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Unit Overview


This unit explores issues and approaches associated with working with particularly vulnerable and traumatised children, families and communities, and in so doing it seeks to represent the voice and perspective of service users. Attention is paid to a key aspect of the professional's role—the assessment process. The complex nature of assessment, as stage, process and relationship is explored. In addition, this unit explores the complex relationships at all levels of the child protection system, both with internal and external stakeholders. Students are 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.

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

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the role and mandate, and of the moral, legal and organisational frameworks that shape child protection responses across organisations; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of assessment, its role in child protection, and their own capacity for development in assessment; (3) show an increased range of assessment tools through a peer-learning process; (4) demonstrate an understanding of the nature of resistance and strategies for working through and across resistance; (5) demonstrate an understanding of the complex conceptual and experiential interrelationship between mental health, substance use and parenting—and child protection; (6) identify organisational, professional and individual barriers and opportunities for mental health wellbeing and professional identity in child protection practice; and (7) demonstrate 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..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group presentation 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
Unit rules
SWSP5619 Theory and Practice: Child Protection
Contact hours
30 hours
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