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Sometimes a bunny is just a bunny: The Playboy brand and sexualisation of children

Sometimes a bunny is just a bunny: The Playboy brand and sexualisation of children Copyrighted image Copyright: Michalakis Ppalis | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Dec 2015
Beyond the tabloid-fuelled rage at Playboy products apparently aimed at children is a much more nuanced relationship with the Bunny brand.

Rugby: A sport for sampling or specialisation?

Rugby: A sport for sampling or specialisation? Creative commons image Kelsey E [[CC BY 2.0]] via Flickr Creative Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Oct 2015
What are the benefits or risks of specialising in a sport early on? Jessica Pinchbeck discusses early specialisation in rugby.

Childhood in the Digital Age

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Childhood in the Digital Age Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 29 Jun 2015
When it comes to technology are you an optimist or a pessimist? Are social media changing the way that children form relationships? How is...

Professor Nick Plowman discusses proton beam therapy and x-ray radiotherapy

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Professor Nick Plowman discusses proton beam therapy and x-ray radiotherapy Creative commons image Digital cat under CC-BY 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Apr 2015
In this interview taken from BBC Radio 4's World at One, Great Ormond Street Hospital oncologist Nick Plowman discusses the pros and cons of...

Delivering difficult news

Delivering difficult news Copyrighted image Copyright: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2015
Delivering bad news to children and their parents is never an easy task, medical professionals must learn the best way to do this.

What do you really know about autism?

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What do you really know about autism? Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Apr 2015
You've probably heard a lot about autism - but can you separate the myth from the reality?

Managing children’s pain

Managing children’s pain Copyrighted image Copyright: Sergei Razvodovskij | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Mar 2015
Recognising when a child is in pain and trying to relieve this can be complex. In this article Dr Joan Simons draws on her research on children's...

Who makes the difficult decisions about children’s treatment?

Who makes the difficult decisions about children’s treatment? Copyrighted image Copyright: Elena Schweitzer | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 10 Mar 2015
Who has the right to decide on whether a child needs to undergo a surgical procedure? The child, the parents or a medical professional? The...

Health and Social Care Tasters

Health and Social Care Tasters Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Is health and Social Care for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

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The family at the centre of early learning

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The family at the centre of early learning Copyright free image Copyright free: Courtesy: Karen Horsley.
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 19 Jul 2016
This free course, The family at the centre of early learning, focuses on the positive learning relationships that can exist in any family and how...

Exploring family health

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Exploring family health Copyrighted image Copyright: Iakov Filimonov/Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
How can families support healthy living and cope with illness? This free course, Exploring family health, will provide an understanding of what is...

Work and mental health

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Work and mental health Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties...

Children's participation

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Children's participation Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 08 Mar 2016
Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child introduced the right of children to have a say in issues affecting them. Although...

Introduction to child psychology

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Introduction to child psychology
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development, and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this free course, Introduction to...

Issues in research with children and young people

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Issues in research with children and young people
Advanced level Duration 7 hours Updated 17 Feb 2016
This free course, Issues in research with children and young people, considers the aims and range of research with children and young people....

Partnerships and networks in work with young people

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Partnerships and networks in work with young people
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
The term 'partnership' is used to describe a wide range of organisational arrangements and ways of working: from informal networking between...

Childhood in crisis?

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Childhood in crisis?
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
This free course, Childhood in crisis?, explores an idea much repeated in minority-world media that childhood is in crisis. Looking at this idea...

Young people’s wellbeing

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Young people’s wellbeing Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 12 Feb 2016
What do we mean by 'wellbeing' for young people? How is it shaped by social differences and inequalities, and how can we improve young people's...

Working together for children: Stirling

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Working together for children: Stirling Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Feb 2016
The care of children, especially those with disabilities, is surrounded by complex issues. Learning to navigate these difficulties while helping...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? For professionals and volunteers working within a criminal justice...

Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
Do you have experience of working with young people in informal settings such as youth clubs, youth organisations like the Guides or Scouts, or...

Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice)

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Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
This qualification is for you if you work in the area of youth justice. It will deepen your knowledge and critical understanding of the youth...

Certificate in Working Together for Children

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Certificate in Working Together for Children Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
Working with children requires practitioners to develop knowledge, skills, and values in a wide range of topics such as communication, transitions,...

Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice

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Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
If you work with young children aged from birth to seven years and want to develop your practice and professional skills, this certificate could be...

BA (Hons) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales)

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BA (Hons) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? Within a criminal justice framework where the focus is on stopping...

Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
This practice-based diploma course is the qualification for you if you’re living and working in Scotland and have recent experience of working with...