SWSP5619 Theory and Practice: Child Protection

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides a critical overview of key theoretical perspectives informing contemporary practice models in child abuse and child protection, and a critical assessment of the Australian context of social, political and cultural contexts of practice. Students apply and evaluate theoretical knowledge and skills for practice with parents and children with particular regard to role, purpose, assessment, decision thinking and decision making.
Students are able to (1) understand 'different ways of knowing' and the complex relationship between theories, values and broader belief systems in relation to child protection and social work; (2) understand the socio-political construction of child abuse and child protection; (3) demonstrate knowledge of the dynamic social and political context in which child protection concerns are identified and 'solutions' prioritised; (4) understand and critically analyse a range of theoretical frameworks that inform child protection practice; (5) articulate and justify the theoretical frameworks that inform a student's own practice; and (6) present a written account of practice cases which demonstrate the use of justifiable theoretical frameworks and research evidence in assessment, planning and proposed interventions in practice.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) evidence review and (2) case study assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mark Sachmann
Contact hours
30 hours
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