MSc 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 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.

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, social care, probation, voluntary and community fields. 

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.

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

How/Where Will I Learn?

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.  

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 (MSC 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 students 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.

Application Details

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

Course Fees

Irish / EU ApplicantsNon-EU Applicants
€12,900 €24,500

Last Updated: 28th August 2017

For more information on course fees please visit the Fees & Grants Office website.

Contact Us

Academic Programme Director:

Programme Administrator:

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

 

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