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.
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.