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SCWK5008: Re-Imagining Child and Family Social Work

This unit addresses the range of factors from poverty to positive parenting that contribute to the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children, young people and their families. A range of theories, from psychological to sociological, are critically examined from a social work perspective. This unit examines multiple contested and socially constructed concepts such as 'child abuse and/or neglect,' 'child wellbeing and protection,' 'risk and resilience.' Research regarding the potential impact of child abuse and/or neglect on children's and young people's development is examined through human rights and trauma informed lenses. Promoting ethical, collaborative and socially just practices when working with individuals, families and communities is emphasised in order to develop environments that value children and young people. This UOS also addresses international issues of child protection and well-being including child trafficking, the treatment of refugee children and their families, poverty and war.

Code SCWK5008
Academic unit Social Work
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the range and diversity of wellbeing and development, (particularly from Aboriginal perspectives) in children from national and international perspectives
  • LO2. Demonstrate an ability to critically reflect on their own experiences, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours and how these inform their practice
  • LO3. describe the impact of various forms of oppression on children's wellbeing, development and safety, including those based upon the intersection of gender, culture and class
  • LO4. Identify the values and ideologies underpinning the principles of child wellbeing and protection; from an Aboriginal perspective and the broader political context.
  • LO5. Define child abuse and neglect and understand and appreciate the immediate and long term psychological and social consequence of child abuse and neglect, including the harm caused to children who experience domestic violence.
  • LO6. demonstrate the ability to critically analyse approaches, policies and practices to working with individuals, families and communities to promote child and family wellbeing
  • LO7. Understand and demonstrate the significance of working positively and in partnership with families as well as other agencies and professionals in the child and family sector to ensure safety and security for young children. *
  • LO8. demonstrate comprehension of the benefits and challenges of interagency collaboration to address disadvantage and to promote socially just ways of working with individuals, families and communities.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.