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Postgraduate Diploma in Child Advocacy (PGDipChAd)


The PGDipChAd has been renamed as Postgraduate Diploma in Child-Centred Practice for 2014.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Child Advocacy (PGDipChAd) requires at least twelve months of full-time or its equivalent in part-time study. The aim of this interdisciplinary postgraduate programme is to develop the knowledge and skills of a range of professionals who work with and who have an interest in studying current policy and practice issues which affect the well-being and rights of children.

Candidates for the programme are required to have a degree or professional qualification (of at least three years full-time or equivalent part-time study), relevant to working with children and families.

The diploma aims to prepare graduates for careers in leading, administering and managing policy and practice relating to children's advocacy and well-being.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Child Advocacy (PGDipChAd) is also available through Distance Learning.

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Child Advocacy (PGDipChAd)

1 Admission to the Programme

(a) Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Board of the Division of Humanities.

(b) Every applicant shall either

    (i) be a graduate or possess an appropriate professional qualification requiring at least three years of full-time tertiary study; or

    (ii) have alternative qualifications or experience related to Childhood Studies which are acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).

2 Structure of the Programme

(a) The programme shall consist of papers to the value of 120 points as follows:

  • CHIX 403 Advocating for Children 1 (30 points)
  • CHIX 404 Advocating for Children 2 (30 points)
  • and two of
  • CHIX 405 Children and the Early Years (30 points)
  • CHIX 406 Children and the Law (30 points)
  • CHIX 480 Research Study * (30 points)

* Admission to CHIX 480 requires approval from the Director of the Centre for Research on Children and Families.

(b) With the approval of the Programme Director, approved papers at an equivalent level may be substituted for 30 points.

3 Transitional Arrangements

Students who have completed CHIC 401 and CHIC 402 are not eligible to enrol for CHIX 403 and CHIX 404. However they may credit towards the diploma, CHIC 401 and CHIC 402 and 30 additional points approved by the Director of the Centre for Research on Children and Families, as a substitute for CHIX 403 and CHIX 404.

4 Duration of the Programme

The duration of the programme shall be equivalent to one academic year of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.

5 Level of Award of the Diploma

The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

6 Variations

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

Note: No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme.