MECPATHS partners with numerous Tourism Training Colleges throughout Ireland. These partnerships demonstrate a growing recognition of the importance Anti-Child Trafficking training across the hospitality industry. They also illustrate a decisive commitment to the future leaders of this industry in making sure they are well equipped to help safeguard children as best they can. MECPATHS’ work with these colleges ensures adherence to international best practice when it comes to the hospitality industry’s global efforts to counter Child Trafficking.
Identifying the unique educational opportunity to support the learning of students in Tourism Training Colleges, MECPATHS developed a bespoke suite of learning materials in alignment with the existing curriculum. We work with students at Munster Technological University (Formally Cork Institute of Technology and Tralee Institute of Technology), Shannon College of Hotel Management, Technological University Dublin (formerly Dublin Institute of Technology), and Griffith College.
Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Students
Students from across all disciplines can benefit from learning about the issue of Human Trafficking, including Child Trafficking, and knowing what indicators to look out for and how to report any suspicions. The following disciplines may be especially interested:
- Social sciences
- Development Studies
MECPATHS, in partnership with Maynooth University, teach an accredited module on Human Trafficking for students undertaking a Masters in Social Science (Rights & Policy) through The Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University. This module explores definitions of Trafficking, push-pull factors associated with the crime, National and International Law structures, Money Laundering, Organised Crime, Victim Identification and explores Ireland’s own responses to a crime which affects 40.3 million people per year and generates $151 billion per annum.
University College Cork
MECPATHS have engaged positively with The School of Applied Social Studies since 2019, initially joining The Bachelor of Social Work Degree students for a discussion on experiential learning and curriculum gaps in Social Work Education in Ireland. Our relationship with the school extended to include Masters in Social Work students, social work practitioners and the presentation of a paper on Social Work Education at The UCC-hosted National Child Protection and Social Work Conference 2019. We continue to recognise the growing importance of working in such close collaboration with one of the longest-running Social Work training programmes in Ireland.