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ECE309 - Critical Issues in Safety and Child Protection

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Offering information:

To enrol in this unit, please contact Student Services team


Final year of offer 2016

*Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool offered in intensive mode.

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2 Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)*, Warrnambool*

Credit point(s):.75
EFTSL value:0.094
Cohort rule:(For students enrolled in courses E420 and E421 only)
Unit chair:

Merrin Sulovski





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

The Early Childhood Course at Burwood (City Program) requires the students to attend on a weekly basis i.e. Full-time students attend on a Thursday and Friday throughout the trimester, and Part-time students attend on a Friday throughout the trimester. The students undertaking the Rural Program out of Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool undertake the majority of their studies via Cloud (online) but attend Intensives 3 times a trimester for 2 days (Full-time students) and 1 day (Part-time students).


In this unit, students will be introduced to relevant legislation, policies and practices essential to securing children's safety, with children's rights and professional ethics forming a conceptual framework. Child maltreatment and child protection will provide a major focus together with appropriate responses via policies, ethical practices, statutory requirements and preventive curriculum work. Attendant professional roles and obligations will be considered. Key topics include:

  • children's rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Australian Early Childhood Association's Code of Ethics: professional implications
  • child maltreatment and its impact on child development, eg trauma and learning
  • professional and legal responsibilities for notification and support
  • types of child maltreatment, their dynamics and availability of community resources
  • recognising indicators of child abuse; receiving disclosures of abuse; responding appropriately
  • child abuse prevention; policy, protocols and personal safety teaching


Assessment 1: Response to Ethics, safety and children's rights, 40%; (1750 words)

Assessment 2: Case Studies, 50%; (2000 words)

Assessment 3: Participation, 10% (250 words)

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