Term 2 - Online
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This subject explores the ways in which child welfare systems internationally have developed in response to child care and protection needs. It will consider the controversies surrounding the protection of children, and the developing knowledge base that informs responses to child maltreatment. It will explore the knowledge base underpinning child protection responses, and will explore some of the innovative frameworks, approaches and key ideas that have emerged over time. It explores some of the universal values and beliefs that underpin and drive child protection systems, particularly within Western jurisdictions, and will consider the implications of this for the development of child protection typologies that have broader international relevance.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- understand the ways in which the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child provides an international framework for developing international systems of child protection;
- develop a nuanced awareness of the link between national culture, professional cultures and the nature of child protection service provision;
- understand the nature of regulatory frameworks in child welfare and how they influence child protection practice; and
- identify the contemporary challenges of child protection and the ways in which international jurisdictions have sought to provide supportive services for vulnerable children and families.
Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:
- high level written communication skills;
- advance information and interpretation skills;
- advance analytic, integration and problem-solving skills; and
- demonstrate competence in critical and theoretical thinking through essay writing and online discussions.
Last updated: 6 December 2019