Graduate Certificate 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 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 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 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. 

What Will I Learn?

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

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 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 (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

Course Fees

Irish/EU ApplicantsNon-EU Applicants
€3,850 €6,900

Last Updated: 28th August 2017

Contact Us

Academic Programme Director:

Programme Administrator:

Dr Michaela  Davis 

School of Medicine



Dr Amanda Phelan

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems



Professor Jim Campbell

School of Applied Social  Science



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