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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 analyse the impacts and incidence of, and contributing factors to, child maltreatment
2 critically analyse the influence and impact of policy and practice on child maltreatment
3 analyse how issues of power, ethics and values impact and influence the delivery of services within the context of protection
4 demonstrate the use of evidence based child protection practice, including reflective practice

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

  1. analyse the impacts and incidence of, and contributing factors to, child maltreatment
  2. critically analyse the influence and impact of policy and practice on child maltreatment
  3. analyse how issues of power, ethics and values impact and influence the delivery of services within the context of protection
  4. demonstrate the use of evidence based child protection practice, including reflective practice

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.