EDUC07022 2022 Welfare and protection of children.

General Details

Full Title
Welfare and protection of children.
Transcript Title
Welfare and Protect of Child
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Subject Area
EDUC - Education
SOCS - Social Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Susan Flynn, Brenda Feeney
Programme Membership
SG_HEARL_H08 202200 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education SG_HEARL_G07 202200 Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education SG_HEARM_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education SG_HEARL_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education

The module addresses the need for practitioners, working with children and young people, to provide an environment where the welfare of the child is paramount.  Students will complete the Health Services Executive accredited Keeping Safe Child Protection training, in line with  Children First Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children, 2011. Areas addressed in the training include signs and symptoms of abuse, reporting procedures of suspected abuse along with good recruitment practices.  Working with case studies, students will complete case conference reports and examine their role and contribution to multi agency information sharing meetings.  Discussing child protection concerns with parents is considered good practice and students will examine this in detail through role play.  They will also consider the necessity to support children, parents and staff where there are ongoing child protection investigations.  Major abuse enquiries will be studies to demonstrate the need for knowledge of and adherence to child protection policies and procedures.

Students will be required to reflect on their knowledge and attitudes throughout the module.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the procedures for identifying and reporting concerns as laid out in Children First, National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011.


Discuss child abuse enquiries, at Irish and internatioinal level which have contributed to current child protection polices and practice.


Outline the roles and procedures associated with multi-agency conferences.


Demonstrate how a professional works with, children, parents and staff where there are child protection concerns.


Reflectively evaluate their own learning and skills acquisition identifying strategies for future developments and demonstrating an understanding of reflective models.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures and tutorials

Attendance will be monitored in lectures and tutorials.

Module Assessment Strategies

Using a case study students will work through a number of steps for assessment purposes:

Identify and name child protection concerns.

In a role play, which will be assessed, the student will inform a parent/guardian of the child protection concern and steps they are required to take at this point.

Complete a HSE referral form.  Complete a  report for a child protection case conference.

A written reflective assignment and a reflective presentation focused on learning strategies.(PDP)

Repeat Assessments

Individual assignment.

Indicative Syllabus

Students will complete the Keeping Safe, Children First, Child Protection accredited training which addresses the following in four modules:

Awareness of Child Protection issues.

Creating a safe environment.

Crearing an Inclusive environment.

Management of staff and volunteers

In addition to the accredited course the syllabus will address:

Working and supporting children, parents and staff where there are child protection concerns.

Role of supervision.  Models of supervision.

Writing a child protection report for a multi agency case conference.

Report writing skills. Use of appropriate language.

Obtaining support for families through the use of Family Welfare Conferences or the Identification of Need process.

Examining case studies to identify if abuse is occurring and making a decision when it appropriate  to refer to Health Service Executive.

Completing the required HSE referral form along with a detailed report for a multi agency case conference.

Reflecting on their attitudes towards the child, parents and the abuser, along with their ability to create a safe environment for children.




Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Oral Exam role play Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Week 11 1,4
2 Written Report Child protection case conference report along with HSE documentation Coursework Assessment Assignment 50 % Week 11 2,3,5
3 Reflective and Oral Presentation for PDP Coursework Assessment Assessment 10 % Week 12 5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Flat Classroom lecture and tutorial 03 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Children First. National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011.  Government Publicaitons Office.

Practice Handbook for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011. HSE.

Child Care Act 1991

Protection for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998

Climbe. The Victoria Climbie inquiry report 2003. 

Ferguson. H., O'Reilly. M.,  (2001) Keeping Children Safe. Farmer. Dublin.

The Ferns Report 2005.

Kelly Fitzgerald Case  1995.

Kilkenny Incest Report 1993.

Hobaret. C., Frankel. J., Walker.M., (2009)  Good Practice in Safeguarding Children.  3rd ed. Nelson Thornes . Cheltenham. 

Monageer Inquiry (2009)  Dept. of Health and Children. Government publications.

Parton. N., (2006)  Safeguarding Childhood.  Palgrave. Hampshire.

Roscommon Child Care Case.  Report of the Inquiry Team to the Health Service Executive 2010.

The Ryan report

Commission of Investiageion report into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin (2009). Dublin. Government publications.

Shannon. G. (2010) Fourth Report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection

West of Ireland Farme Case (McColgan) 1995

Working for Children and Families. Exploring Good Practice (2009) Dept. of Health. Government publicaitons.



Other Resources


Additional Information

Commencement of placement is reliant on a record of attendance, as noted by module leader, and successful completion of module assessment(s). In order to progress to placement, full attendance is also required at all compulsory placement preparation workshops, as arranged by the Placement Facilitation Unit.