Child rights has evolved into a distinct academic discipline with theoretical and practical importance, drawing inspiration from several fields of study such as law, public administration, law enforcement, national security, public policy formulation and implementation etc. It has been an evolving academic subject in postgraduate levels in universities throughout the world.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Rights (PgDCPR) is a postgraduate programme targeted at child protection sector, child rights and human rights activists, professionals engaged in protecting and promoting child rights and preventing child abuse in the society. ‘Rights of Children and their protection’ has been a key topic of interest among academics, administrators, policy makers, NGOs, INGOs, donor community and interested members of the civil society over the past years. This Programme is intended to provide and develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes in the area of child protection, rights and policy.


  • To support and facilitate the internalization of ethics, values and fundamentals of the three core disciplines relating to child protection – child development, social work and law. In this regard the embodiment of fundamentals will be preferred to the memorization of contents.
  • To provide candidates with the relevant contextual and systemic knowledge and frameworks for child protection.
  • To equip candidates with the experiential and technical knowledge to think about and make sense of child development and those factors that undermine normal development.
  • To provide clear tools, principles and methodologies for contributing to the processes of social protection and prevention.
  • To provide a clear focus on the child in contact with the law to work effectively with different services and achieve better and positive outcomes.
  • To develop a reflective practitioner of child protection who is able to work effectively at the social and legal levels of child protection and support the development of a system with a right based approach.

Academics, Government officers and law enforcing officers who deal with issues pertaining to children, personnel who engage in work in the child protection sector, child rights and human rights activists, journalists, teachers and other interested persons and  professionals engaged in protecting and promoting child rights and preventing child abuse in the society and the interested members of civil society.

This course is designed based on the credit value system of Sri Lanka Qualification Framework Level 8 (SLQF 8) and it allows a candidate to earn 30 credits within the period of one year (01) by successfully completing eight (8) course modules which includes seven (7) course modules and an Independent Study.

Semester I

PgDCPR 8101 – Child Protection and Rights: Theoretical Framework

PgDCPR 8102 – Child Development: Conceptual Understanding

PgDCPR 8103 – Prevention of Challenging Behaviour: Social and Legal Framework

PgDCPR 8104 – Legal Protection and Alternative Care of the Child

Semester II

PgDCPR 8201 – Legal Proceedings and the Child

PgDCPR 8202 – Professional Ethics and Research Methodology

PgDCPR 8203 – Field Work Placement and Report

PgDCPR 8204 – Independent Study (6000 words)

a ) A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University/Institution in Child Protection and Rights


b) Any other Bachelor’s degree, with one year prior learning/work experience in Child Protection and Rights


c) Professional qualification in Child Protection and Rights from a recognized professional body acceptable to the Faculty  Board of the Faculty of Law and the Senate of the University of Colombo with one year prior learning/ work experience  in Child Protection and Rights


d) Completion of NVQ level 7 (equivalent to Bachelor’s degree in SLQF)  with one year relevant work experience in Child Protection and Rights as determined by the  Faculty  Board of the faculty of Law and the Senate of the University of Colombo


e) A Diploma of one year’s duration from a recognized University /Institution or an equivalent qualification recognized by the University of Colombo with a minimum of three years’ work experience in a field of or relevant to child protection and/or child rights gained after obtaining the Diploma or the equivalent qualification;


f) Minimum of eight years of sustained work experience in a field of or relevant to child protection and/or child rights obtained in a recognized institution or work place with strong recommendation given by the Head of the institution where the candidate works on the capacity of the candidate to undertake the programme [Application of candidates applying under this eligibility requirement will be considered on a case by case basis by the Academic Committee and may be accepted subject to the approval of the Faculty Board and the Senate.];


A good knowledge of English/Sinhala/Tamil as the case may be and satisfactory performance at a selection test and/or selection interview.

The medium of instruction and examination shall be Sinhala, Tamil or English.

Application fee Rs.2, 000/-
Course Fee
Registration fee Rs.5,000/-
Course fee Rs.88,000/-
Examination fee Rs.12,000/-
Total      Rs.105,000/-

The Completed Application form and scanned copy of the certificates should be submitted along with the paying voucher of the non-refundable application fee to the following email address:

Payment of the application fee can be done through the following options.

Option 1

Pay to any branch of the People’s Bank, in favour of ‘University of Colombo – Main Collection Account’ to the Account number stated in the application form of each programme.

Please note that you cannot make direct transfers through online banking to the account number given and can only make the transaction through the web portal mentioned in option 2.

Option 2

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