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EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Child Abuse & Neglect I, P & P
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 079999 - Education not elsewhere classi
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: India Bryce


Enrolment is not permitted in EDU5325 if EDU3325 has been previously completed.


All professionals working with children and adolescents need to have a comprehensive knowledge and clear understanding of child abuse and child protection issues, problems and current models of practice in order to be able to: 1. Recognise symptoms of various forms of child abuse (psychological/emotional, physical, sexual abuse and neglect); 2. Contribute to intervention procedures (mandatory reporting and cooperation with the intervening team of specialist agencies/authorities); 3. Apply protection measures and prevention programmes (actively promote, participate and/or apply recommended protective and preventative programmes suitable to educational settings). This course is designed to assist professionals in becoming more confident in their understanding of child abuse. In addition, it will provide them with practical skills in dealing with highly sensitive and complex issues of child and youth victimisation.


The overall aim of this course is to introduce education and helping professionals to the field of child (and youth) abuse and associated protection issues. This course adopts a psychosocial developmental approach and provides an advanced study of child abuse phenomenon. The course examines various settings of child abuse - such as family, peer group, institution and a wider social context. Within these ecological environments students study the causes, symptoms and consequences of five main forms of child abuse: emotional, physical, sexual, neglect and exposure to witnessing domestic and family violence. The course also offers a brief practical component whereby students explore various ways of dealing with this social problem - prevention, intervention and therapy, with the emphasis on applications within the educational or school context.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the spectrum of child abuse and neglect (Assignment 1);
  2. critically analyse the effects of abuse and neglect on child development (Assignment 1);
  3. demonstrate how knowledge and understanding of child abuse and neglect (local, national and global perspectives) can inform the counselling process (Assignment 1);
  4. review and evaluate the efficacy and limitations of child protection in relation to Indigenous Australian children and children from ethnic minorities (Assignment 2);
  5. identify, describe and evaluate various intervention methods and systems for the treatment, protection and prevention of child abuse and neglect (Assignment 2);
  6. demonstrate competence in reflective practice, written language and scholarly writing including correct spelling, grammar, and bibliographic referencing (Assignments 1,2 and 3).


Description Weighting(%)
1. History of child abuse theory, research and typologies. 20.00
2. Child maltreatment - understanding child abuse types; prevalence; contextual influences; precipitants and risk; social constructs of maltreatment and abuse; human rights; culture. 20.00
3. Impact of child maltreatment across the lifespan. 20.00
4. Child protection contexts and systems – statutory child protection, criminal justice systems, health, mental health, law and education, legislation, criminality of child abuse; systemic protective practice. 20.00
5. Intervention and prevention - processes and procedures; health promotion; creating change; treatment and recovery processes for children; protective behaviours awareness; risk assessment; clinical interventions, working with vulnerable people. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Bryce, I 2017, Cumulative Harm and Resilience Framework: An Assessment, Prevention and Intervention Resource for Helping Professionals, Cengage, Australia.
Bryce, I, Robinson, Y & Petherick, W 2019, Child Abuse and Neglect: Forensic issues in evidence, impact and management, Elsevier, London.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Doyle, C & Timms, C 2014, Child neglect and emotional abuse: understanding, assessment and response, SAGE Publications, Los Angeles.
Doyle, C 2012, Working with abused children: focus on the child, 4th edn, Macmillan, Basingstoke.
Howe, D 2005, Child abuse and neglect: attachment, development and intervention, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.
Tilbury, C, Osmond, J, Wilson, S & Clark, J 2007, Good practice in child protection, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales.
Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Quiz 1 20 20 26 Mar 2021
Quiz 2 20 20 07 May 2021
ASSIGNMENT 50 50 02 Jun 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activities including discussion fora scheduled for them, and to study all materials provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the available weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and Internet access to UConnect for this course.

Date printed 18 June 2021