Children & Young People WPE Workshop

Enhance your employability & join students interested in working with children & young people, law, and the media, to explore contemporary ethical challenges posed by sexting, social media & safeguarding in this dynamic and interactive workshop.

25/10/17 Main Campus

What is the Workshop About?

The workshop is an opportunity to explore ethical isues of relevance to anyone working with, or supporting the rights of, children, or vulnerable people of any age. You will learn from leading practitioners about the practice of safeguarding (protecting people from harm and from harming others), the challenges posed by social media, and the possible impacts of sexting on children and young people.

Interactive scenarios, group exercises and discussions will challenge you to reflect on your own, and others’, ethical responsibilities and decision making in the workplace, and provide experience of mufti-agency decision making.

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The workshop explores issues such as:

- Privacy and confidentiality for young people, and related challenges for professionals in an age of online communication
- How adolescent independence is balanced against professionals’ responsibilities to keep young people safe
- The appropriateness of legal intervention in young people’s lives


Who is the Workshop for?

This workshop is for you if you are planning to work with children and young people, or vulnerable adults, after graduation in fields such as teaching, social work, policing and youth advocacy and the volunteering sector.

The controversial and contemporary topics covered, and insights into multi-agency decision making, will also be of interest to students keen to work in law, journalism and the media, and public relations.


What will I get out of it?

The workshop offers an opportunity to challenge yourself, learn about safeguarding, and explore your own ethical decision making, in a constructive learning environment, supported by real-world practitioners.

Taking part will also improve your employability by providing you with insights and experiences you can draw on in job applications and interviews.

You will also gain valuable experience of working, and making decisions, in muti-disciplinary groups.


How do I take part?

The workshop is completely free for final year students at the University of Manchester.

However, spaces are limited so Sign up to take part now

Once you've registered, look out for a confirmation email from to let you that you have a place. The email will also provide  further details and joining instructions.


Student Feedback

We asked students who took part in ‘Sexting Safeguarding and Social Media’ last year what they thought.

100% of said they found the workshop interesting and stimulating and that the workshop explored topics different to those covered in their degree programme.

They also valued the opportunity to work with students from other courses.

92% said they were more aware of their ethical responsibilities in the workplace after taking part in the workshop and that the workshop provided skills/and or experience they would find useful in their future career.


Other information:

The Sexting, Social Media and Safeguarding Workshop is one of a developing suite of 'Workplace Ethics Challenges' being offered to final year undergraduate students as part of the University of Manchester's 'Ethical Grand Challenges' programme.

This workshop has been developed in partnership with leading academics and practitioners in the fields of Law, Teacher Education, Social Work and Volunteering, including:

Zahra Alijah: Lecturer in Education, School of Environment, Education & Development; Councillor for Fallowfield Ward.

Sir Peter Fahy Honorary Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Manchester; former Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police; CEO of charity 'Retrack'.

Lindsay Gilbert: University of Manchester Volunteering & Community Engagement Manager; former Head of National Schools Outreach Programme for Childline; School Governor: Safeguarding for Medlock Primary, Manchester.

Martin Kelly: Professional Studies Course Leader, Admissions Tutor & Safeguarding Officer, Manchester Institute of Education.

Kirsty Keywood: Senior Lecturer, School of Law

Gary Norton: Lecturer in Social Work, Safeguarding & Socio-Legal Studies, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

Sian Yeowell: Senior Learning & Assessment Developer (SDCE); former Head of 6th Form.


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