SWSP5620 Advanced Child Protection Practice

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit explores issues and approaches associated with working with reluctant, resistant and/or involuntary clients, and in so doing it seeks to represent the voice and perspective of clients. Attention is paid to a key aspect of the child protection worker's role—the assessment process. The complex nature of assessment, as stage, process and relationship is explored. Students are asked to consider the interface between assessment and intervention and assessment as intervention. Students are also asked to evaluate their own assessment competencies and areas for development. Self care is constructed as mental health wellbeing, the organisational, professional and individual barriers and opportunities for sustaining mental health wellbeing are considered.
Outcomes
Students have (1) an understanding of the role and mandate, and of the moral, legal and organisational frameworks that shape child protection responses across organisations; (2) an understanding of the theory and practice of assessment, its role in child protection, and their own capacity for development in assessment; (3) an increased range of assessment tools through a peer-learning process; (4) an understanding of the nature of resistance and strategies for working through and across resistance; (5) an understanding of the complex conceptual and experiential interrelationship between mental health, substance use and parenting—and child protection; (6) an ability to identify organisational, professional and individual barriers and opportunities for mental health wellbeing and professional identity in child protection practice; and (7) an understanding of team work—within and across agencies and the meaning of client as team member—and an assessment of their own capacity for and areas for development in teamwork.
Assessment
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mark Sachmann
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
SWSP5619 Theory and Practice: Child Protection
Contact hours
30 hours
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