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PgDip Social Work with Children, Young People and Families

PgDip Social Work with Children, Young People and Families

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Children / Youth (Social Work) Families (Social Work) Social Work

Course type


Course Summary


The modules that make up the Social Work with Children, Young People and Families programme are designed to meet the continuing professional development needs of social work staff working across the Child Care sector.

The programme presents opportunities to study a range of areas relevant to practice with children, young people and families, with three modules focusing broadly on
• Advanced Knowledge, Theory and Methods
• Promoting and Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Families
• Enhancing Outcomes for Children in State Care

Teaching is informed by current research and evidence, and students are encouraged to apply the learning to their particular professional contexts. Working with practitioners from a range of settings affords a creative and challenging opportunity for learning and the sharing of ideas and approaches for best practice with children, young people and families.

Students can access modules individually and accumulate academic credit points towards an award, affording the flexibility to work within your own time schedules.

While modules can be taken on a ‘stand alone’ basis, the full PG Diploma programme aims to maintain educational coherence whilst offering learning opportunities across a wide range of topics and issues.

Please note that this course is not eligible for a Tier 4 visa.

Professional Accreditations

The programme has been accredited by the Northern Ireland Post-Qualifying Education and Training Partnership and offers a professional award and requirements at the specialist level.


Child and family social work engages with children and young people experiencing some of the most challenging issues arising from, for example, loss and change, trauma, the effects of neglect and/or abuse and other factors that can impact on their development and well-being across the life-course. These difficulties must be understood within the context of parenting and environmental factors and it is here that theories of childhood and parenting come to the fore in enabling social work practitioners to understand and explain complex behaviours. Moreover, it is vital that practitioners can draw on methods of intervention that research has shown to be effective in addressing these difficulties in childhood. Throughout all of this practitioners need to reflect critically on their practice, making informed, reasoned decisions in the interests of the child.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Equivalent qualifications include the Pre-2007 Post-Qualifying Award in Social Work. Where this is not met, applicants must demonstrate that their experience and qualifications enable them to undertake study at postgraduate level through the uptake of references and through completing a written assignment.