This subject provides students with a frame of reference for the professional role of social workers, welfare workers and police officers engaged in the statutory protection of children and young people. Students will develop an integrated knowledge and skill base relevant to statutory child protection practice and be able to critically reflect upon the impact of the child protection work upon themselves, their professional practice with clients and the wider community.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Only available to B.Social Science (Social Welfare) and B/Social Work students enrolling in their final year and to post graduate students in the following programs; Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare, Master of Arts (Child Protection Investigation), Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice), Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying).
Not for students who have previously completed WEL404 Child Protection 1.
Internet access is essential to the study of this subject.
The syllabus comprises six (6) case studies presented sequentially on a fortnightly basis over the duration of the session.
Each case study will present problems related to six (6)study foci derived from the objectives. These foci are grouped in 2 sub sets described below:
Professional judgement in child protection practice:
- the exercise of authority
- cultural competence with divergent groups
- professional accountability
Resources and operational activities for protecting children:
- frameworks for professional intervention
- engagement with vulnerable people
- sharing responsibility for change
All six foci are considered in each case study and the associated assessment tasks. The case studies are derived from professional practice experience of the subject coordinator and other practitioners and address issues of:
- cultural and spiritual diversity,
- gender and sexuality,
- age and developmental abilities of children and young people
- socio-economic class
- professional roles and organisational contexts
- the range of abusive and harmful actions toward or affecting children and young people.
The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: January 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.