Legal Training for Child Protection and Welfare Practitioners - Micro-credential

8 weeks
100 Places Places


Who is this Micro-credential for?  

• This micro-credential will appeal to a wide range of health, social care and policing professionals working in child protection and welfare. Additionally, it is relevant to a range of other front-line practitioners engaged in child protection and welfare work, including those working in the domestic violence sector and HSE employees in the disability and primary care sector. 

• Finally, the area of child protection and welfare is a key priority for workforce development in the public sector and across civil society in Ireland. This responsive micro-credential will therefore be relevant to a broader range of professionals up-skilling in this subject.

Why should I take this Micro-credential?  

• This micro-credential, offered in conjunction to Mason, Hayes and Curran, is designed to meet the specific need for education and training in legal statues and the application of those in practice for all health, social care and policing professionals working in child protection and welfare.

When can I start this Micro-credential?  

• There is one intake per year in September: 

• Next available start date: September 2022

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

• Applicants must have an NFQ Level 8 qualification. 

• You will need to provide your CV and your university transcript.

What will I learn? 

At the end of this micro-credential, participants will:

• Have an increased understanding of the framework for child protection and welfare practice in Ireland.

• Understand the complexities of balancing parental and children’s rights.

• Gain insight into what Judges require from child protection professionals.

• Be more prepared for the provision of clear and balanced evidence in court proceedings.

• Have a clearer understanding of the impact of new child protection legislation on their day-to-day practice.

What will I do? 

• Learning on this micro-credential will be via live online workshops, Q&A sessions with course facilitators and self-directed learning from provided case studies and readings. 

• The course includes four sessions which cover:

1. Legal Framework for Child Protection Practice in Ireland

2. Children’s Rights

3. The Voice of the Child in Court Proceedings

4. Fair Procedures and Parental Rights

How will this Micro-credential be delivered? 

• This micro-credential is delivered fully online, with four sessions delivered weekly within an 8-week period. As it is industry-focused it is important that its agile delivery meets the demand within this busy professional sector for flexible learning, at the learners' pace and in their own time. 

• Learning materials are released each Monday and can be accessed by participants at a time convenient to them. These materials include videos, case examples, case law and topics for consideration / discussion. An additional four weeks for completion of the assessed component is allowed.

How is this Micro-credential assessed? 

• Your learning in this micro-credential will be assessed using a case study, fictional but grounded in the reality of child protection and welfare practice and with application to all the professionals on the micro-credential at a given time. The case study will require you to ‘Consider both Challenges and Opportunities’ for your professional practice in responding to this case, with reference to the four areas covered on the module.   

Course Details

Number of Places

100 Places Places

Next Intake

March 2023

Course Coordinator

Dr Stephanie Holt and Sonya Bruen

Course Director

Stephanie Holt

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Admission Requirements

• Generally, applicants must have an NFQ Level 8 qualification. 

• You will need to provide your CV and your university transcript. 

• Exemptions may be granted for some professionals as recommended by the school and in line with Trinity Recognition of Prior Learning Policy (2020).


1. Submit your personal details on the application form. 

2. Log in to the portal with your (new) login credentials. 

3. Upload documents as required by the school for the micro-credential including a copy of your Curriculum Vitae. 

Course Fees

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Get in Touch

Telephone Number

 01 8962001

General Enquiries:

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