Bachelor in Child Protection and Child Welfare.

Bachelor's degree in Bodø

Bachelor’s programme in child protection and child welfare educates qualified professionals who can identify needs and provide the right help at the right time to children, young people and families in vulnerable life situations. Through the programme, students obtain special expertise to carry out functions within child welfare services and in other arenas where children and young people in a vulnerable life situation are located. The core competence in the education is related to child welfare research and practice-based knowledge, as well as knowledge from children, young people and their guardians.

Child protection and child welfare work is based on children and young people's life situation and rights and recognises the need of children and young people for security, care, understanding and love.

After graduation, students will be able to prevent and uncover neglect and contribute to the provision of adequate services. After graduation, the candidate shall be ethically conscious, reflected and cooperative. Based on the social mandate of child welfare, students will be able to meet children, young people and families in a vulnerable life situation with understanding, empathy and recognition. The education is also intended to ensure competence and attitudes that form the basis for equal services for all groups in society, including the status of Sami as an indigenous population and their rights to linguistic and culturally adapted services. Integration of theory and practice, academic progression, thorough professional direction and a solid foundation in research are emphasised in the programme which is organised so that students receive training in critical and ethical reflection as well as practical skills.

Completed education qualifies for the title of Bachelor in child protection and child welfare.

The bachelor programme in Child Protection and Child Welfare is mainly in norwegian.

Programme description

Bachelor’s programme in child protection and child welfare educates qualified professionals who can identify needs and provide the right help at the right time to children, young people and families in vulnerable life situations. Through the programme, students obtain special expertise to carry out functions within child welfare services and in other arenas where children and young people in a vulnerable life situation are located. The core competence in the education is related to child welfare research and practice-based knowledge, as well as knowledge from children, young people and their guardians.

Child protection and child welfare work is based on children and young people's life situation and rights and recognises the need of children and young people for security, care, understanding and love.

After graduation, students will be able to prevent and uncover neglect and contribute to the provision of adequate services. After graduation, the candidate shall be ethically conscious, reflected and cooperative. Based on the social mandate of child welfare, students will be able to meet children, young people and families in a vulnerable life situation with understanding, empathy and recognition. The education is also intended to ensure competence and attitudes that form the basis for equal services for all groups in society, including the status of Sami as an indigenous population and their rights to linguistic and culturally adapted services. Integration of theory and practice, academic progression, thorough professional direction and a solid foundation in research are emphasised in the programme which is organised so that students receive training in critical and ethical reflection as well as practical skills.

Completed education qualifies for the title of Bachelor in child protection and child welfare.

The bachelor programme in Child Protection and Child Welfare is mainly in norwegian.

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Admission requirements

Admission to the programme requires Higher Education Entrance Qualifications.

Applicants who do not have Higher Education Entrance Qualifications and are 25 years of age or older may apply for admission on the basis of prior learning and work experience.

A certificate of good conduct is required pursuant to Section 39, first subsection of the Act relating to access to information held in police registers (child welfare certificate).

Job opportunities

Child welfare educators work in the municipal and state child welfare services and institutions within child and adolescent psychiatry. They can also work preventively within institutions such as outreach work, in the Norwegian Correctional Services, substance abuse services and in housing for the disabled. Also, the demand for child welfare educators is increasing in primary and secondary schools.

Further education

The programme provides a basis for applying for a master's degree in child welfare, a master's degree in social work and other master's programmes in social sciences. A number of universities and university colleges also offer relevant further education.

Study abroad

The fifth semester of the programme is defined as an opportunity for student mobility. Students can exchange to universities abroad, and replace courses for the whole semester.

Students can apply to complete the period of practical training abroad. Students who want to take their practical training abroad in one of the institutions the university has an agreement with can apply for this by 20 June. Applicants must submit a personal application, letter of recommendation and complete a personal interview. Applicants are ranked according to a total assessment of grade results from the first academic year, application, letter of recommendation and interview.

Application deadline and admission

Application deadline No international admission
ECTS Credits 180
Study level Bachelor
Scope Full time
Teaching language Norwegian
Police certificate of conduct Yes
Campus Bodø

Application deadline and admission

Application deadline No international admission

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