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Unit Overview


This unit examines the cultural and organisational context within which child protection takes place. It considers the forces impacting on professional identity, program design and service delivery. This includes exploring the personal, professional and organisational values which underpin societal framing of childhood and the protection and care of children. Multiple stakeholder perspectives are examined and the importance of co-design of services, including the lived experience of children, young people, carers and birth parents is highlighted. In addition the importance of management, leadership and supervision structures which support worker decision making and professional development is examined. The place of child protection within a community context is at the heart of this exploration, ensuring that the work acknowledges the critical place of family and community members in the processes.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the interface between the personal, professional and organisational dimensions of child protection practice; (2) understand and apply the notion of reflexivity to their practice; (3) demonstrate an applied understanding of management and leadership roles in child protection practice; (4) demonstrate an understanding of supervision as a strategy in achieving 'best practice' in child protection; and (5) articulate their personal/professional vision as child protection practitioners and identify strategies for continued learning.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) self assessment schedule and (2) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Stephan Lund
Contact hours
30 hours
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