professional Development Placement - you will develop employability skills and complete a professional six-week placement of your choice (home or abroad).

Year 2

Understanding Family Dynamics - looking at the complex nature of families and how they are supported by a range of professionals.

Children Rights - exploring the rights of children, their welfare and autonomy within a UK and international perspective.

Assessments and Interventions - understand the key professional skills needed for assessing and intervening in children’s lives and multi-agency working.

Research Methods - understand how to research and its use for professional settings and policy making.

Violence in the Family (optional) - this looks at the impact of violence in the family and others in the household affected.

Children with Additional Needs (optional) - develop awareness of the vulnerabilities that children with ‘additional needs’ may face and services which can offer support.

Year 3

Therapeutic Interventions with Families - you will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of therapeutic interventions including direct work with children and families.

Child and Youth Justice - key debates around supporting, regulating and controlling young people.

Reflection and Supervision - you will develop essential knowledge, skills and understanding of the supervisory process to promote good practice in work with children and families.

Difficulties Families Face - you will be given the opportunity to explore the range of problems that families can face while children are growing up and the approaches needed to support and empower families.

Research Project - you will have the opportunity to complete an independent investigation within an area of personal interest.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • CYP4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • CYP4052 - Professional Development and Placement 1
  • CYP4062 - Introduction to Child Psychology
  • CYP4072 - Childhood Society and Social Policy
  • CYP4082 - Protecting Children
  • CYP4092 - Working with Families
  • CYP4222 - Families, Inequality and Social Justice

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • CYP5042 - Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice
  • CYP5052 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • CYP5062 - Understanding Family Dynamics
  • CYP5082 - Assessments and Interventions
  • CYP5102 - Violence in the Family
  • CYP5232 - Children with Additional Needs: Diversity and Inclusion
  • CYP5242 - Children's Rights, Young People and the Law

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • CYP6034 - Research Project
  • CYP6062 - Therapeutic Interventions with Families
  • CYP6072 - Child and Youth Justice
  • CYP6082 - Reflection and Supervision
  • CYP6092 - Difficulties Families Face

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 15.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 201 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 924 hours of independent teaching; 150 hours on placement

Year 2 – 13.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 173 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 932 hours of independent teaching; 150 hours on placement

Year 3 – 9.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 118 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,082 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.   
Modules on this course are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group tutorials/seminars.

On this course students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules, which feature six-week professional work placements in the summer term of Level 4 and the spring term of Level 5 sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning.

At Level 6, high-achieving students are offered the choice of a 40-credit Dissertation/Project module to provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking skill development.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year. You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 96.7% coursework; 3.3% practical exams

Year 2 – 89.2% coursework; 10.8% practical exams

Year 3 - 85% coursework; 15% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.
In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If individuals fall slightly short of the expected UCAS points needed for course entry, but have relevant experience and expertise in the sector, we would still welcome and consider such applications.

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@l​​.

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

Susan Elmer

​​​​I'm Susan Elmer and I'm the Head of Undergraduate Programmes at the Institute of Childhood and Education. 

I'm an experienced tutor of undergraduate and postgraduate students in children, young people and families’ social work and social care practice, and a Director of the British Association of Play Therapists.

My research interests include play therapy, social care, early intervention in domestic abuse, and using creative strategies in Higher Education pedagogy.

Academic staff profiles

​Looking for a career working with children, young people and their families? Our BA (Hons) Child and Family Welfare Studies course is an excellent choice to get you started. 

You'll study all aspects of theory and practice, and the two professional work placements will help you to develop the critical thinking skills you'll need to ensure you're ready to practice effectively when you graduate.

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Having been part of the Leeds Trinity Programme myself, I can very much appreciate seeing new eager students coming through the system. It is a pleasure to see placements students working hard and I admire the work and effort put in by the Leeds Trinity team

Jill Davidson

Class Teacher, St Andrew's Junior School

Professional Work Placements

We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

You’ll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first year and a six-week professional work placement in your second year. Our students have worked as family support workers, pastoral support workers and in secondary schools while on placements. They’ve also worked in children’s centres, youth services, police domestic violence units, and youth offending teams.

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You’ll be prepared for a career in family support or children’s centre work, or you could progress on to postgraduate study that could lead to a career in social work.

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA EducationMA Family Support and PGCE courses, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity. Some students also continue study at Leeds Trinity on the MSc Psychology (conversion) course after studying the degree.


Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from our other related programmes.

This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for Child and Family Welfare Studies alone to be represented in the Unistats data.

This lack of published data within Unistats for this course at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.


91% of our Working with Children, Young People and Families students agree that the library resources and services are good enough for their needs (NSS 2016).


91% of our Working with Children, Young People and Families students agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance (NSS 2016).

​Top 15%

Top 15% of all UK universities for teaching quality (according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)

​Outstanding Support​

The Times Higher Education shortlisted us in the Outstanding Support for Students category in their 2015 Awards

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