Module Overview

Child Protection Perspectives: Safeguarding and Family Support

To provide the student with a comprehensive overview of child protection policies and procedures and the particular responsibilities of social care workers.To equip the student with an integrated knowledge of the structures and organisational systems involved in the long term management of child protection cases.To develop the student’s assessment, reflective and intervention skills in responding to children and young people at risk.To provide the student with a critical overview of early intervention and family support services with an emphasis on the primacy of the needs and the rights of the child.To provide the student with current knowledge in relation to the impact on children and young people of domestic violence and the effectiveness of key prevention strategies.

Module Code

SSSC H4021

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Review of relevant legislation, policy and practice

National legislation and child protection policies:Children First; Safeguarding children;Local and agency specific child protection policies;Investigating child abuse and neglect; Children's Rights; HIQA; National Children’s Strategy; Minister for Children; The Ombudsman for Children; TUSLA.

Key Investigative Reports

Kilkenny Incest Report (1993);Madonna House Report (1996);Kelly Fitzgerald Report (1996);SAVI Report (2002);The Victoria Climbié Inquiry (2003);Ryan Report (2009);Murphy Report (2009);Monageer Report (2009);Roscommon Child Care Case (2010).

Prevention Strategies

Early Intervention;family support services;parental support and training; online abuse prevention;specialist services.

Domestic Violence: Impact on children and young people

Domestic Violence: prevalence and forms;impact on children and young people; preventative strategies.

Direct work with Children

Listening to children and adolescents;communication skills with children and adolescents;primary protection programmes; therapeutic interventions with children and adolescents;play therapy.

Interdisciplinary and Interagency working

Professional and agency involvement;communication;multidisciplinary v. interdisciplinary working;confidentiality;child protection conferences;mandatory reporting.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)40
Formal Examination60