SSW374 - Selected Issues: Child Welfare

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Last revision date 2012-10-12 14:29:56.487
Last review date 2012-10-12 14:29:56.487

Subject Title
Selected Issues: Child Welfare

Subject Description
The physical, emotion and psychological welfare of children in Ontario are important issues with significant social, political and personal consequences. The course will provide a framework for understanding the fundamental concepts in child welfare. We will examine a number of key domains in the child welfare field including: poverty, prevention and protection interventions, the foster care system, child abuse and neglect and their impact on child development, challenges in working with at risk children and their families and related government legislations, policies and protocols. We will examine treatment issues in working with a number of diverse populations as well as challenges faced in working with involuntary clients. Students will gain an overview of the scope of the field of child welfare and it?s relevance to social service work.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this course social service students will have achieved the following competencies:
1. Knowledge of the history and internal workings of the
Ontario Child Welfare system. This will be demonstrated
by the student?s participation in class discussions,
exams and assignments.
2. Knowledge of the legislation that mandates the services
of Child Welfare in Ontario. Will be able to openly
discuss and explain the major areas of the legislation
as it pertains to Social service Work.
3. Using class assignments, exams and discussions students
will exhibit an understanding of abuse and neglect and
its impact on children.
4. Using class assignments, exams and discussions students
will express a solid working knowledge of the issues
that face its clients, staff and foster parents
5. Through various class assignments, students will be able
to display solid competency in documentation of your
6. Upon successful completion of this subject students will
display their ability to assess risk and develop working
objectives with clients through various assignments and
discussions and exams.
7. Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding
of current best practice principles and competencies
through their successful completion of the course.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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