Child Protection and Welfare

Trinity College Dublin

24 months
7214 EUR/year
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The Child Protection and Welfare course from Trinity College Dublin places particular emphasis on the multi-disciplinary nature of child protection and family support interventions. It will assist professionals to become research focused and enhance their ability to become more evidence based in their practice.


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.

Programme Structure

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.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    7214 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7214 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

PgDip fees

  • EU/EEA: €8,397 


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