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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Focuses on the cultural, historical and contemporary contexts of child protection and how they underpin the legislative, policy and practice frameworks that aim to promote and protect children and young people. A strengths-based approach to working in this field is adopted, and resilience and risk assessment models critically evaluated. The unit will also enable participants to explore whether and how participation rights inform and help improve protection outcomes.

Unit content

  • Foundations of child protection (definitions, contexts and background to child protection in Australia)
  • Historical and cultural perspectives on child protection
  • Theoretical approaches informing practice
    • Psychological theories; sociological theories; multidimensional theories and other recent developments including strengths-based and participatory approaches
    • The participation/protection nexus
  • Contemporary legislation, policies and practices
  • Legislative frameworks and obligations
    • Policy frameworks and multi-agency and interdisciplinary approaches
    • Notification, mandatory reporting, risk assessment
    • Working with children, young people, families and bureaucracy
    • Prevention strategies

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 identify a range of issues faced by children, young people and their families impacting on their safety and protection
2 explain the cultural and historical contexts of child protection and how these influence contemporary understandings and practice
3 explore whether and how children's participation rights intersect with their protection rights
4 critically analyse contemporary legislation, policies and practices in relation to child protection.

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

  1. identify a range of issues faced by children, young people and their families impacting on their safety and protection
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  2. explain the cultural and historical contexts of child protection and how these influence contemporary understandings and practice
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  3. explore whether and how children's participation rights intersect with their protection rights
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  4. critically analyse contemporary legislation, policies and practices in relation to child protection.
    • GA3:
    • GA4: