Child-Centred Practice in Family Work

Course code HLSC6514
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


This course provides the knowledge and skills required to enable family and relationship service practitioners to promote the best interests of the child in accordance with the requirements of family law and other family policy and legislative frameworks. The course considers models of child inclusive practice, and equips students to facilitate parent participation in child inclusive counseling and dispute resolution processes. Knowledge and skill required to specialize in the role of child consultant within child inclusive family law mediation or counseling processes are covered.


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  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Assess for appropriateness of a child inclusive approach, taking account of family situations that may indicate/involve child abuse and neglect

2. Create, facilitate and maintain child focused environments

3. Engage and Support parents to maintain child focused approaches in planning and actions.

4. Engage with and gather appropriate developmental history from parents.

5. Engage children and young people in assessment interviews.

6. Formulate children's material into a working knowledge of their needs and experiences in line with developmental stages.

7. Integrate children's needs and views into ongoing counseling or dispute resolution process.

8. Critically apply knowledge of core research findings to family dispute resolution or counseling processes.

9. Communicate needs, rights, and interests of children and young people to significant others.

10. Facilitate communication between children and/or young people and significant adults.

11. Ensure safety of children and young people in participatory processes.

12. Evaluate and monitor child focused practice.

13. Critically reflect on, and apply, practically what has been learnt theoretically within the course.


  • Social, historical, cultural and political context of child centred practice
  • Theoretical perspectives informing responses to child centred practice
  • Organisational and professional procedures, ethics and standards
  • Skills in communication and engagement with parents and children
  • Identification of risks to children and strategies to improve safety
  • Ongoing supervision and professional development required to work with parents and children
  • Cultural context and considerations for current practice

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline and/or equivalent professional experience in the field.

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: A1 - Blackboard Online Discussion

Report: A2 - Position Paper

Quiz: A3 - Quiz

Contact Hours

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Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 96 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online 24 hour(s) per Term

Students are required to undertake at least 120 hours of overall effort.