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SOWK410 Special Topic: Care and Protection

Special topic considering an advanced case study in Social Work practice.

Aotearoa New Zealand has among the highest incidence of child abuse and neglect among OECD countries. The Government's White Paper on Vulnerable Children (2012) highlighted the need for significant improvement in terms of identifying vulnerable children and facilitating effective intervention at the earliest opportunity. Care and protection of vulnerable children and adults is an integral element of practice in many fields of social work. Feedback from employers in both statutory services and the non-government sector indicates that social work graduates are not adequately prepared for this work. Social Workers have a critical role and need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills that enable them to be effective practitioners. This paper is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and enhanced skills in care and protection work. The focus will primarily be on children but reference will also be made to the application of this knowledge to practice with vulnerable adults.

Paper title Special Topic: Care and Protection
Paper code SOWK410
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,224.58
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,050.81

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Restriction
SOWX 410
Limited to
BSW, MA
Schedule C
Consumer and Applied Science
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Nicola Atwool
Paper Structure
The integration of knowledge, values and skills will provide the focus for this paper and students will be expected to apply critical thinking in the development of their practice knowledge. Cultural understanding is an integral part of intervention and will be addressed along with the ethical issues that are inherent in this sensitive area of practice. The material provided in lectures will be applied to case studies to provide students with the opportunity to explore the way that knowledge, skill and values interact to inform assessment, intervention and decision-making. In the final assignment students will be required to demonstrate their understanding by formulating an assessment and developing an intervention plan for their chosen case study.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning

Workshop

Weeks: 9 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri : 09:00-16:50

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus

Lecture

Weeks: 10-14,16-17,19-22 Mon : 13:00-15:50

Workshop

Weeks: 9 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri : 09:00-16:50