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What do you know about dyslexia?

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What do you know about dyslexia?
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2014
Take our quiz on dyslexia to test your knowledge of a condition many people don't understand 

How are life-chances of children at risk in the UK?

How are life-chances of children at risk in the UK? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 15 Sep 2014
Five out of 1,000 children in the UK will not live until their fifth birthday, reports Dick Skellington.

Take the survey: Working Mothers

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Updated 28 Jan 2014
Is work working for our kids? Will shared parental leave give working mothers a more fulfilling career? Share your views and join the discussion.

Take the survey: Sibling Rivalry

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Updated 21 Jan 2014
Does sibling rivalry have a positive or negative effect on children's development? How should parents deal with it? Share your views and join the...

Posh gatekeepers of the net

Posh gatekeepers of the net Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Updated 08 Jan 2014
Associate lecturer Steve Woods explores the Posh and Becks world of Mumsnet.

World Class Films - Ghana: Bringing all students together

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World Class Films - Ghana: Bringing all students together Copyrighted image Credit: BBC / OU
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jul 2012
The Multikids Academy in Ghana is bringing kids with special or additional needs into mainstream education - not always easy with no national...

The dark heart of America

The dark heart of America Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Updated 31 May 2012
Child abuse and deaths from maltreatment are rising in America at a time when child services are being cut, says Dick Skellington

Building trust and understanding: Reflections on a case

Building trust and understanding: Reflections on a case Copyrighted image Credit: Sacha Mirzoeff
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Jan 2012
How do you go about supporting a couple and children through a difficult time - with a camera crew in tow? Social Worker Annie Sempill shares the...

Social work and public perception

Social work and public perception Copyrighted image Credit: Sacha Mirzoeff
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Jan 2012
The media reaction when a social worker makes a mistake can be hugely demoralising for the whole profession - and a one-sided view and scary myths...

Protecting our children through tough decisions

Protecting our children through tough decisions Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jan 2012
Working on a series looking at the lives of social workers reminded Lucy Rai of the challenges of doing the "right" thing.

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Introduction to child psychology

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Introduction to child psychology
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 16 Oct 2014
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this unit you will be introduced 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 01 Sep 2014
This unit considers the aims and range of research with children and young people. Students consider how their own views and understandings about...

Childhood in crisis?

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Childhood in crisis?
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 29 Jul 2013
This unit explores an idea much repeated in minority-world media – that childhood is in crisis. Looking at this idea is a starting point for the...

Children's participation

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Children's participation Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 30 Aug 2012
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...

Parenting

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Parenting Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 30 Aug 2012
“I blame the parents!” How often is that phrase used to explain the ills of society and is it valid? This material will consider how important is...

Working together for children: Stirling

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Working together for children: Stirling Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Aug 2012
The care of children, especially those with disabilities, is surrounded by complex issues. Learning to navigate these difficulties while helping...

Young people’s wellbeing

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Young people’s wellbeing Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 29 Aug 2012
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...

Children living in different settings

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Children living in different settings Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 29 Aug 2012
Most children live with a parent or parents, with siblings and relatives and with family pets in the family home, but many children do not live...

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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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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...

Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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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Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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...

Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? For professionals and volunteers working within a criminal justice...

Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice

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Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and opportunities in later life – and the adults who work with them are...