DFVP20004 - Child Safety and Domestic and Family Violence

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with specialist knowledge of child safety and risk in domestic and family violence practice. Critical use is made of evidence-based research, and practice and policy documents addressing issues related to children in a domestic and violence context. You will be encouraged to critically appraise the practical and theoretical considerations inherent in working with statutory and community responses to the needs of children in the context of family violence. You will explore the issues of ethnicity, class, and gender in the analysis of care and protection of children in domestic and family violence contexts. Legal and safety considerations that arise from working with this client group will be addressed and you will consider ethical, professional and self-management implications for practice.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 30%
2. Portfolio 30%
3. Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Formal and informal student feedback
Students appreciated the extensive feedback on assignments and the tutorials devoted to writing the assessment items
Continue giving extensive feedback and continue offering the tutorials on each of the assessment items
Action Taken
Guided by previous reviews, I provided extensive guidance and feedback on all assessment items. I also encouraged students to converse with me after receiving marks to ensure they felt confident moving on to later assessment items. Finally, given the diverse working hours of our students, I utilised pre-recorded mini-lectures for each assessment item - student feedback indicated that these resources were helpful and appreciated.
Source: Formal student feedback
Some students would appreciate more regular pre-recorded tutorial sessions
Pre-record short weekly lectures/tutorials so that students can access these videos at their convenience
Action Taken
Guided by prior reviews, I utilised pre-recorded mini-lectures. I also used discussion forums to engage with students and asked for feedback on their preferences for tutorials/lectures/recordings etc. Students had diverse working hours and preferences. Given the small student numbers it was possible to engage in a considerable amount of one-on-one interactions via phone or zoom - student feedback indicated that this flexibility in engagement and support was helpful and appreciated.
Source: Formal student feedback
Assessment due dates should fall within standard working periods
In this term assessment dates coincided with primary/secondary school holiday periods - this created challenges for students with school-aged children. In future offerings, efforts should be made to avoid overlap with school holidays and restrict due dates to standard working periods.
Action Taken
Source: Self-reflection and formal/informal student freedback
Pre-recorded lectures should be uploaded at the beginning of the term, with separate recordings for each week of content and the three key assessment items
Pre-recorded lectures for each week's content and each assessment item will be uploaded to the Moodle site at the beginning of term - this will enable students to engage with learning materials at times/places/rates that suit their individual needs.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate child protection issues in the domestic and family violence context, with particular consideration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
  2. Examine the relationship between policy, legislation and practice responses in the domestic and family violence field
  3. Interpret and communicate the role of evaluation research in the domestic and family violence and care and protection of children domain
  4. Apply ethical values to domestic and family violence practice
  5. Formulate a safety plan for vulnerable families in domestic and family violence contexts.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment