Focuses on the interface between research, policy and practice, and critically examines the challenges faced by children/families/whanau when family transitions or abuse/violence occur. Considers how services and practitioners can effectively respond.
This interdisciplinary paper considers how research, policy and practice interlink to promote children's development, well-being and rights. Particular consideration is given to children's rights to participation and protection with modules exploring how children's views are ascertained in family law proceedings, children and young people's experiences of State care, and the disciplining of children. Emphasis is also placed on how services and practitioners can effectively respond to the challenges that children, young people and families/whanau face when parental separation or abuse/violence occurs. Course work is focused around a proposal for child-centred change and its policy/programme evaluation.
|Paper title||Promoting Children's Participation and Protection|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2019|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,679.75|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$6,658.50|
- CHIX 404, CHIX 402
- Suitable for graduates and professionals in the wide range of disciplines who work
with children, young people and their families/whanau or are interested in doing so.
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work's website
- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor
Associate Professor Nicola Atwool
- Paper Structure
- The paper covers six modules relating to:
- The research, policy and practice interface
- Child Protection
- Child Participation
- Family Transitions - parental separation/divorce, relocation, abduction
- Family violence, child abuse and neglect - care and protection/intimate partner violence intervention and prevention
- Application of these issues in practice
- Research and writing skill development - critical evaluation, a proposal for child-centred change in policy or practice, and development of an evaluative methodology
- Teaching Arrangements
- This paper is taught by distance and has two audioconferences (at the start and end of the semester) and one five-day block course in August in Dunedin (at which attendance is compulsory).
- Textbooks are not required for this paper. The course book and readings are provided via Blackboard.
- Course outline
- The course outline is made available in the course book provided to students prior to the beginning of the second semester.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- Student who successfully complete this paper will be able to
- Understand the interface between research, policy and practice in relation to children, young people and families/whï½nau
- Critically appraise how children and young people's well-being, interests, development and rights can be secured, enhanced or constrained through law, research, public policies and professional practices
- Identify and clearly articulate the challenges children and young people face when family transitions occur
- Identify and clearly articulate the challenges children and young people face when family violence, child abuse and neglect occur
- Reflect upon, critique and improve professional practice in relation to children, young people and families/whanau, programme/policy evaluation and child-centred change