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.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga 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

Grading System



One session


School 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.


This 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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of WEL407 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Book review & reflection
Case study

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.