Families, Schools and Community

Course code SWRK4200Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

The primary focus in this course is child abuse and neglect. Using an experiential learning model this course aims to provide students an understanding of family, school and community contexts in children's lives and how the nature of relationships between them impacts the safety and wellbeing of children. Case studies are used to help students learn about and apply knowledge and skills for analysis, assessment, planning and responses to promote child-focused practice that engages families, schools and communities.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. Students will describe and analyse theories, definitions, indicators and impacts of child abuse and neglect, and social policies related to child protection, children and families.
2. Students will describe the nature and complexity of different contexts in children's lives, how they connect, and their impact on child safety and wellbeing.
3. Students will apply different perspectives to assessment, discussions, reporting, planning, and practice approaches in case studies focused on children, systems, and partnerships.
4. Students will use critical reflection to build child-focused practice through exploring and managing the impact of assumptions and values.
5. Students will demonstrate ways of improving their future practice to ensure it is child-focused, safe, and strengths-based.
6. Students will demonstrate interpersonal communication skills in a variety of conversations and settings.
7. Students will identify their personal communication style and its benefits and limitations.
Content1. Child abuse and neglect- definitions, theories, risk and protective factors
2. Critical reflection
3. Children & contexts- social ecological model
4. Legislation & policy
5. Reporting and responding to abuse and neglect
6. Out-of-Home Care
7. Strengths perspective
8. Analysis, assessment and planning
9. Tools and skills
10. Group work
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of all first year courses and foundational knowledge about children and child development.
Completion of at least one field placement or practicum where interaction with children, young people or families was a feature.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Field Study
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten paper worth 40%

Written paper worth 40%

Written paper worth 20%
Other: (please specify)Group task - ungraded
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SWRK4200