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ECE360 - Protective Education and Child Well-Being

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool

Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Nicole Downes




Students must be enrolled in course E330

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Burwood: 1 x 3 hour Seminar per week, learning experiences are also via CloudDeakin

Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool: Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin. Students are also required to attend 3 full days of intensive workshops


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, e.g. trauma  and learning;
  • Professional and legal responsibilities for notification and support;
  • Types of child maltreatment, their dynamics, and availability of community resources;
  • Indicators of the various types of child abuse; supportive handling of disclosures of abuse, responding appropriately via child abuse prevention; policy, protocols and personal safety teaching.


Response to scenarios (take home test), 40%, 1600 words

Response to case study scenario, 50%, 2000 words

Online/in class response to 5 weekly readings, 10%, 400 words

Unit Fee Information

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