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ECI360 - Critical Issues in Safety and Child Protection

Unit details


2016 unit information

Offering information:

This unit will also be offered in Trimester 1 from 2017.

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 3 Off Shore

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



Students must be enrolled in course E331

Incompatible with: ECE360
Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.

Students are also required to attend 4 hours per day for 5 days.


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 in Australia and internationally. 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;
  • 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 child abuse prevention; and
  • Policy, protocols and personal safety teaching.


Task 1: Response to scenarios, 40%, 1600 words

Task 2: Case study of child maltreatment, 50%, 2000 words

Task 3: Online participation, 10%, 400 words

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your units are priced based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.

You can calculate the cost of each unit by using the following calculation:

Course fee x unit EFTSL value = unit price

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