THL255 Children and Family in Theological Perspective (8)

This subject looks at two important and surprisingly neglected themes in theology, namely, children and human family and relationships, from a theological perspective. In light of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse, it examines the place of children, child development, child abuse and its impact, and the response of denominations to the Royal Commission findings. It also considers the resources that Scripture, Trinitarian theology and ecclesiology offer.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
United Theological College
Term 1 (75)
On Campus
Ming Hua Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL255. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the theology of children and family across the spectrum of Christian thought and practice;
  • be able to articulate key features of childhood and family in contemporary multicultural society and to develop relevant pastoral and ministerial strategies;
  • be able to articulate the effects of child abuse on individuals, families and institutions;
  • be able to analyse and reflect on the causes and effects of institutional abuse and to apply these findings to church and community institutions; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including sound research, writing and communication skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Children and childhood: social, cross-cultural, agency, etc.
  • Child development
  • Children and family in Scripture
  • Children as a neglected theme in theology and church life
  • The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  • The impact of child abuse and neglect
  • Strategies for healing the impact of child abuse and neglect
  • The response of the churches and church institutions to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: apologies, redress, ministry implications, pastoral strategies
  • A contemporary theology of children: Trinitarian, biblical, contextual resources
  • The church as "family"

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.