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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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

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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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