The primary focus of family support is on early intervention and prevention, aiming to promote and protect the health, well-being and rights of all children, young people and their families, paying particular attention to those who are vulnerable or at risk. The aim of this programme is to further the education and skills of professionals with a common interest in family support.
Established in 2003, this programme is the only one of its kind in Europe with an emphasis on applying a Family Support orientation across a wide range of practice and policy arenas.
Practitioners who participate in this programme will:
- Strengthen their knowledge base on Family Support theory, policy and practice;
- Understand core theoretical ideas underpinning Family Support;
- Apply this theoretical learning to develop key skills in Family Support practice;
- Enhance the quality of Family Support services delivered by relevant state, voluntary and community agencies;
- Develop their project management and evaluation skills;
- Develop research and report writing skills.
Course Outline and Delivery
This is a two-year part-time programme delivered virtually and face-to-face using a hybrid model. Students are required to attend small group classes two days every second week over the academic year with the agreement of their employers. There are seven modules in total; three of these are core modules and are taught in both years. The programme is assessed using a continuous assessment model. Participants will be taught by a core programme team comprising of leading experts in Family Support along with regular guest speakers.
Participants will have a third-level qualification or a recognised professional qualification in a field broadly related to family support service delivery. In addition, as the programme is not geared towards individuals coming out of undergraduate programmes, a minimum of one years’ work experience in the health and social services area is required of candidates. As there currently exists a set of practitioners working with children and families who, despite a wealth of skills, have not attained a formal, recognised undergraduate qualification, two places may be offered on the programme postgraduate level.
Graduates will have the opportunity to enhance their careers in a wide range of service areas at both practitioner and manager level, working in state and voluntary services on behalf of children and families. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the family support area, the programme is geared towards those working in social work, social care, community work, public health nursing, disability, education, justice, social welfare, early years, gerontology, and other related fields.
Academic Director – Dr Carmel Devaney, firstname.lastname@example.org
Duration: 2 years, part-time, hybrid delivery
Next start date: September 2024
Course code: 1FS2 (MA); 1FS3 (PDip)
Fees: EU: €2,105 p.a. (including levy) 2024/25