Child Wellbeing and Child Protection (SCWK5008)


This unit addresses the range of factors from poverty to positive parenting that promote the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people. A range of theories, from psychological to sociological, are critically examined from a social work perspective. This unit of study examines multiple contested and socially constructed concepts such as 'child abuse and/or neglect', 'child wellbeing and protection', 'risk and resilience". The potential impact of child abuse and/or neglect on children's and young people's development is examined through a human rights and trauma informed lens. Emphasis is given to promoting ethical, collaborative and socially just practices when working with individuals, families and communities to promote safe environments that value children and young people.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


1-hr lecture and 2-hr seminar/week


Group presentation (35%); 3000 word child protection assessment report (50%) and participation statement (15%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.