Families, Schools and Community

Course code SWRK4200
Not available in 2016


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 well-being 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.


Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2015.

Learning Outcomes

1. 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.


  1. 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

Assumed Knowledge

Completion 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.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written paper

Written Assignment: Group task

Contact Hours