swp5tpc theory




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will be provided with foundational knowledge in contemporary theory and research to inform approaches to child and family practice. This subject draws upon selected theories within an ecological model, placing the child within the context of the family, the network and community and utilising a strengths-based and anti-oppressive model of practice which incorporates children's rights. With a focus on child development, stability and wellbeing, this subject is framed within the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 with guidance provided by the Best Interests Case Practice Model, 2008. Core theories include ecological, attachment, physiology of trauma and offender theories.

SchoolSchool Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMargarita Frederico

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA course pack of prescribed contemporary Australian and international readings will be available to studentsPrescribedSchool of Social Work & Social Policy 2009LTU, MELBOURNE.
ReadingsReadings will be made available electronicallyRecommendedN/AN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Articualte current Australain and International policy /dewvelopments and recognise potential implcations for practice with vulnerable children and families

Understand the drive to a public health model and issues for child protection , analysis the UNCRC and applyprinciples of child centered practice to child and family practice

02. Interpret theoriectial propostions and the role of theoryin informing oractice and articulate the theorectical basis for your own work within current legislation and service system arrangements

Define how multiple deminensions of person-in -environment interact; apply ecologocal theories to practice,demonstrate understanding of the social context of human behaviour;compentently prepare a genogram and ecomap and effectove use of these as practice tools

03. Critically reflect on knowledge of neurophysiology of the brain in understanding trauma and its relevance to practice within the context of child and family practice

Explore the relationship between trauma and neurophyiscology of the brain ;analyse critical stages of child development and their impact on outcomes for the child;underastand the social nature of neurodevelopment and attatchment relationship practice with children and families and the impalcations of cultural trauma for Aboriginal children

04. investigate and analyse offender theories and their value in conceptualsing child sexual abuse and violence against wormen and childen

Explore the theories of gender violence and the role of power and control in domeination of women and children, the relationship bwtween crimminal jsutice and public health models

05. Demonstrate understanding of strenghts based practice with vulnerable children and families

Analysis and exploration of the strenghts based practice in relation to vulnerable children

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Other Site, 2019, Semester 1, Off Campus


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMargarita Frederico

Class requirements

Block Mode
One 5.0 days block mode per study period and delivered via face-to-face.
"Teaching to be delivered over two 2-day blocks and one 1-day block (5 days total)."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 1,500-word essay (part A)4001, 02, 03
one 3,000-word essay (part B)6001, 02, 03, 04, 05