Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

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
Organisational UnitDepartment of Social Work
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able 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.


Online participation - commentary/discussion (10%)
An annotated bibliography of an issue related to childhood or children in society (3,000 words) (40%)
Detailed plan/selected reference list for an essay on a topic that the student derives from the annotated bibliography (1,000 words) (10%)
Major essay based on assessed topic and detailed plan (4,000 words) (40%)

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