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Children's Voice


In this module, children’s voice, in line with the UNCRC, refers to children having the right to express their opinions, and have a role in decisions that affect them, and with adults taking account of these.   Where children and families are listened to, participation can lead to change which shapes wellbeing, relationships, environments and lives.  In particular, the students will be able to focus on how participation relates to issues of inclusion and how taking account of the voices and views of vulnerable and minority groups is critical and can facilitate and promote inclusive practice.  Investigate and evaluate some of the different methods employed to ensure participation of young children, highlighting the central role of play.

At the end of this module the student will be able to:

  • Explain and evaluate the adult’s role with regard to enabling the effective participation of young children, families and communities 
  • Critically analyse the significance of the UNCRC and its expression within the current Scottish legislative and policy frameworks
  • Critically review current theory relating to inclusion, participation and legislation and consider the ethical issues and dilemmas relating to working with children and young people
  • Apply and evidence keys skills necessary for the implementation of pedagogical approaches and frameworks in ways which take account of their own and other professionals' responsibilities and the perspectives of stakeholders
  • Analyse the roles of leadership and management in promoting children’s rights and inclusion


This is an SCQF Level 9 module and upon successful completion, participants will be awarded 20 credits.



The module will be offered on campus and online on Fridays, details to be confirmed.


Course presenter

This module will be delivered by Dean Armstrong.



This course may be available on a fully funded basis to some delegates.  Further details, including regarding eligibility, are available under Funding Support.

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NOTE: This is a university module and upon approval of your application, you will be invited to register and then supported to complete enrolment. To enrol on the university system, the first step involves security set-up using the Microsoft Authenticator app; you will need to ensure that you have a compatible smartphone.

Further information is available at the Student Information Portal.

To access this module via the CPD route, individuals should be ordinarily resident in Scotland.  If you do not meet this criteria, please enquire here.




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