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 10
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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Residential School No Residential School

Be Different Intakes

Note: BeDifferent Units are available to study all year round
2022 - Online

Higher Education Unit Availabilities from Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2022

There are no Higher Education availabilities for this unit on or after Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2022
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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 64.71% response rate.

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 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
Assessment due dates were selected following consideration of manageable timelines for students, as well as consideration of due dates across other units. No complaints were received in relation to assessment due dates this term.
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
Pre-recorded lectures for each week's content and each assessment item were uploaded to the Moodle site in advance of key dates.
Source: Quote from Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
"There were a few glitches with the moodle site, tick boxes not working and occasionally not being able to access a link".
It is hoped that the transition to the new "Moodle Tiles" format will address this concern. However, it is recommended that the Moodle site be thoroughly checked before Week 1 of study commences. It is also recommended that a dedicated thread be created on the Q&A forum to allow students to immediately report any problems with the Moodle site, thereby facilitating timely repair.
Action Taken
Source: Quote from Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
"This unit was very informed and helped me build on my knowledge in the field. It allowed me to look at various aspects in a different light and encouraged me to critically reflect on my own practice. The unit work scaffolded my learning and flowed well with the assignment tasks. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the learnings I have taken away from this unit".
Given the high student satisfaction levels indicated by the Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation, it is recommended that this Unit be run in its current form, with ongoing effort to ensure up-to-date resources, and high levels of student engagement and support.
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 8
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment