Course Outline

SWK277 Working With Children, Youth and Families

Course Coordinator:Zalia Powell ( School:School of Law and Society

2022Semester 1

USC Sunshine Coast

USC Moreton Bay

USC Fraser Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course covers challenges faced by human services workers and social workers engaged in family work. This course that will explore knowledge and skills necessary for working with children, youth and families from diverse backgrounds in a range of complex practice contexts.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Students will engage with learning materials on Canvas including mini lectures, videos, readings and quizzes. 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On-campus tutorials 2hrs Week 1 11 times
Learning materials – Students will engage with learning materials on Canvas including mini lectures, videos, readings and quizzes. 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online/zoom tutorial 2hrs Week 1 11 times

Course Topics

Introduction to families

Family work and the principles of practice

The therapy process

Theories related to family treatment

Trauma informed practice

Policy and legal issues in working with children and families

Protection of children and young people

Diversity and cross-cultural issues related to children and families

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Association of Social Workers
1 Identify and demonstrate different CYP and family approaches, theories, frameworks and models Knowledgeable
2, 2.1, 2.2, 4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5, 5.3
2 Compose a beginning social work/ human services child, youth and family assessment and intervention plan. Creative and critical thinker
2, 4, 4.2, 4.4, 5, 5.3, 5.4, 7, 7.1, 7.2
3 Illustrate an ability to utilise reflective practice on personal beliefs, values and worldviews and discuss how this impacts on your practice Knowledgeable
1, 1.1, 2, 2.1, 2.2
4 To demonstrate an understanding of knowledge regarding diversity and culturally responsive practice Knowledgeable
3, 3.1, 3.2, 6, 6.1, 8.2

* Competencies by Professional Body

Australian Association of Social Workers
1 Values and ethics
1.1 Practise in accordance with the AASW Code of Ethics
2 Professionalism
2.1 Represent the social work profession with integrity and professionalism
2.2 Behave in a professional manner and be accountable for all actions and decisions
3 Culturally responsive and inclusive practice
3.1 Work inclusively and respectfully with cultural difference and diversity
3.2 Respect and strive to understand and promote the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures
4 Knowledge for practice
4.1 Understand higher level systemic influences on people with respect to area of practice
4.2 Understand and articulate social work and other relevant theories and concepts
4.3 Understand the role of research and evaluation in obtaining and generating new knowledge for practice
4.4 Understand and articulate how and when theories, knowledge bases and knowledge sources inform practice
5 Applying knowledge to practice
5.3 Use a range of social work methods and techniques appropriate to the area of practice
5.4 Apply critical and reflective thinking to practice
6 Communication and interpersonal skills
6.1 Communicate with a diverse range of people
7 Information recording and sharing
7.1 Record and manage information appropriately
7.2 Keep and maintain information in accordance with ethical principles and relevant legislation
8.2 Engage in continuing professional development

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable



Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Early feedback will be given with a quiz in Week 3 and feedback on discussions and activities in the tutorials. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Activity Participation Individual 10%
11 Tutorials
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) In Class
All 2 Quiz/zes Individual 20%
up to 30 minutes
Refer to Format Online Test (Quiz)
All 3 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 25%
10 minutes oral presentation
4 Powerpoint Slides
Week 6 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 4 Case Study Individual 45%
2,000 words
Week 12 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Tutorial Attendance and Participation
AASW external accreditation requires mandatory attendance for skills based tutorials. Students must attend weekly tutorials and actively participate in all tutorial activities.
Product: Activity Participation
Tutorial attendance will be recorded to meet external AASW accreditation requirements. Student participation and engagement in tutorial activities assessed based upon attendance and participation across 11 tutorials.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Attendance and engagement in activities
Demonstrate engagement with course content.
Demonstrate engagement and participation with course content
All - Assessment Task 2:Quiz/zes
To demonstrate  an understanding of various approaches, theories, models and frameworks n CYP&F.
Product: Quiz/zes
Students will answer a multiple choice quiz beginning in week 3, 8, and 13
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge of course content
1 4
All - Assessment Task 3:Genogram and Ecomap
Demonstrate the ability to create an accurate genogram and ecomap for the chosen case study. Using a narrated Powerpoint, present your case study and identify your plan for social work intervention supported by evidence based practice.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
Students are to prepare a 10 minute recorded oral PowerPoint presentation that explains the genogram and ecomap for a case study they have chosen. Students are required to consider the audience as fellow community / human services/ social worker colleagues, collaboratively discussing a client's case. Oral presentations are to be recorded in Powerpoint and submitted via Canvas.

Students are required to complete the following in their recorded Powerpoint presentation;

• A genogram. All generations presented with correct genealogical symbols used.
• Ecomap for the family. All relationships between individuals presented with correct symbols used denoting age, location, levels of education, illness, substance use etc.
• Explain your chosen social work approach to working with this family and link this to AASW Code of Ethics and/or Practice Standards.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Ability to accurately generate a genogram and a legend for the case study.
Genogram applied accurately to the case illustrating all relevant relationships and accurately interpreted.
1 2 4
Ability to accurately communicate and interpret the genogram using professional language and writing.
2 4
All - Assessment Task 4:Case Study
To identity and compose an accurate, complete social work assessment and intervention plan with a family that is ethically and professionally sound and culturally responsive
Product: Case Study
This proforma (report) will include:
•	Completing an assessment framework
•	Discuss, identify and outline any risks or ethical issues (see hyperlinks; Department Child Safety in assessment tab)
•	Complete an intervention plan 
•	Discuss and summarise a range of engagement strategies for the family
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Ability to apply a family assessment framework.
1 2 4
Ability to identify and outline a range of risk and protective factors for the case study
1 2 4
Ability to generate an intervention plan
2 3 4
Ability to discuss and summarise engagement strategies for the family, prioritises these
1 2 3 4
Ability to present a clear, well structured document to an 'emerging professional' level. Correct use of grammar, spelling and use of APA7 referencing.
2 3

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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