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Child and family welfare is a long established major field of practice for professional social workers. This subject, delivered predominantly online, offers flexibility and opportunities for self-directed learning. The subject gives students a foundation for social work practice in the field of services to children at risk of harm, and their families and carers. It uses a framework for understanding and responding to the child in the family, network and community. The subject pays particular attention to the theoretical and practical aspects of understanding and responding to risk and serious harm to children. It considers state-level, national and international approaches to protecting children and working with families. The subject outlines key legislation and practice approaches in the area of family services, child protection and out-of-home care. It covers previous and current efforts to reform the child protection systems. Students will learn about the particular functions and skills required of social workers practicing in this field.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete this subject should:
- demonstrate an understanding of the social work role in the child, youth and family sector;
- be able to critically review social, cultural, organisational and ethical contexts of child, youth and family practice; and
- demonstrate a beginning knowledge for child, youth and family practice.
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- critically analyse texts and practices
- understand recent developments in social work contexts of practice
- link theory to practice
- competently communicate in ways relevant to both academic and practice contexts
- undertake independent research
Last updated: 2 December 2019