Course Outline

SWK277 Working With Children, Youth and Families

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

2024Session 5

UniSC Moreton Bay

UniSC Fraser Coast

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

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This is a direct skills course which covers key knowledge and skills for social workers and human services workers engaged in child, youth and family practice. This course will explore knowledge and skills necessary for working with children, youth and families from diverse backgrounds in a range of complex practice contexts such as child protection, domestic and family violence, and mental health.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On-campus full day tutorial workshops 35hrs Week 2 Once Only
Learning materials – Online learning material required for workshop discussion and assessment preparation 4hrs Week 1 Once Only

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

Assessment and documentation skills


Please note that due to the nature of social work practice, this course provides students with an overview of a number of practice areas which are considered mature content and could be found to be confronting. The course will deliver content, and require completion of assessment tasks, that consider client circumstances across a range of practice contexts eg, domestic and family violence, drug and alcohol use, child abuse and neglect, mental illness and suicidality, trauma, medical complexity, and disability.

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 Formulate and document a social work assessment, including analysis of key biopsychosocial risk and protective factors Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2, 2.1, 2.2, 4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5, 5.3
2 Apply knowledge of social work ethics in practice with children, youth and families, including an understanding and integration of the AASW Code of Ethics. Knowledgeable
1, 1.1, 2, 2.1, 3.1, 4
3 Communicate in written and oral modes in a style consistent with an emerging social work professional Knowledgeable
2, 4, 4.2, 4.4, 5, 5.3, 5.4, 7, 7.1, 7.2
4 Demonstrate an understanding of social work/Human Services practice skills in complex contexts. Knowledgeable
1, 1.1, 2, 2.1, 2.2
5 Accurately gather pertinent information and analyse key factors to form a comprehensive, professional assessment. Knowledgeable
1.1, 4, 6.2, 7, 7.1

* 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
3.1 Work inclusively and respectfully with cultural difference and diversity
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
6.2 Communicate the details and nature of the service offered to 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

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC 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


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%
Course duration
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) In Class
All 2 Artefact - Professional Individual 45%
10-15 minutes oral presentation
5 Powerpoint Slides
Week 3 Online Submission
All 3 Case Study Individual 45%
1800-2000 words
Week 6 Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Tutorial/Workshop Attendance and Participation
AASW external accreditation requires mandatory attendance for skills based tutorials/workshops. Students must attend weekly tutorials/designated workshops and actively participate in all activities.
Product: Activity Participation
Tutorial/workshop attendance will be recorded to meet external AASW accreditation requirements. Student participation and engagement is assessed on attendance and participation across the whole course.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Attendance and engagement in activities
Demonstrate engagement with course content.
Demonstrate engagement and participation with course content
4 5
All - Assessment Task 2: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 genogram and ecomap and identify your plan for social work intervention supported by evidence based practice.
Product: Artefact - Professional
Students are to prepare a 10-15 minute recorded oral PowerPoint presentation that explains the genogram and ecomap for a case study. 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.

The recorded Powerpoint presentation must include;

• A genogram. All generations presented with correct genealogical symbols used.
• Ecomap for the family. All relationships between individuals presented with correct symbols used.
• 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
Demonstrate professional oral presentation skills reflective of those of an emerging social work practitioner.
Produce a document that is well written and free of errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and sentence structure.
Clearly and comprehensively explain your chosen social work approach to working with the family.
Produce an accurate and comprehensive genogram with correct use of a broad range of relational and psychosocial symbols with a clear and complete legend.
3 5
Produce an accurate and comprehensive ecomap with clear and relevant connections to key relationships and networks. Use of appropriate symbols to depict relationships and inclusion of a complete and accurate legend.
1 3 5
Clearly link the chosen social work approach to the AASW Code of Ethics and/or Practice Standards.
2 3
All - Assessment Task 3:Case Study- Social Work Risk Assessment
Complete an accurate, comprehensive social work risk assessment based on the case study. 
The social work risk assessment considers risk, protective factors, clinical impressions and recommendations for intervention from a family centred perspective.
Product: Case Study
The assessment will require a clear description of the client's circumstances, an assessment of risk, and an intervention plan that is informed by best practice and the evidence base.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Ability to apply a family assessment framework.
1 3
Ability to identify and outline a range of risk and protective factors for the case study
1 3
Ability to generate an accurate and professional intervention plan
3 4
Apply evidence based professional judgement in identifying, formulating and documenting assessment conclusions.
1 3 4 5
Ability to present a clear, well structured document to an 'emerging professional' level. Correct use of grammar, spelling and use of APA7 referencing in bibliography.
3 4

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. 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

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accreditation requires mandatory attendance for BSW students at all tutorials/workshops for this course in order to meet a minimum number of on-campus delivered hours. Attendance will be recorded to ensure that students are meeting the requirements set out by the AASW. Not attending face-to-face tutorials/workshops could impact the ability to go on field placement and graduate from the social work program.

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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