ECP703 - Child Protection


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: ECP303
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

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


*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


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).

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