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The Graduate Certificate in Child Well-being and Protection is an 18-unit program offered by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences on a fee-paying basis in internal mode and external mode course. The course is normally completed in one semester full-time or equivalent part-time.

The majority of students will be drawn from social work, youth work, teaching, nursing, mental health, and counselling.

Students accepted into the Master of Social Work program would normally receive 9 units of credit for topics successfully completed within the Graduate Certificate upon application.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions such as work experience, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

The course is designed to enhance the knowledge and practice skills of practitioners who work with children and adolescents, especially in the child protection area. Students will gain knowledge about:

  • the many influences upon children's well-being
  • worldwide complex issues such as child labour, trafficking, war and conflict

Throughout the course, the focus will be the perspective of children and young people, with students acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively with this client group, to interview children and to consider the child's perspective (consistent with the child's age, maturity and circumstances) in case-planning. 

Learning outcomes

It is expected that students who complete this course will be able to:

  • describe the importance of child-centred practice in ensuring the safety and well-being of children and young people in a global context 
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the perspectives of children and young people with respect to developmental processes and major life events as influenced by their culture 
  • in their professional capacity, communicate effectively with children and young people
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of personal and external circumstances and events which can compromise optimal child and adolescent development and well-being
  • demonstrate knowledge of global issues and problems related to children and young people 
  • demonstrate familiarity with the literature on child and adolescent well-being  
  • demonstrate knowledge of child protection legislation, assessment and interventions in Australia.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Child Well-being and Protection, a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

  • the program must be completed in one semester full-time, or equivalent part-time
  • no topic may be attempted more than twice
  • a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken.

Core - Year 1 topics

 SOAD8005  Global Child Welfare  (4.5 units)
 SOAD8006  Interventions with Children and Young People  (4.5 units)
 SOAD8007  Professional Practice Project (child well-being)  (4.5 units)
 SOAD9110  Complexities in Work with Children and Families  (4.5 units)