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Working across boundaries from theory to practice in children and young people’s Mental Health HUG4059


This module will support students to demonstrate advanced knowledge of systems theory, thinking and practice in children and young people’s mental health across a range of sectors. The module explores and evaluates the growing need of the workforce and organisations to work effectively across boundaries ensuring practice reflects the highest quality of care and experience for children, young people and their family. It will focus on evaluating and synthesising systems theory in relation to mental health practice thus encouraging learners to critically analyse and reflect upon the wider benefits and challenges of integrated care and multi-agency working as it relates to a mental health topic and setting of their choosing.

Module code:HUG4059
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:Price for intakes from September 2024 – July 2025: £1000

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Who is this module for?

This module is suitable for those seeking to enhance knowledge, at level 7, related to child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing theories and concepts. These theories and concepts are explored in the context of working across system boundaries.

What are the key aims of the module?

The systems theory framework used within this module aims to help students to understand the role of psychological, biological and social factors that must be take account of when supporting mental wellbeing with children and young people. In addition, this module aims to support enhanced employability skills by providing students with an opportunity to apply their learning to a topic and sector of their choice and thereby consider the challenges and benefits associated with working across sector boundaries in a mental health context.

How will I study?

Blended learning is planned with face–to–face direct teaching alongside online learning.

What will I study?

  • The influence of theory, research and policy in mental health.
  • Systems theory, thinking and models
  • Systems leadership and change
  • Systems and engagement
  • Systems and governance
  • Multiagency working
  • Integrated care
  • Theory to practice advancing knowledge
  • The changing children’s mental health landscape
  • Working across sector boundaries
  • Benefits, challenges and improving quality
  • Employability and Personal Development

How will I be assessed?

3000 word critical analysis and evaluation of theory and its application to practice in children and young people’s mental health across sector boundaries.

On successful completion you will:

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of systems theories and concepts within a chosen area of children and young people’s mental health.
  • Critically analyse current research, knowledge and practice in relation to a chosen area of children and young people’s mental health.
  • Critically reflect on the benefits and challenges of working across boundaries in children and young people’s mental health.
  • Critically evaluate the ways in which relevant agencies are enhancing the quality of mental health service provision for children and young people.

Study dates and venues

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Thursday 6 February 2025

Session times:

  • Thursday 6 February 2025 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Thursday 20 February 2025 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Thursday 6 March 2025 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Thursday 20 March 2025 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Thursday 3 April 2025 9.30am-3.30pm
    • Assignment Submission for February intake - 20 June 2025 at 12pm

How to apply

Please note that HUG4017 will be replaced by HUG4059. Further information will be available soon.

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

Contact us

For queries in relation to availability please contact For information relating to module suitability, please contact Module Co-ordinator Shaun Liverpool by telephone (01695 650733) or email (


MSc Child & Adolescent Mental Health & Wellbeing.