Responding to Risk in Family Work

Course code HLSC6515
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


This course develops the advanced knowledge and skill required to identify and respond to the following risks that may be faced by children, young people, families and individuals:

- Domestic and Family Violence in the context of working with families

- Risk of self-harm or suicide

- Children and young people at risk of harm.

The course provides the advanced knowledge and skill to provide effective interventions in accordance with duty of care requirements, ethical practice, and relevant legislation, policies and procedures relating to work with children and young people.


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  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse the impacts of domestic and family violence, work within legal and organisational frameworks to address risk, promote the safety of family members and align service interventions to specific clients;

2. Identify current suicide risk, work to reduce risk and increase safety, and work to strengthen the individual's links to further care;

3. Respond to children and young people at risk of harm by promoting safe and nurturing work practices, reporting risk, and;

4. Expand upon specialised skills required for the workplace, including application of clinical supervision to support professional practice;

5. Be able to reflect on, and describe the application of what has been learnt theoretically within their program;

6. Understand the array of skills required and opportunities available within their chosen career.


  1. Concept of risk and risk factors in family work
  2. Risk assessment
  3. Protective factors & resilience
  4. Assessment and response to suicide
  5. Other serious outcomes such as
  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Self-harm
  1. Risk in a cultural context with a focus on Refugee and Aboriginal Families

Assumed Knowledge

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

Assessment Items

Professional Task: Clinical

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Contact Hours

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Integrated Learning Session

Online 15 hour(s) per Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online 30 hour(s) per Term

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


Online 15 hour(s) per Term