ECP703 - Child Protection

Unit details

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2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Claire Spicer
Cohort rule:






Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials and responses in discussion forums


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This unit prepares teachers (and allied professionals) for their statutory obligations in preventing, identifying, responding to and notifying suspected child abuse. The unit seeks to develop teachers' (and other professionals’) 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 research and analysis 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 against relevant policy/legislative frameworks.

Topics to be addressed in this unit include:

  • Mandatory reporting/notification of child abuse
  • researching and analysing child maltreatment (causes and effects)
  • appropriately responding to disclosures of abuse
  • curriculum in prevention education
  • child protection resources
  • community services and policy (school/departmental/system), and
  • diversity and heightened vulnerability (e.g. children with disability, children in out-of-home care and cultural factors).

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Articulate and respond to their legal/ethical and professional obligations in relation to child maltreatment and demonstrate an awareness of, and ability to contribute to multi-professional relationships

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Apply research skills to identify and analyse the causes of and contexts (including factors which contribute to heightened vulnerability) in which child maltreatment occurs

GLO4: Critical thinking


Create appropriate responses to disclosures of suspected child abuse and justify decisions/courses of action (eg accurate identification of maltreatment and choice of notification/referral pathway) using case study scenarios

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving


Evaluate policy and practice (including curriculum, pedagogy, procedures and resources) either at local (eg school/community), state, national (or international) levels according to the child protection literature

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Design programs of prevention education and /or professional development in child protection according to the literature

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Contribute to an online activity with other class members

GLO3: Digital literacy

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 1:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Report: Research and analysis of the child protection literature to facilitate the appropriate identification, response and reporting of suspected child abuse, together with a justification of the expanded contribution of schools and teachers to community work 3000 words 40% Week 7
Assessment 2 - Application: Designing a program/policy to respond to contextual needs in schools or other settings based on an evaluation of current practice. For example, the design of either a personal safety curriculum component, a staff professional development program or an evaluation of child protection policy 3000 words 50% Week 11
Assessment 3 - CloudDeakin Participation: Contributions, based on unit readings and activities as a team member/individual to online discussions via CloudDeakin - 10%   10% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement


  1. Completion and documentation of 2 days of professional development relating to child protection practice.
  2. Knowledge of relevant child and family support services within the community.

Students who fail a hurdle requirement will be ineligible for a Pass Conceded grade for that unit and will receive a result of no more than 44% for that unit, waived under special consideration arrangements

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ECP703
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.

Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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