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Student Placement

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services is committed to promoting awareness of domestic abuse and of the needs of women survivors and their children. As part of this commitment, we offer placements to students in relevant disciplines, including:

  • social care ( final year students)
  • childcare & early childhood education 
  • law enforcement
  • women’s studies 
  • social work
  • community development 
  • communications
  • public relations

All students must apply via email to:

We offer a limited number of placements each year to guarantee a quality experience to each candidate. Priority is given to students:

  • in their third or final year and who have completed at least one other placement
  • requesting a block placement of at least 8 weeks (with the exception of Early Childhood Education students)
  • with a particular interest in the work of ADAPT
  • where the college/training centre has a clear structure to facilitate and support the placement; including an identified placement officer to link with ADAPT
  • LIT - Applied Social Studies students have to apply via the LIT Student Placement Officer ; not directly to ADAPT
  • where the sponsoring body provides appropriate insurance cover for the student to indemnify ADAPT

Placements are not offered to students:

  • under 18 years of age
  • in secondary school
  • pursuing a counselling qualification and seeking to complete counselling hours for the purposes of accreditation
  • seeking experience outside of a structured training/work experience programme

If you feel that your request meets the above criteria, please contact Claire Anderson, Assistant Director.


Decisions are made on the following basis:

  • applicants meeting the criteria
  • the capacity of ADAPT to accommodate the placement within the timeframe requested
  • an interview with the student to review the application and assess whether ADAPT can meet her/his needs for the placement
  • satisfactory references and Garda vetting/ Police Clearance


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