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Unit Overview


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. There is a focus on Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing and how they influence a Euro-centric child protection system. Students apply and evaluate theoretical knowledge and skills for practice with parents, children and communities with particular regard to role, purpose, assessment, decision making. The importance of a relationship-based approach is highlighted along with the exploration of ethical frameworks and how the voices of service users is integrated into practice. This unit tackles uncomfortable and contentious issues and offers an opportunity to consider disruptive elements to change the system and child protection practice.

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

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Stephan Lund
Unit rules
Enrolment in
11280 Graduate Certificate in Child Protection Practice
or Enrolment in
10370 Graduate Diploma in Advanced Social Work
Contact hours
30 hours
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