Certificate in Safeguarding of Children and Young People

Certificate in Safeguarding of Children and Young People

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Course title Certificate in Safeguarding of Children and Young People
Course code UCSCUPTE
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 5
Duration 1 Year
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 30
Coordinator Paul Galea
Natalie A. Kenely
Delivered by Faculty of Theology
The Certificate in Safeguarding of Children and Young People was created in view of the reality of the abuse of minors. This problem is to be investigated and tackled on different levels of society.

The aim of this one-year course is to introduce participants to the standards and main areas of concern regarding safeguarding of children and young people. It will equip candidates with the basic knowledge and skills to promote the welfare of children and young people, recognise and respond effectively the signs and indicators of abuse, and understand the depth of traumas caused by abuse. The course will also present participants with the key principles of self-care and the fundamental ethical and legal obligations for those working with children and young people.

The Certificate in Safeguarding of Children and Young People consists of six compulsory study-units and a practicum that will follow a combination of learning experiences through observation, fact finding and reflection.

Course Objectives

The programme fits within the scope of the cooperating Departments and Faculties in:
1. Reading and responding to the signs of the times;
2. Reaching out to the needs of the community through a multi-disciplinary approach in line with the vision of the University of Malta;
3. Promoting best practices at work; and
4. Equipping persons engaged with children and young people with those abilities and skills needed to uphold safeguarding.

This programme is offered as an interfaculty programme of the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty for Social Wellbeing.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants admitted as “Adult Learners” under paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations must be in possession of those qualifications and/or experience that would satisfy the interviewing board through an interview, that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the Course with profit. Such applicants shall be required to submit with their application a letter written in English giving their motivation for joining the Course, together with a copy of their Curriculum Vitae.

The interviewing board shall be appointed by the Boards of the Faculties offering the Course. It shall be composed of at least three persons.

All applicants must pass a proficiency test in English, as approved by the Boards of the Faculties offering the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 900
Fee per semester: Eur 450

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 4,250
By the end of this programme of study, participants will be able to:
1. Conceptualise and grasp key features and dynamics related to sexual abuse;
2. Recall key elements of legislation and norms related to safeguarding;
3. Assess the possible risk factors for sexual abuse;
4. Inspect and implement protective factors in their own environment;
5. Apply the general principles of self-care by way of prevention;
6. Operate in a timely manner when confronted with a case of sexual abuse;
7. Recognise the signs and symptoms that suggest the possibility of abuse; and
8. Detect the red flags that could be indicative of a potential offender.
The Certificate in Safeguarding of Children and Young People is intended for those having a specific responsibility in safeguarding and those working, or wishing to work, with children and young people, including those in voluntary or unpaid positions. It is targeted at individuals involved in the fields of education, pastoral care, social work, voluntary work, care work, healthcare, sports and other recreational activities.
Since safeguarding is becoming an increasingly important issue in our society, the Certificate in Safeguarding of Children and Young People will provide participants with better knowledge and apt skills that will increase their opportunities for employment in sectors such as in the social, pastoral, welfare and/or community fields within the public and private sectors as well as in voluntary settings.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 14 May 2021

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.