Module code: NUR2114

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

WHITEHOUSE Ali (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 1

Independent Learning Hours: 102

Lecture Hours: 37

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

 Completion of level 1 modules

Module content


History of nursing children

Children as a vulnerable group across the age spectrum

The nurse as an advocate

Interprofessional communication and working

Child and Family Centred Care

Policy & Politics in Relation to Child Health

Ethical Principles in Child Health

Service User Perspectives

Child & Family Law

Children’s Rights

Children’s understanding of illness

Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Families: Are families the best place for all children?

The challenges of empowering children with disabilities and complex care needs.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Within this assignment you will explore an ethical situation common to children’s nursing which would require the children’s nurse to act as an advocate for the child, to protect the child’s rights and/or empower the child and family.   There is a huge breath of areas you could examine however some possible examples could include: An area within safeguarding children and young people, parental withdrawal or refusal of treatment, child’s refusal of treatment, child’s right to involvement in decision making of care; end of life care planning, parental conflicting views,  appropriate use of restraint, pain management, ensuring the use of evidence based practice, the use of unlicensed medications.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

An essay exploring an ethical challenge within children’s nursing, that will include consideration of children’s rights, empowerment and current legislation.


Formative assessment  Group and individual feedback from tutors following completion of an essay plan


Feedback Feedback is available from the module team throughout the module following each session and students wereare encouraged to feedback any issues to the module team.  Formative feedback following the essay plan would inform the summative assessment 

Module aims

  • This module will enable the student to explore their role in empowering and protecting children and young people in contemporary UK society.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Critically analyse the importance of advocacy, empowerment and supporting children's rights.
2 Discuss the ethical principles common within children's nursing and the implications for their own developing practice.
3 Debate the influence of current legislation on child health practice.
4 Analyse the importance of user perspective in the development of child health policy and services for children and families.
5 Explore the influence of history on contemporary child health practice.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning


Key lectures

Discussion groups


Case studies

Self-directed study

Simulated learning

Directed e-learning activities

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Children's Nursing) BSc (Hons)(NURSES PRE-REG SEPT) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.