HCS205 Child Abuse & Child Protection (8)


This subject provides students with a core knowledge base about the definition, identification and consequences of all types of child maltreatment. It also provides information on the legal, organisational and professional responsibilities placed upon professionals to respond to such maltreatment.

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Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS205
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- Be able to demonstrate understanding of the significance of child maltreatment as a social problem in Australia and elsewhere
- Be able to articulate the common operational definitions of physical, emotional/psychological, sexual abuse and neglect of children including the major physical, social and behavioural indicators of these types of maltreatment
- Be able to demonstrate understanding of the significant contextual aspects of child maltreatment including; poverty, social displacement and disadvantage, violence, authority and power
- Be able to articulate the role and responsibilities of different professional groups in the identification of and response to child maltreatment as defined by law and policy
- Be able to demonstrate understanding of the significant effects of a child's experience of maltreatment in terms of their health, education, and wellbeing
- Be able to demonstrate understanding of the complexity of child protection responses and the significance of inter-disciplinary processes in giving effect to those responses


The subject will cover the following topics:
Module 1: Understanding Child Abuse Unit 1: Cruelty, moral danger and discipline: historical perspectives on child abuse Unit 2: Need, Harm & Consequences: contemporary views of the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children and young people Unit 3: Neglect: parental capacity and commitment to care Unit 4: Familial contexts of violence toward children and young people Unit 5: Community contexts of violence toward children and young people Unit 6: Contexts of risk and response: cultural, gender and class influence on the incidence and identification of abuse and violence toward children and young people Module 2: Professional responses to children and young people vulnerable to violence and neglect Unit 7: Community responses for children and families experiencing violence; participation through identifying, reporting and supporting Unit 8: Working with children, young people,families and communities in conflictual and threatening situations Unit 9: Working collaboratively with parents, children and other professionals Unit 10: Statutory child protection work: agencies, systems and practice Unit 11: Working to prevent violence and abuse of children and young people Unit 12: Public perceptions of child protection activity


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.