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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 an immersive, innovative blended learning curriculum facilitating transferable skills including team work, communication, a self-directed flexible approach to learning and problem solving and 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 to progress through the programme in a staged approach by building on their Graduate Certificate before undertaking a Graduate Diploma and subsequently 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 a choice of a further 10 credit module from the Graduate Diploma. 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.

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.

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

Who should take the 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 provides a comprehensive foundation for practitioners 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.

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.


12 months

Further enquiries

Academic Programme Director:
Dr Michaela Davis
School of Medicine

Programme Administrator:
UCD Diagnostic Imaging Programme Office,
Health Sciences Centre,
UCD Belfield, Dublin 4.
Tel : + 353 1 716 6545
Fax: + 353 1 716 6547

Subjects taught

The Graduate Certificate includes a total of 30 ECTS. Students can build their Graduate Certificate from the modules listed below - up to 30 ECTS.

Legal Responsibilities in Child Welfare and Protection 5 ECTS
Diverse Contexts in 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


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 module. On line content is released at weekly intervals.

Application date

Applications are currently being accepted and can be made via the UCD applications page

Enrolment and start dates

Next intake September annually

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