Mason Hayes & Curran / Trinity College: CPD Course in Legal Training for Child Protection and Welfare Practitioners

Mason Hayes & Curran collaborate with Trinity College to deliver an online CPD Course in Legal Training for Child Protection and Welfare Practitioners

Mason Hayes & Curran in collaboration with the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin are pleased to announce the next session of the online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course in Legal Training for Child Protection and Welfare Practitioners.

This four week online course, commencing in March 2019, will explore the current legal framework for Child Protection practice, Parental and Children’s Legal Rights, and recent updates to Child Protection Legislation, with particular focus on the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015, and the Children First Act 2015. This course is relevant to Allied Health Professionals within the scope of Child Protection and Welfare including Social Workers, Social Care Workers, Family Support Workers, Public Health Nurses and Gardaí.

Sonya Bruen, Course Director has practiced for over 15 years as a Social Worker and Solicitor in Public Law Proceedings. As a result of this experience, Sonya is in a position to provide tailored and specialised training to address the key legal issues facing Child Protection Practitioners at present.

Following the recent amendment to the Irish Constitution (Article 42A) and the introduction of a range of new Child Protection Legislation, practitioners have identified the need for further training on to carry out their roles and responsibilities within the current legal framework.

In response to this, Mason Hayes & Curran and Trinity College Dublin have developed this course to provide a practical guide for practitioners, which they can utilise in the following areas; Child Protection Assessments, Case Conferences, Report writing and Preparation of evidence for court.

Participants of the course will be able to access relevant and up to date online learning materials at their convenience over a four week period from 25th March, 2019. The online course includes videos, interactive presentations, case examples, case law, and discussion. Students will also have the opportunity to speak with lecturer in an online tutorial at the end of the course.

Head of School Professor Stephanie Holt welcomed ‘the innovative partnership between the School of Social Work and Social Policy and Mason Hayes & Curran, and we look forward to developing additional CPD programmes to meet the practice needs of social work and allied professions.’

This online course can be considered towards CPD for professionals associated with CORU. Certificates for completion of the course will be issued in June 2019 for CPD Portfolios. Participation in the module does not include access to Trinity Library. Closing date for course registration is the 17th March 2019.

Applications are now open for this online course, with details available here:

For more information on online education, including postgraduate courses, at Trinity College Dublin click here

The School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College was established in 1934 and consists of a community of scholars from related social science disciplines bound together by a common intellectual and applied interest in the nature, functioning and delivery of welfare services, broadly defined. We provide a range of vibrant, exciting, demanding and relevant undergraduate and post-graduate courses for a range of students, ranging from school leavers to advanced professionals.

In 2014, the School introduced the first fully online postgraduate programme in the University, the Diploma in Applied Social Studies.

Mason Hayes & Curran is a leading law firm with offices in Dublin, London and New York with a tradition of delivering consistently excellent advice and providing a broad range of legal services to multi-national, institutional and government clients. It is one of a number of firms acting for TUSLA Child and Family Agency and formerly HSE. (



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