|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||27 June 2022|
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.