Objective of the Child Welfare and Social Security study program is to prepare qualified social work professionals in the fields of child welfare and social security, with necessary knowledge, general and professional skills for the professional activities, who are able to provide social assistance to children and their families to achieve their optimal functioning in the changing society; able to perform practice-oriented empirical research; constantly evolving, involved in the development of child welfare policy, with underlying Christian morality in their activities.
Over the 3 years of full-time studies or 4 years of extended studies, child welfare and social security specialists are prepared, capable to assess the child’s and his/her family’s need for social assistance; to administer social assistance provided to children and their families, to apply different methods of social work in accordance with national and international laws and regulations and professional ethics. We prepare specialists, who are able to develop and implement prevention programs and projects in social services organizations operating in the field of child welfare and social security; able to communicate effectively in the professional environment.
Child welfare and social security program graduates are qualified professionals, ready to provide systematic and comprehensive assistance to children and families in various establishments and organizations providing social services, in order to ensure the child’s well-being and security. Students of the Child Welfare and Social Security study program are prepared to work in the areas of social security, education, health, law enforcement, etc., where there are social worker positions, in the public, non-governmental and private sectors.
Upon completion of this program students are awarded the professional bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences.
|State code: 653L50010||Granted qualification degree / professional qualification Professional Bachelor in Social Sciences|
|Study area: Social sciences||The program is registered: 2013|
|Study field: Social Work|
|Duration of studies: NL – 3 years, I – 4 years|
|Extent of the program in credits: 180|
INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES
Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Latvia, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, South Africa.
Students also have the opportunity to practice in various global Kolping network organizations.
Child Welfare and Social Security study program is completed with assessment of the graduate’s competence during the defence of the final thesis. Final thesis is defended after completion of all the subjects in the study program and passing all their exams and completion of all professional practices.
DESCRIPTION OF PRACTICE
Child welfare and social security study program includes three educational practices and final practice. Objective of the practices is to apply the theoretical knowledge and practical skills in practice based on ethical principles of social work. The final practice lasts 3.5 months, so students have an excellent opportunity to test themselves in the field of child welfare. This practice is especially appreciated by our social partners. Students learn to use various methods of social work, to establish and develop security-based relationship with the child and his/her environment, foresee feasibility of provision of social and comprehensive services for the child and his/her family. At the end of practice, students prepare and present practice report.
WHERE CAN STUDENTS DO THEIR PRACTICE?
Child Care Home, Child Day Centre, Family Support Centre, Crisis Centre, Juvenile Interrogation Isolator – Correctional Facility of Kaunas, Kaunas Archdiocese Family Centre, Generation House, Children’s Rights Division, Centre of Social Services, Local authorities, etc.
FURTHER STUDY AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Graduates can continue their studies in the second cycle of studies, according to the procedures of the higher education institution.
Upon completion, graduates will be able to work as social workers at the county and municipal social assistance departments, social rehabilitation centres, child development centres, family support centres, social-psychological support services, family help services, crisis centres, temporary accommodation homes for minor mothers with babies, orphanages, social service centres, personal health care institutions, child and adolescent day-care centres, non-governmental organizations operating in various projects and providing social services to children and families.