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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Provides students with a critical understanding of policy and practice in child protection. Issues of child abuse and neglect, including domestic violence, are analysed in relation to government and other institutional initiatives in Australia. Emphasises practice issues with children and families living in unique circumstances. The role of the practitioner operating with critical analysis and critical self-reflection is framed against legal, policy, and evidence-informed practice considerations.

Unit content

Topic 1: Protection and critical thinking
Topic 2: Historical and legislative context
Topic 3: Impacts of child maltreatment
Topic 4: Theoretical frameworks informing practice
Topic 5: Types of programs in child and family welfare
Topic 6: Risk, harm, resilience and being informed by evidence
Topic 7: Service delivery (assessment)
Topic 8: Managing child protection work: Values and critical self-reflection
Topic 9: Managing child protection work: Ethical issues, self-care and organisational issues
Topic 10: Service delivery (intervention)
Topic 11: Children living in unique family circumstances (Part A)
Topic 12: Children living in unique family circumstances (Part B) and wrapping up Issues of Protection

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of the history and theory underpinning policy and practice in the areas of child maltreatment
2 discuss the impacts and incidence of, and contributing factors to, child maltreatment
3 analyse key government initiatives addressing issues of protection within Australia
4 identify key legal components of policy and practice, including rights
5 identify how issues of power, ethics and values relate to the delivery of services within the context of protection
6 discuss the role of the reflective practitioner within the context of protection
7 critically analyse how issues of child maltreatment have or have not been addressed within policy and practice for families living in unique circumstances.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the history and theory underpinning policy and practice in the areas of child maltreatment
    • GA4:
  2. discuss the impacts and incidence of, and contributing factors to, child maltreatment
    • GA4:
  3. analyse key government initiatives addressing issues of protection within Australia
    • GA4:
  4. identify key legal components of policy and practice, including rights
    • GA4:
  5. identify how issues of power, ethics and values relate to the delivery of services within the context of protection
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  6. discuss the role of the reflective practitioner within the context of protection
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
  7. critically analyse how issues of child maltreatment have or have not been addressed within policy and practice for families living in unique circumstances.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • There is a previous edition of this textbook (from 2010) that is not appropriate for the Unit as there are new chapters in the new version. Please use the 2013 version (2nd edition): Arney, F., & Scott, D., 2013, Working with Vulnerable Families: A Partnership Approach, (2nd ed.), Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.