SWSP5621 Child and Family-centred Practice: Child Protection

6 points

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit provides a critical overview of the theoretical perspectives and practice-generated evidence informing effective contemporary practice models delivering interventions to families with vulnerable children. It focuses particularly on specialist and secondary interventions and on the role of family in out-of-home care placements. Students are encouraged to evaluate their own theoretical knowledge and skills for practice with particular regard to the use of family-centred practice.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mark Sachmann
Unit rules
SWSP5619 Theory and Practice: Child Protection; and SWSP5620 Advanced Child Protection Practice
Contact hours
30 hours
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