The spectrum of child and family social work, covering the macro environment, the family support/prevention domain, the statutory child protection context, and issues for children and young people in care.
Selected social issues commonly affecting children and families in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Social work responses and related conceptual issues in social work assessment.
This paper is designed to assist students to develop critical analysis and reflection skills across three elements of social work practice: the socio-political context of families in Aotearoa/New Zealand; the social work assessment process; and selected social problems affecting families coming into contact with social work services (for example, intimate partner violence, child abuse, mental illness). By drawing on a range of research types, as well as examining the sources of students' own assumptions, the paper encourages students to develop a critical approach to research use and the social construction of family problems. This approach is used to examine the judgement processes inherent in social work assessment; the causes of persistent social problems; their consequences for both adults and children; and ethical social work responses to them.
About this paper
|Child and Family Social Work
Semester 1 (On campus)
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- SOWK 302
- Non-BSW students may be admitted to this paper with approval from the Head of Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work.
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- Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: To be confirmed
- Paper Structure
Week one: 1-day workshop.
Remainder of semester: One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial each week.
- Teaching Arrangements
The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.
Lectures and tutorials are available both distance and on-campus.
- All readings supplied online
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
During this paper students will learn to:
- Develop critical reflection
- Understand social work assessment and selected social problems
- Develop research skills