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Unit Overview


This unit provides a critical overview of the theoretical perspectives and practice-generated evidence informing effective contemporary practice models delivering interventions to families and communities where children are potentially vulnerable. It focuses particularly on specialist and secondary interventions and on the role of family and community in out-of-home care placements. The critical importance of service user inclusion in system design is covered as well as models of family inclusion in Australia and internationally.

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

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of personal, cultural and structural influences on family dynamics and child-rearing practices; (2) demonstrate knowledge of a range of interventions and appropriateness of use; (3) identify and critique a range of 'abuse dynamics' within families, between families and child-protection professionals, and within child-protection systems; (4) demonstrate knowledge of a range of theoretical and ethical frameworks that inform work with children and adolescents; and (5) articulate their own theoretical and ethical frameworks and belief systems and be aware of how these inform their practice as child protection professionals.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) planning review and (2) case analysis. 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
SWSP5620 Advanced Child Protection Practice
Contact hours
30 hours
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.