This module explores the theoretical underpinning to integrated community-based work, looks at past approaches, and critically examines the ‘new’ direction in service provision. In particular, the module draws on the ethic of care and social ecological theories to analyse universal and targeted community-based responses to children and families, including such services as home support, child protection, disability services and programmes designed to address inclusion.
Delivery dates TBC

Throughout the module, we will apply a children’s rights lens when assessing interventions designed to improve early childhood experiences through collaborative, interagency working.

Recent changes in both the policy arena and in the reform of services in Ireland designed to support children and families have drawn renewed attention to interagency and collaborative approaches in practice. The establishment of the Family & Children’s Agency/Tusla and the creation of Children’s Services Committees across the state are two examples of these reforms. Do these changes represent a fresh start in the response to family-based issues, or is it a matter of rearranging current services, with little change experienced by service users?

When you have successfully completed this module, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the nature, purpose and range of community, voluntary and statutory services designed to support children and families
  • Analyse recent service developments and additions to the range of programmes designed to support children and families
  • Critique the practical issues involved in professional interagency working
  • Outline the policy context surrounding integrated working with children and families
  • Provide a theoretical foundation to the debate regarding community-based responses to support children and families
  • Discuss the continuum of approaches from multi to interdisciplinary working and the barriers and challenges to integrated work practices
  • Outline the impact on the quality of assessments in integrated work practices
  • Analyse intervention services from a children’s rights perspective

(Dates subject to change)

Fee: €500 Non-EU: €555

Contact Information

Please select Postgrad CPD in Early Childhood Studies & Practice - CPC5 when making your online application.


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