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.
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.