Family Support - Theory & Practice

Course Codes:
Carlow Campus: CW HRFSU Y
Wicklow Campus: CW HKFSU Y

What is this programme about?
Family Support is a style of work and a wide range of activities that strengthen positive informal social networks through community based programmes and services.

The main focus of these services is on early intervention aiming to promote and protect the health, well-being and rights of all children, young people and their families.

At the same time particular attention is given to those who are vulnerable or at risk (Tusla, 2017). The aim of this programme is to further the education and skills of professionals with a common interest in family support.

On completion of this programme students should be able to:
• Critically examine the evolution of Family Support from a national and international perspective.

• Critically analyse theories of Family Support.

• Critically reflect on their ethical responsibilities to clients, family members, agency and other professionals.

• Evaluate different interventions for responding to people using a Family Support approach.

• Analyse the impact of that family challenges pose to children and the family.

• Recognise the value of Family Support intervention for children and families.

• Outline practice they have been engaged in and critique the tools, resources, professional skills & interventions in relation to family support.

• Critically reflect on and evaluate how a planned intervention carried out in practice impacted on the service users quality of life.

Entry requirements

All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Lifelong Learning reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.


1 YEAR — PART-TIME (6 Saturdays)

Number of credits

30 Credit Module - NFQ Level 9

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Centre
Institute of Technology Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Tel: 059 9175280
Fax: 059 9175005

Faculty for Lifelong Learning
Wicklow County Campus
Clermont House
Rathnew, County Wicklow
Tel: 0404 67125

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Family Support Overview
Family Support Theory
Family Support Practice
Family Challenges

Course fee


Enrolment and start dates


1. Choose your programme/s from our prospectus or online programme listing.

It is very important that you review all of the following before applying:

• Entry requirements
• Supporting documentation requirements for your application
• Course modules and information
• Schedule and location
• Fees
• Relevant course code
• Closing dates for applications where applicable.

Should you have any queries, or need further information on a particular programme of study, please contact the Lifelong Learning Office.

2. Gather all supporting documentation required for your application (e.g. references, CV, personal statement etc.).

Scanned copies of your supporting documentation must be uploaded with your application. Documents must be in a clear format, of good quality and a readable size.

Poor quality/unreadable documents may seriously affect the assessment of your application.

3. Apply online at

The online application system is now open for new applications for the academic year 2018/2019. This is an online application system that allows applicants to apply for multiple programmes at Institute of Technology Carlow.

Course selection may be from any of our Degrees, Higher Certificate and Certificate programmes.

To ensure a place on your chosen course we advise applying as soon as possible. Certain programmes are restricted to a limited number of applicants and places on said courses are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Institute of Technology Carlow reserves the right to request that some applicants attend for interview to determine their suitability for individual programmes.

4. Applicants will be contacted by email if further information or proof of qualifications are required.

5. Getting started

Applicants who receive an offer of a place must pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place. The dates of offers will be posted on the IT Carlow website. Our academic year starts in September and academic timetables and other news and events will be posted on the website.

Start Date: September 2018.

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