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Child Welfare & Protection

Graduate Diploma in 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 an immersive, innovative blended learning curriculum facilitating transferable skills including team work, communication, a self-directed flexible approach to learning and problem solving as well as applied research delivered by both face to face and on line learning in a supportive learning environment. Students have a variety of options including the possibility of exiting at the Graduate Diploma level or progressing through the programme in a staged approach by building on their Graduate Diploma and undertaking the final core modules in the MSc programme at a later date.

The Child Welfare and Protection 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 provides a comprehensive foundation for practitioners own professional management within their own discipline and as members of a multidisciplinary team.

A flexible modular structure has been designed to suit practitioners, in order that individuals can complete each module independently. Modules are focussed on legal responsibilities, case management and influencing context of the inherent challenges within this field.

The modules are delivered in a stimulating educational forum using innovative practice within a multidisciplinary arena whilst combining research and evidence based practice. The programme is structured to accommodate work requirements of students and is delivered through a mixture of blended learning and face to face delivery. Full support is given by academic staff, educational technologist and administrative staff.

Who should take this course?
This course is designed for any individual who works with children and families in the health, social work, education, criminal justice, Gardaí and social care and community fields.

It 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.

What Will I Learn?
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.

How/Where Will I Learn?
The course is delivered using a blended learning approach with a mixture of day attendance and online learning Attendance will depend on the combination of modules taken although is on average 2 days per module. Online content is released at weekly intervals.

Entry requirements

Am I Eligible for this Course?
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.

International Applicants
Students are required to have a level 8 honours degree or above.

Have attained a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (minimum score of 6 in any given band) or 600 in TOEFL (250+ computer-based; 100 +iTB score, with test of written English at 475+). All test results must be less than 2 years old relative to the year of entry to the programme. This is necessary to ensure that prospective students can manage the programme's academic workload and communicate effectively within the course.

Have attained a minimum of 5 months working with children and/or families and provide documented evidence supporting this (Pre-course Experience Declaration Form). This experience should normally be attained during the year of planned entry to the programme and may be undertaken in the student's own country. The University is not responsible for arranging this. This experience is necessary to help students to put subject material covered in lectures into context. The Pre-course Clinical Experience Declaration Form must be completed and returned within one month of the course start date and returned to the academic course director.

Students are also required to provide an academic and work reference supporting their commitment to and ability to undertake this course.

Duration

12 months part-time.

Number of credits

60

Further enquiries

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

Programme Administrator:
UCD Diagnostic Imaging Programme Office,
Health Sciences Centre,
UCD Belfield, Dublin 4.
Tel : + 353 1 716 6545
Fax: + 353 1 716 6547
e-mail: graduate.imaging@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 Graduate Diploma is made up from the following modules up to a total of 60 ECTS.

Legal Responsibilities in Child Welfare and Protection 5 ECTS

Diverse Contexts for Child Welfare and Protection 10 ECTS

Theory Concepts and Philosophy in Child Welfare and Protection 10 ECTS

Child Protection and Welfare in the Practice Environment 10 ECTS

Non Accidental Injury 5 ECTS

Clinical Supervision in Child Welfare and Protection 10 ECTS

Research Methods/Research Methods and Statistics 10 ECTS

Comment

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

Application date

Applications are currently being accepted and can be made via the UCD applications page www.ucd.ie/apply

Course fee

Irish/EU Applicants: €6,900.
Non-EU Applicants: €12,900.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September annually.

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