Domestic Violence Child Protection:Training for Child Protection & Welfare Practitioners - Micro-credential

6 weeks
100 Places


This course qualifies for a 50% subsidy under the HCI Fees Subsidy. Please refer to the fees section for details and eligibility criteria.

Who is this Micro-credential for?  

•  This Micro-Credential is a collaborative project between Trinity College Dublin and Mason, Hayes and Curran LLP. 
•  This micro-credential is offered to a wide range of health, social care and policing professionals working around child protection and welfare.  
•  It would also be relevant to other professionals, advocates and activists engaged in child protection and welfare, or aspiring to work in these areas.  

Why should I take this Micro-credential?  

• This micro credential will offer an innovative and unique learning opportunity where learners are firstly engaged with the evidence base on domestic violence and abuse and its implications for children and families. 

• Secondly, learners are simultaneously engaged with the process of applying this learning to relevant case material they would confront in their practice with reference to the current Irish Legal Framework

When can I start this Micro-credential?  

• There are two intakes per year: September and January
• Please note - there will be no intakes in Academic Year 2024/25

What do I need to be accepted onto this Micro-credential? – Entry requirements

A level 8 Degree.


Relevant career experience.  This experience should amount to at least 3 years in the role.  A C.V. must be uploaded with the application detailing employment history

What will I learn? 
On successful completion of this micro-credential, learners will be able to: 
•    Evaluate and synthesise the research evidence on what it is like to be a child and live with domestic violence and abuse
•    Demonstrate an understanding and the knowledge to theoretically apply the empirical evidence base on the impact of domestic violence and abuse on parenting, both mothering and fathering
•    Critically engage with and discuss the research evidence on post-separation contact, in particular the evidence that needs to be considered when decisions about contact are being made
•    Appraise and outline the implications for best practice interventions from the above evidence base
•    Demonstrate an understanding of and be able to apply the legal framework for responding to domestic violence and abuse within child protection and welfare work, including the legal thresholds for state intervention.
•    Demonstrate the ability to articulate and integrate an understanding of new Child Protection Legislation in their day-to-day practice with children and families living with domestic violence and abuse.

What will I do? 
The course includes six sessions: 
•    Session 1: Understanding how children live with domestic violence: exploring definitions, prevalence and impact.
•    Session 2: Understanding domestic violence as an abusive context for children: considering impact through a developmental lens.
•    Session 3: Unpacking the impact of and implications for parenting practices and capacity when domestic violence and abuse is present in families.
•    Session 4: When separation is not a ‘vaccine’ against domestic violence: post-separation contact and the continued abuse of children.
•    Session 5: Understanding the legal framework for domestic violence and child protection
•    Session 6: State intervention for children living with domestic violence

How will this Micro-credential be delivered? 

This micro-credential will be delivered fully online with learning material assigned on a weekly basis over 6 weeks. 2 full-day online sessions (6 hours each) will be facilitated towards the end of the course.

Weekly Learning package will include context setting material  for pre-recorded lectures (pre-reading, case studies and videos), relfection tasks and quizzes.

Additional 4 weeks allowed for participants to complete all assessed component parts.

How is this Micro-credential assessed? 
Students will be assessed as follows: 
1.    Case study (3.000 words – 60%)
2.    Group Presentation (30%)
3.    Reflective Learning Journal (10%)

Course Details



Number of Places

100 Places

Next Intake


Course Coordinator

Emma Quill -

Course Director

Dr Stephanie Holt
Sonya Bruen

Closing Date

14th August 2024

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Admission Requirements

Transcript should be uploaded as evidence of a degree where applicable

An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae is also required

Course Fees

Click here for a full list of postgraduate fees

HCI Fees Subsidy - Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria may qualify for a 50% fee subsidy, subject to the availability of subsidized places. For eligibility details, please refer to the Eligibility Criteria -


To apply, click on the relevant Apply Link below

Get in Touch

General Enquiries: 

Course Coordinator: Emma Quill -

Course Director: Dr Stephanie Holt - sholt@tcd.iee and Sonya Bruen -

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As Ireland’s leading university, we offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes at masters, diploma and certificate level.

Trinity is an international university steeped in history, with a reputation for excellence in education, research and innovation.

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