Child Protection & Welfare

Trinity College Dublin

Child Protection & Welfare

For Diploma Applicants only - and

Course participants normally include service managers and supervisory/main grade professionals (social workers, public health nurses, psychologists, doctors, Gardai, child care workers, speech and language therapists, teachers, lawyers, youth and project workers, etc.). Applicants may seek full or partial funding from their employers but self-funding applicants will also be considered.

The course runs for nine separate weeks spread over the academic year. This involves students attending classes Monday-Thursday, 9.30 am - 4.00 pm for weeks 1 and 9, and Monday to Wednesday for weeks 2-8. Full attendance at all classes is expected. Candidates who successfully complete the Diploma course and meet the eligibility criteria for the M.Sc. in Child Protection and Welfare may proceed to a second year to complete the Masters course.

Students interested in registering for the M.Sc.programme must initially register for the Postgraduate Diploma (see here for separate entry under Postgraduate Diplomas). Admission to the M.Sc. programme is confined to candidates who achieve an upper second-class grade in the Postgraduate Diploma and whose research proposal for their M.Sc. dissertation is accepted. The M.Sc. comprises a series of Online lectures on research methodology and related issues, attendance and participation in a weekly online tutorial, attendance at College (either online or in person) approximately one day per term over the academic year. There is also regular contact with the student's assigned academic supervisor.

Applicants must submit a M.Sc. dissertation Research Proposal to Emma Mc Conkey, at

Child Protection and Welfare (P.Grad.Dip.)
Course Code: DPDSW-CPWE-1F09

Child Protection and Welfare (M.Sc. / P.Grad.Dip.) - Part-Time
Course Code: DPTSW-CPWE-1P09

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
For Diploma applicants Only
Applicants must have a degree or equivalent professional qualification. In addition, a minimum of three years' professional experience working with some aspect of child protection and welfare is required. Applicants may be shortlisted for interview.

Application dates

Closing Dates:
Diploma - 31st July 2023
M.Sc. - 31st July 2023


Diploma - One year Part Time/M.Sc. - One year Part Time

Enrolment dates

Next Intake September 2020

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
The postgraduate diploma is undertaken by practitioners already working in statutory and voluntary organisations providing child protection and welfare service. Feedback from former course participants indicates that successful completion of the course provides them with opportunities for change and promotion within their organisations. A number of students go on to complete further study up to doctoral level.

The multi-disciplinary nature of the course also provides linkage opportunities between different services, and each cohort of students represents a network of practitioners which endures long after the completion of the course and continues to promotes inter agency and inter professional collaboration.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    M.Sc. / P.Grad.Dip.

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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