Relationship to competency standards

Unit Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support and protect children and young people who are at risk of harm. This work occurs within legislative and policy frameworks and carries a duty of care responsibility.

The unit begins by explaining how issues of neglect and abuse elsewhere seriously impact a child at school. Discussion then moves to the warning signs of when a child is at risk of abuse or neglect and the key indicators of neglect/abuse and the dynamics of abuse at different ages.

The unit then introduces the concept of risk assessments and explains how to record these assessments. This concept is illustrated against the background of mandatory reporting legislation and protocols with specific examples given of when to report and when not to report. Privacy considerations are also considered and how these need to be offset against mandatory reporting requirements.

The unit then discusses issues around working with external child protection agencies including the importance of establishing and keeping professional boundaries.

The unit concludes by giving examples of positive nurturing practices within the school environment.

Teaching Strategies

Unit offerings

Face to face:

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.