The School of Social Work and Social Policy and the online unit in Trinity College have collaborated with Mason Hayes & Curran LLP 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.
Research Findings & Practice Guidance
Dr. Stephanie Holt, Associate Professor in Trinity College Dublin presents the research evidence on domestic violence and abuse, as it relates to Child Protection and Welfare work.
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
Legal Framework for Domestic Violence & Child Protection
Sonya Bruen, Partner in the Health and Prosecutions department, Mason Hayes & Curran LLP provides practical guidance on the key legislation and how parental rights and children’s rights can be balanced in this complex area.
Session 3: Legal framework for domestic violence and child protection
Session 4: Legal thresholds for state intervention for children in domestic violence
This course ran in April 2021 and October 2021 virtually.
See attendee testimonials here.
Each session of the 4 sessions include:
Introductory video and audio/slide presentation – 1 hour
Interactive learning (reading/case studies/learning journal) – 6+ hours
Total 20 hours online CPD + 2 hour group workshop (optional)
All content will be online. Case studies and readings will be provided. Live online workshop and Q&A session with course facilitators at end of the course – dates to be confirmed.
Members of An Garda Síochána
Family support workers
Domestic violence organisations
Specialised medical / nursing professionals
Social care practitioners