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Child Welfare & Protection

Course in Context

This course will equip students with the skills required to engage in their statutory responsibilities under the new legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children. The course offers a flexible approach to learning by integrating face to face and on line learning in a supportive learning environment.

The flexible modular structure is designed to suit participants giving students a variety of options including the possibility to progress through the programme in a staged approach by first completing a Professional Diploma, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma before undertaking the final core modules in the MSc programme at a later date.

The course offers an interdisciplinary perspective and focuses upon areas such as reporting, responding, clinical supervision and practical court skills. Assessments are based on the application of specific child protection and welfare competencies as applied to the students own area of relevant work.

Course Overview

This course prepares students from health, social care and other services who interact with children to develop skills in relation to child welfare and protection within their organisation. Students have the option of first undertaking a Professional Diploma, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma before progressing to the full MSc programme.

The programme aims to build upon and advance the students existing repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional responsibilities in relation to child protection and welfare. Modules are focussed on legal responsibilities, case management and influencing context of the inherent challenges within this field.

Students will have the opportunity to develop and enhance their critical evaluation skills and will be afforded the opportunity to undertake a research dissertation guided by a dedicated research supervisor.

The programme will provide a stimulating educational forum using innovative practice in a multidisciplinary arena whilst combining research and evidence based practice. Students can tailor the course to meet their own professional needs and interests by selecting a combination of modules.

The programme is structured to accommodate work requirements of students and delivered through a mixture of blended learning and some face to face delivery. Full support is given by academic staff, an educational technologist and administrative staff.

This course is designed for any individual who works with children and families in the health, social work, education, criminal justice, Gardaí, social care, probation, voluntary and community fields.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have a level 8 honours degree or above. Students who do not have a level 8 honours degree or above should contact a member of the programme team in advance of applying and may be eligible based on their prior experience.

Students are required to be currently working with children and/or families and ideally have at least one year’s experience in this area.

Duration

24 months Part Time

The course is delivered using a blended learning approach with a mixture of day attendance and on line learning. Attendance will depend on the combination of modules taken although is on average 2 days per 10 ECTS module. On line content is released at weekly intervals.

Further enquiries

Dr Michaela Davis
School of Medicine
Email: michaela.davis@ucd.ie

Dr Amanda Phelan
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
Email: amanda.phelan@ucd.ie
Professor Jim Campbell
School of Applied Social Science
Email: jim.campbell@ucd.ie

Subjects taught

The course offers an interdisciplinary perspective and focuses upon areas such as reporting, responding, clinical supervision and practical court skills. Assessments are based on the application of specific child protection and welfare competencies as applied to the students own area of relevant work.

Indicative Module List:

Year 1
Diverse Contexts in Child Protection (core module) 10 credits
Legal Responsibilities in Child Protection (core module) 5 credits
Theory, Concepts and Philosophy in Child Protection (core module) 10 credits
Child Protection in the Clinical Environment (option module) 10 credits OR Child Protection (option module) (option module) 10 credits
Non Accidental Injury (core module) 5 credits
Clinical Supervision in Child Protection (core module) 10 credits
Research Methods (option module) 10 credits OR Research Methods and Statistics (option module) 10 credits

Year 2
Dissertation (core module) 30 credits

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September annually.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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