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 focus on developing an understanding of the complexity of risk that is present in many instances and ways to address such risk that takes into account professional skills and the interplay of personal, structural, policy and legal frameworks.


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

  1. Discuss some of the complexities and challenges of working with clients who present with problems encompassing a number of domains of service delivery;
  2. Critically analyze the interplay of personal and structural characteristics of selected special needs groups including, but not limited to, indigenous children and young people and children and young people with dual diagnoses;
  3. Understand the key features of inter-agency collaboration including its strengths and limitations;
  4. Critically review standards of care provided to children and young people including analysis of issues involved in abuse in care; and
  5. Develop appropriate case plans and care plans to meet criteria concerned with amelioration of risk, client wishes and interests, available resources and policy and legal considerations and constraints.


Analysis of a case study (2,000 words) (45%)
Literature review (2,500 words) (55%)

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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Chief examiner(s)

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