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.

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

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.

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 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
€6,900 €12,900
  • For more information on course fees please visit the Fees & Grants Office website.
  • Fees are correct at the time of writing. Last Updated: 28th August 2017.

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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