Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Bernadette Saunders


This unit explores a number of issues related to social work practice that involves children; particularly children whose well-being may be at risk or who have suffered child abuse or neglect. Attention will be drawn to the relationship between the child, the family, the community and the state, with a particular focus on children's perspectives, children's status, and children's rights.


The specific learning objectives for this unit are for students to:

  1. reflect upon the complex relationships between the child, the family, the community and the State;
  2. develop an understanding of the complexities of child protection practice, and develop an understanding of the links between policy and practice in the fields of child welfare, child protection and child abuse and neglect..


1. An annotated bibliography of an issue related to childhood or children in society - topics will be chosen from areas covered in the unit or in consultation with the unit coordinator. The annotated bibliography will demonstrate knowledge of the local, national and international context (3000 words). (40%)
2. A major assignment (6000 words) (60%).

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Bernadette Saunders