Certificate in Safeguarding of Children and Young People

Certificate in Safeguarding of Children and Young People

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Course information

Course title Certificate in Safeguarding of Children and Young People
Course code UCSCUPTE
Type of qualification/award Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 5
Duration 1 Year
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 30
Coordinator Paul Galea
Delivered by Faculty of Theology
This programme is offered as an interfaculty programme of the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty for Social Wellbeing.

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 you 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 you with the key principles of self-care and the fundamental ethical and legal obligations for when working with children and young people.

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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 .

Applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' are required to sit for an English Proficiency Test to be held in September. Successful applicants will then be required to sit for an interview during the same month. Such applicants shall be exempted from sitting the proficiency test if they are in possession of a pass at SEC level English at Grade 3 or better or equivalent.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2023.

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, you 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; and,
5. Apply the general principles of self-care by way of prevention.

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If you have a specific responsibility in safeguarding and are working, or wish to work, with children and young people, including those in voluntary or unpaid positions, then this programme of study is intended for you. It is also intended if you are 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 you with better knowledge and apt skills that will increase your 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 a sample Programme of Study.

Last Updated: 20 April 2023

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
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.

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