HSRV206-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Child Protection Practice

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


The course will provide a broad overview of the three main phases of child welfare: the investigative phase; the solution-based phase; and, the statutory systems of care that are provided for children. Students will be introduced to research and literature pertaining to child care and protection from an international and New Zealand perspective.

Students will be introduced to theory and research surrounding child care and protection in the context of family welfare.  Child protection systems are examined, using New Zealand and international perspectives.  The course focuses on a care-and-protection framework based on a process of three phases: engagement and assessment, solution seeking, and securing safety and belonging.

Child protection practice is a major area of work for the human services.  Thousands of children are brought to the attention of child protection services each year.  Specialist law provides the means through which concerns for children can be investigated by the State.  Both voluntary and statutory systems of care are provided for children.  This course provides a broad overview of the ways in which the family and the state attempt to address the issue of children's safety and well-being, and a critical analysis the care options that are offered.


• To provide an introduction to research and literature pertaining to child care and protection theory and practice from an international and New Zealand perspective.

• To examine the Children, Young Persons, and their Families Act (1989) and its implications for children and families in New Zealand.

• To explore ways in which the State attempts to find solutions to child care and protection issues, including the controversial system of Family Group Conferencing.

• To examine the systems of statutory care for children, including foster care, kinship care and residential care.

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of the course, the student will have:

  • A sound grasp of the complex dynamics of child abuse and neglect
  • Knowledge to account for how child care and protection issues have been addressed historically
  • An appreciation of key influences on New Zealand’s child protection system
  • An ability to discuss child care and protection issues across a range of contexts
  • An ability to debate the relevance of theory, legislation, international conventions, and policy to the child care and protection context
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


30 points from HSRV101, HSRV102, HSRV103, HSRV104, SOWK101, SOWK102 and SOWK104. Students without this prerequisite but with at least 60 points in appropriate courses may enter the course with the permission of the Programme Coordinator.

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 17:00 - 18:00 E7 Lecture Theatre 23 Jul - 29 Jul
13 Aug - 19 Aug
10 Sep - 16 Sep
1 Oct - 7 Oct

Course Coordinator

Yvonne Crichton-Hill


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online post 27 Jul 2018 10% 300 words
Article Analysis 17 Aug 2018 20% 1300 words
Reflective Essay 12 Oct 2018 30% 2000 words
Online test 40% Due date to be advised


Where to post assignments:
Online as advised and/or the Essay box on the ground floor (level 1) of the Psychology-Sociology Building in the slot on the wall that designated for this course.    It is important to ensure you understand whether a hardcopy is required, so check your instructions for every submission. All submissions require our coversheets.

Where to collect marked assignments:
Online as advised or from your Tutor/Lecturer.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

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