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EDU3325 Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect for Helping Professionals

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Education
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 30 September 2023


Enrolment is not permitted in EDU3325 if EDU5325 has been previously completed.


In Semester 3, 2023 this course will be delivered as a Transition (9 week) semester, commencing on 13 November 2023 and concluding on 12 January 2024.

All professionals working with children and adolescents need to have comprehensive knowledge and a clear understanding of child maltreatment and child protection issues, theoretical frameworks underpinning practice, and current models of practice in order to be able to: 1. Recognise indicators of various forms of child abuse; 2. Understand and assess risk and vulnerability in the context of child abuse and neglect; 3. Contribute to intervention procedures (intervention approaches, mandatory reporting and cooperation with the intervening team of specialist agencies/authorities); 4. Apply protection measures and prevention programmes (actively promote, participate and/or apply recommended protective and preventative programmes suitable to human services settings). This course aims to assist helping professionals in becoming more confident in their understanding of child maltreatment. In addition, it will provide them with practical skills in dealing with highly sensitive and complex issues of child and youth victimisation.

The overall aim of this course is to introduce helping professionals to the field of child abuse and associated protection and intervention issues. This course approaches child abuse from a range of perspectives, including ecological, psychosocial, criminological and cumulative risk and provides an advanced study of child abuse phenomenon. The course examines various theoretical frameworks informing the current understanding of child abuse and explores the various context in which child abuse occurs - such as family, peer group, institution and a wider social context. Within these ecological environments students study the risks, indicators and consequences of the broadening scope of child abuse, moving beyond the commonly acknowledged types of abuse; emotional, physical, sexual, neglect and exposure to witnessing domestic and family violence, and including new complexities of online and virtual abuse, trafficking, foetal abuse and institutional abuse. Key professional competencies relevant to the protection of children are addressed, including the roles and responsibilities of the agencies engaged in child protection work, and the prevention and intervention mechanisms which can be employed to protect children in the helping professions. The course is delivered in an online environment, utilising online discussions and virtual classrooms (such as zoom) and also offers practical application opportunities, whereby students explore various ways of dealing with this social problem, with the emphasis on applications within the human services context.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Transition Semester 3, 2023 9W Online
Date printed 30 September 2023