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|Unit chair:||L Laskey|
|Note: Some weekend workshops may be offered. This unit is available for offer to non-Education students|
This unit prepares teachers (and allied professionals) for their statutory obligations in identifying, responding to and notifying suspected child abuse. The unit seeks to develop teachers' competence in the area of school-based child protection in particular. Knowledge and skills in recognising all forms of child abuse and understanding the contexts in which it occurs will be developed throughout the unit. The operation of child protection services will be examined and the potential for teachers' effective collaboration explored. Teachers will be encouraged to apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of ways, for example, designing professional development offerings in child protection, incorporating personal safety education in the curriculum, forging community links and evaluating school policy and procedures and notification skills.
Topics to be addressed in this unit include:
Mandatory reporting/notification of child abuse, types of child abuse, responding to disclosures of abuse, prevention education, child protection resources, community resources and policy.
Report 40% - Applying the legislation and literature to the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse, together with an explanation of the expanded contribution of schools and teachers. (3000 words).
Application 50% - Designing a program/policy to respond to contextual needs in schools (or other settings) based on an evaluation of current practice. (3000 words) For example, the design of either a personal safety curriculum component, a staff professional development program or an evaluation of child protection policy.
DSO Participation 10% - Contributions, based on unit readings and activities as a team member/individual to online discussions via DSO.
Briggs, F. and Hawkins, R. 1997, Child Protection: A Guide for Teachers and Child Care Professionals, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.
Unit Fee Information
|Student Contribution Rate*||Student Contribution Rate**||Student Contribution Rate***||Fee rate - Domestic Students||Fee rate - International students|
* Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2010
** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2009
*** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2008
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.