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Childhood and Youth Studies


Welcome to the Childhood and Youth website! Here you will find all you need to know about studying this discipline at the Open University. Integrated working with children and young people is an increasingly high-profile policy area where many radical changes in practice, service provision and training are taking place across all sectors. There is strong demand for well-qualified people in childcare, education, youth and community work, the probation service, the police, the voluntary sector, research and policy development. Our programme offers a wide range of nationally recognised qualifications from Early Years through to Young People and from entry level to honours degree and beyond.

Below are the latest notices to do with this programme.


Notice 01

Useful NHS Web Resource
HandsOnScotland is an online resource for anybody working with children and young people. The website provides practical information and techniques on how to respond helpfully to children and young people's troubling behaviour, build up their self-esteem and promote their positive mental wellbeing.

For more information please visit the website at

The website was commissioned by the Scottish government through HeadsUpScotland and was developed by Playfield Institute (NHS Fife) in partnership with Barnardo's and the University of Dundee. It was developed with teachers in mind.


Last updated: April 2012