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Course Structure & Content
The School of Social Work and Social Policy and the online unit in Trinity College have collaborated with MHC LLP solicitors to create this new course to meet the need for specialised training for a range of practitioners who work with families and children experiencing domestic violence. This is a socio-legal module with a focus on two main practice areas:

1. Research Findings and Practice Guidance

  • Session 1: Domestic Violence and children: considering the abusive home context; multiple adversities and developmental impacts;
  • Session 2: Domestic Violence and children: considering the implications for parenting capacity and the post-separation period.

2. Legal Framework for Domestic Violence and Child Protection;

  • Session 3: Legal Framework for Domestic Violence and child protection;
  • Session 4: Legal thresholds for state intervention for children in domestic violence

All content will be online and includes case studies and readings, which are provided. There will also be a live online workshop and Q & A session with course facilitators at the end of the course – dates to be confirmed

Participants will be required to engage with the sessions in their own time by;

  • Accessing the online relevant audio/ video recordings, readings and links to relevant case examples
  • Maintaining a learning journal

Participation in the course does not include access to Trinity Library or other Trinity College student services. Links to relevant documents will be provided in course material. There is no formal assessment for this course. However, students must engage with all online learning materials provided before a certificate of completion is achieved valued at 30 CPD points.

Student testimonials and further course information can be found at the following link:

Duration and Next Intake- Start Date: 10th March 2023 and Closing Date for Registration 24th February 2023

The Course will take place over 4 weeks. Each session of the 4 sessions include;

• Introductory video and audio / slide presentation – 1 hour

• Interactive learning (reading / case studies / learning journal) – 4 hours

Total 20 hours online CPD + 2 hour group workshop (optional)

Registration details facilitating access to the online module will be provided by Trinity College prior to the commencement of the course (subject to payment in full).

Course Staff

Dr. Stephanie Holt Associate Professor, Social Studies, Trinity College Dublin presents on the research evidence on domestic violence and abuse, as it relates to Child Protection and Welfare work. Contact Details:

Sonya Bruen, Partner in the Health and Prosecutions department, Mason Hayes & Curran LLP solicitors provides practical guidance on the key legislation and how parental rights and children’s rights can be balanced in this complex area. Contact Details: Full bio available here

Course Administrator Michelle Moore-

Entry Requirements & Registration
This online continuous professional development course is open to Social workers, members of An Garda Síochána, family support workers, domestic violence organisations, specialised medical / nursing professionals, legal Practitioners, social care practitioners and teachers.

For employer payments please contact us at (do not pay through the link below).

Contact us
All Queries should be directed to the Course Administrator Michelle Moore -