Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare
The Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare from Trinity College Dublin, which is sponsored by the Child and Family Agency, is a one-year, part-time, multi-disciplinary course offering a postgraduate qualification to practitioners and service managers whose work involves the protection and welfare of children. The course aims to enhance the knowledge base of professionals in statutory and voluntary services meeting the needs of vulnerable children and families.
M.Sc. in Child Protection and Welfare (online)
A second year leading to a M.Sc. in Child Protection and Welfare is available to eligible candidates who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma with a 2.1 or better result. The M.Sc. is designed to build on the Postgraduate Diploma and aims to develop applied research skills in the field of child protection and welfare and is delivered completely online.
Careers & Alumni
The postgraduate diploma is undertaken by practitioners already working in statutory and voluntary organisations providing child protection and welfare service who are released for the block course weeks. Feedback from former course participants indicates that successful completion of the course provides them with opportunities for change and promotion within their organisations. A number of students go on to complete further study up to doctoral level.
The multi-disciplinary nature of the course also provides linkage opportunities between different services, and each cohort of students represents a network of practitioners which endures long after the completion of the course and continues to promotes inter agency and inter professional collaboration. Past students are kept abreast of any learning events that take place in TCD.
External examiners of the course have commented on the value to employers of supporting staff participation, and rate it as a unique and important source of professional development in child protection.
More informationVisit official programme website
The programme consists of the following modules:
- Child Protection Perspectives and Practices
- Child Law
- Child Development
- Interventions with Children and Families
- Research Methods
- Contemporary Issues
In addition, seminars and workshops are held on areas of relevant and topical interest.
Competence is assessed on the basis of full attendance and four written assignments which include a practice based project. The project is the most important single element of the course in terms of student learning. The exercise is designed to serve as a bridge between the college-based element of the course and the student's work. The student is required to carry innovative piece of work within their organisation, which can be either an evaluation of an existing service or development or a small piece of exploratory research on a topic relevant to the agency.
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Deadline passed
DisciplinesFamily & Consumer Science Social Work Public Policy View 3 other Masters in Family & Consumer Science in Ireland
- Application Form is completed online
- 2 Reference Letters - applicants are not required to get two hard copy references. You must list two referee contact details on the online application form. An automated email will be sent to both referees asking them to complete a template and send it back. (It is preferable that references are academic)
- Official Transcripts
- Curriculum Vitae
- Supplementary Form
- A certified certificate of English Language Competency if English is not your first language (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS);
- Interview - Selection interviews take place following a review of the application and fourteen places are offered on the basis of interview.
EU/EEA7214 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 7214 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
- EU/EEA: €8,397
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