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Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify a range of issues faced by children, young people and their families impacting on their safety and protectionEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
2explain the cultural and historical contexts of child protection and how these influence contemporary understandings and practiceEthical practiceCultural competence
3explore whether and how children's participation rights intersect with their protection rightsEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
4critically analyse contemporary legislation, policies and practices in relation to child protection.Ethical practiceKnowledge of a discipline

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: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. explain the cultural and historical contexts of child protection and how these influence contemporary understandings and practice
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. explore whether and how children's participation rights intersect with their protection rights
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. critically analyse contemporary legislation, policies and practices in relation to child protection.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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International

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