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ECI360 - Critical Issues in Safety and Child Protection

Unit details


2015 unit information

Offering information:

Commences 2016

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Off Shore

Trimester 2: 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

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