Course Overview

This Diploma was developed in response to the continuing education needs of professionals in social and community settings in Ireland. In the context of professionalization of social care work, this course reflects the area of social care in Ireland from two perspectives.



Course Modules

Week 1 – Understanding Social Care and introduction to the Course

Week 2 – Social care – practice, professionalism, and post professionalism

Week 3 – Psychological theories of child development

Week 4 – Equality: A challenge to social care

Week 5 – Gender, sexuality and social care

Week 6 – Evidence-based practice in social care

Week 7 – Managing challenging behaviour

Week 8 – Residential childcare

Week 9 – Social care and the older person and people with disabilities

Week 10 – Working with young people – disclosure, policy, and practice


Check out the full course outline here.

Course Award

City Colleges Diploma in Social Care Studies


Students must attend at least 80% of classes to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided.

If completing the course online, students’ attendance and participation in the live or recorded classes are tracked through Moodle.

The Diploma is assessed by way of written assignment (100%).


Anita Brady

Anita Brady BSoc.Sc., MScoc.Sc. is a graduate of Maynooth University and a Bachelor of Sociology and Social Policy and holds a Master’s Degree in Rights and Social Policy. Upon completion of Anita’s undergraduate Degree, she was awarded first-class honours in respect of her Dissertation which examined the experiences of whistleblowers in Ireland.

Anita has presented lectures on the experiences of whistleblowers from a sociological and policy perspective and was a tutor in Maynooth University where she tutored the module entitled: Political economy within the European Union.

Anita’s Master’s Degree explored from a social policy perspective, tribunals and inquiries in Ireland, with a particular emphasis on corruption, malpractice, wrongdoing and whistleblowing scandals in an Garda Síochána. Anita currently works in the area of social care; specifically, working with children who have experienced major trauma and in the care of the State. Anita currently lectures the Diploma in Social Studies in City Colleges Dublin.


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January 2023
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