Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Social Work
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Kerry Brydon


This unit will examine historical and contemporary trends in the definition and understanding of child abuse. The unit will also consider legal and policy frameworks for protecting children and critical practice issues such as risk assessment and risk management.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss historical and contemporary trends in the definition and understanding of child abuse, including the social construction of these phenomena;
  2. Identify the relative strengths and limitations of legal and policy frameworks for the protection of children;
  3. Discuss key practice concepts in ensuring the safety and well-being of children including, but not limited to, risk and need assessments, case management strategies and inter-agency collaboration; and
  4. Critically analyze cross-cultural perspectives on child abuse with particular and specific reference to the needs of indigenous children and their families.


Assignment (equivalent 2,000 words) (40%)
Assignment (2,500 words) (60%)

Workload requirements

Students will attend up to three hours of direct teaching classes per week and are expected to complete nine hours of independent study each week.

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