Redcliffe’s new Vulnerable Children MA module

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This Summer sees the launch of a new MA module at Redcliffe that aims enable Christians working with or on behalf of vulnerable children to advance their understanding and practice. The module ‘Vulnerable Children: Bible, Theology and Society’ is part of Redcliffe’s MA in Contemporary Missiology and can be taken either as part of a PGCert, PGDip, or MA, or as a piece of non-validated Continuing Professional Development.

The module will be delivered for the first time on 16-20 July 2018, which is the second week of this year’s UK Summer School in Gloucester.

The module is delivered in partnership with Home for Good and builds on Redcliffe’s ‘Fostering, Adoption and the Church’ research project, including our research around unaccompanied asylum seeking children. Here’s the website text to explain more. For more information drop us a line in the comments, or contact Tim Davy at the college:

Vulnerable children or ‘children at risk’ live across the world and face numerous factors that can prevent them from thriving as whole people created in God’s image. This module aims to ‘upskill’ Christians involved in working with and on behalf of vulnerable children by developing them as informed reflective practitioners able to draw on a rich resource of applied bible, theological, and missiological thinking.

It is especially designed for:

  • Christians involved in fostering and adoption (or supporting or advocating in that sphere) ;
  • Christians involved in work with or on behalf of children vulnerable to, or caught up in exploitation, trafficking, refugee contexts;
  • Christians working for organisations, NGOs, local authorities, or other networks who want to develop as Christians in those spheres;

This module is delivered as part of our MA Summer School, and is available as part of an MA, PGDip or PGCert in Contemporary Missiology;  or you can take this module for non-validated active participation.

This module aims to enable Christian practitioners working with and on behalf of vulnerable children (sometimes referred to as ‘children-at-risk’) to advance their understanding and practice in that ministry context. Deep and systematic biblical, theological, and missiological perspectives are examined, and related to an analysis of several important and complex issues such as:

  • fostering, adoption and family-based care;trafficking and exploitation;
  • the migration of vulnerable and unaccompanied children and young people;
  • deinstitutionalisation;
  • ministry ethics in the midst of vulnerability.

Traditional and innovative ministry approaches are critically examined with a view to developing good practice for students’ current or future work with and on behalf of vulnerable children.

A student passing this module should be able to:

  • gain a nuanced understanding of the complex nature of different types of child vulnerability in the context of holistic child wellbeing;
  • demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of key biblical, theological and missiological perspectives on vulnerable children;
  • demonstrate a critical awareness of different issues relating to vulnerable children in both local and global contexts;
  • critically reflect on Christian practice in working with and on behalf of vulnerable children in specific contexts and workplace settings;
  • articulate a thoroughly informed understanding of good practice for their own ministry (current or future) with or on behalf of vulnerable children.

(NB. the module is currently subject to validation by the University of Gloucestershire)

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About timjdavy

I teach and research on Bible and Mission at Redcliffe College and lead the 'Bible and Mission' and 'Scripture Engagement' streams of our MA in Contemporary Missiology. I am the Director of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Mission, and also lead Redcliffe's 'Fostering, Adoption and the Church' research project, .
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