WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities (8)


This subject begins by examining the history of child and adolescent welfare in Aboriginal communities, and examines the influence of history on present policies related to Aboriginal children and youth. It further considers culturally appropriate responses to child protection and substitute care including issues such as self-determination for Aboriginal communities, land rights and empowerment.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: WEL407
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:
Have developed an understanding of the historical impact of the oppression displacement and marginalization of Aboriginal people in Australia;
Be able to relate this understanding to the policies of Aboriginal child welfare in Australia from an historical perspective;
Be able to outline issues of child protection in current Aboriginal communities;
Comprehend Aboriginal responses, and the bases thereof, to current policy and practice in child and adolescent welfare.


The subject will cover the following topics:
The Impact of Aboriginal/European contact. Explicit and implicit policies of extermination, protection and segregation, and assimilation. Tokenism versus self-determintion. Child /Carer relationships in Aboriginal societies. Social upheavals and child protection in Aboriginal communities. Land rights, education and empowerment.


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.