Module code: NUR2114

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

LANE H Mrs (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 1

Independent Study Hours: 102

Lecture Hours: 37

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 100

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

 Completion of level 1 modules

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

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.

Methods of Teaching / Learning


Key lectures

Discussion groups


Case studies

Self-directed study

Simulated learning

Directed e-learning activities

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 

Reading list

Reading list for EMPOWERING AND PROTECTING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/nur2114

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 2017/8 academic year.