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WS3027 - Child and Family Welfare

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

Child and Family Welfare is a subject that is relevant to students intending to enter human services work. It introduces students to the major theoretical perspectives particularly relevant to child protection and highlights the contested nature of the knowledge claims. The subject examines the socio-political, organisational and cultural context for working in the child and family welfare field. It aims to assist students to develop the skills necessary for ethical, reflective and effective practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a thorough knowledge of current key issues in child protection practice;
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the historical, social and cultural contexts of child protection practice;
  • Demonstrate ability to locate contemporary issues in child protection in historical context;
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the legal, ethical and moral dimensions of child protection practice in a range of organisational and cultural contexts;
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of issues pertinent to Indigenous child welfare.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 24 credit points of study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: Must have completed 24 credit points of study


Study Period 11, External
Census Date 13-Dec-2012
Coordinator: Dr Amanda Nickson
Lecturers: Dr Amanda Nickson, <Person not found>.
Method of Delivery: CDROMandWWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: assignments (40%); (60%).

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