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Disability, Mental Health and Child Protection: Towards New Understanding (NFQ Level 9) - 5 ECTS



This cutting-edge micro-credential aims to provide learners with an understanding of key issues in the area of disability (including mental health difficulties) and child protection. It is designed to meet the specific training needs of all education, health, social care and policing professionals working in the area of disability, mental health, child protection and welfare or sectors where the client base includes individuals who may have a disability or mental health condition.

The micro-credential aims to provide learners with an understanding of key issues in the area of disability, mental health and child protection. Uptake of current best evidence, insights from seminal inquiry reports, innovations and insights from disability theory, research, and activism as well as practice wisdom will be instrumental in achieving this.

Micro-Credential Outline

This contemporary micro-credential allows flexibility in many of its components and will be delivered fully online. The relevant sector in Ireland is demanding and many professionals must juggle demands of work and home life leading to the need for flexible learning at the learner’s pace. This module therefore entails seven hours of synchronous learning (in the form of live tutorial classes) combined with the other key components consisting of pre-recorded lectures, reflective exercises, independent study & assessment preparation to be completed asynchronously. We feel that the flexibility in the delivery of the micro-credential will be attractive to the target employer and professional learner, making this micro-credential a competitive offering


Course Start Date and Duration

This next iteration of this course will be in:

September 2024.

Please contact Emma Quill , if you would like to be contacted when the apply link is opened.

*Please note the micro-credential will not proceed if less than 10 learners are registered.


The fees for this micro-credential are €500

Entry requirement and how to apply

Those wishing to apply must hold a NFQ level 8 qualification.

Experience of a practice setting and/or life experience pertaining to disability and child protection such as advocacy, disability services experience, informal care-giving experience, child protection and welfare experience, or relevant professional experience in fields such as social care, law, social work or psychology.  This experience should amount to a minimum of 16 hours. Candidates should be willing to reflect on this experience as part of their learning. 

Applications can be made here (Apply Link will not open until early 2024)


All Queries should be directed to the Course Administrator Emma Quill