Full Title:The Voice of the Child and Social Policy
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:SOCS N7001
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to provide the students with knowledge of the principles, problems and practice of Social Policy in Ireland and in particular considering the voice of the child.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Outline the development of social policy in Ireland, relating to the early childhood sector.
  2. Identify and discuss the influences of social policy.
  3. Describe specific areas of social policy provision.
  4. Recognise the importance of the voice of the child.
  5. Discuss issues relating to the development of social policy on early childhood health, education and play in Ireland.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Unit 1. Introduction to Social Policy.
Introduction to social policy. Development of social policy. Influences on social policy. The child in society.
Unit 2. Social Policy Provision.
Direct and indirect social policy provision. Health, Education, Play, children with Special Needs. Ecological Systems Theory.
Unit 3. Voice of the child.
Voluntary and Statutory organisations responsible for recognising the voice of the child. Advocacy. Methodologies employed to 'hear' the voice of the child. National Strategy on Children and Young People's Participation in Decision-Making 2015-2020
Unit 4. Children as consumers of Social Policy.
Social understanding of Childhood; Young children within the early childhood sector, children with special needs; children as citizens
Unit 5. Policy development for Early Childhood.
National and International policy. Contemporary strategies and schemes - The National Policy Framework for Children & Young People 2014-2020: Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures; First 5, A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families, 2019-2028, Early Education & Care: Government schemes to support children's early learning, care & development. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter. 2016. The Work Force Development Plan. The future of social policy.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Students are required to produce a substantive piece of work that meets the learning outcomes for this module 1,2,3,4,5 100.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
Repeat project.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

This course has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical workshop 3.00 Once per semester 0.20
Directed Reading No Description 2.50 Every Week 2.50
Independent Study No Description 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.70
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.20
Recommended Book Resources
  • Department of Children and Youth Affairs 2015, National Strategy on Children and Young People's Participation in Decision-Making, 2015-2020, Government Publications Dublin [ISBN: 9781406428742]
  • Considine, M; Dukelow, F. 2017, Irish Social Policy: a Critical Introduction., 2nd Ed., Policy Press Dublin. [ISBN: 9781447329619]
  • Kilkelly, U 2013, Children's Rights in Ireland: Law, Policy and Practice, 2nd Ed., Bloomsbury Publishing Plc [ISBN: 9871780432267]
  • Wright, H 2015, The Child in Society, SAGE Publications Ltd London [ISBN: 9781446266335]
  • Mhic MhathĂșna, M. Taylor, M. 2012, Early Childhood Education and Care: An Introduction for Students in Ireland, Gill & Macmillan Dublin [ISBN: 9780717153244]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Quinn, S 2005, Contemporary Irish Social Policy, 2nd Ed Ed., University College Dublin Press Dublin.
  • Healy, S., and Reynold, B 2006, Social Policy in Ireland: Principles, Practice and Problems., Liffey Press Dublin.
  • Program Committee for a Workshop on Improving Research on Interactive Media and Children's Health, National Research Council, Alexandra Beatty (Editor), Studying Media Effects on Children and Youth, (electronic source) Ed., National Academies Press Washington D.C. [ISBN: 0309102758]
  • Yeo, A and Lovell, T 2007, Sociology and Social Policy for the Early Years, Hodder Arnold London.
  • Flood, E 2010, Assisting Children with Special Needs, Gill and Macmillan Ltd Dublin. [ISBN: 9780717147588]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NNAEC_7 Bachelor of Arts in Applied Early Childhood Studies 6 Mandatory