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Family and Child Support Major


Equips students with knowledge and skills of working in leadership positions with children, families and communities in a range of fields.

These fields include early education and care, family support, parent education and policy and service development. The major adopts the frameworks of human rights and social inclusion and includes a practical placement to enable students to apply their theoretical knowledge to practice and to develop professional networks in the field. The major can be combined with other related fields such as counselling, criminology and justice, psychology and youth work.





Mount Lawley

South West (Bunbury)



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Major details

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical situations.
  2. Communicate disciplinary knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  3. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  4. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and scholarship and/or professional practice.
  5. Think creatively to generate solutions.
  6. Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise/synthesise complex problems.
  7. Use digital technologies evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  8. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values through appropriate disciplinary methods.

Practicum Requirement

This major includes one year-long professional placement that needs to be undertaken in the third year of study.

Attendance requirements

Students will be required to attend a placement at an approved workplace in accordance with practical placement guidelines. Students can nominate their agency of choice, but ultimate approval is granted by the practical placement coordinator in liaison with the host agency. Depending on the agency, students may be required to work outside of normal work hours which may include weekends and evenings.

Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

All students are required to obtain a Working with Children Check card (or equivalent if resident outside Western Australia, for example, a National Police Clearance) prior to commencement of practicum placement in the final year of study.

Professional practice rules

Professional placement requirements are governed by the codes of conduct of the Australian Community Workers Association and Early Childhood Australia.



Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CHN1101Ecology of Children and Families 115
CSV1103 ^Interpersonal and Helping Skills15
Students enrolled in the C57 Bachelor of Youth Work should enroll in one of the following units (instead of CSV1103):
CRI2101 ^Professional Skills - Case Management15
CRI2202 ^Youth Justice15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CHN1102Ecology of Children and Families 215
CSV2108Culture, Equity and Diversity15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CHN3130Purpose of Play15
CHN3203Child Rearing15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSV2115Leadership and Management in Community Services15
CHN3206Designing Family Support Programmes15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CHN3113Children and Family Studies Professional Placement30
CSV2109 ^Vulnerable People and Communities15
Students enrolled in the C57 Bachelor of Youth Work should enroll in one of the following units (instead of CSV2109):
CSV3105 ^Gender Issues: Terms and Debates15
SWK2111 ^Aboriginal Histories of the Present15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSV3114Social Research and Program Evaluation15

Please note CHN3113 Children and Family Studies Professional Placement unit continues from semester 1.

^ Core Option

Employment Opportunities

Prepares graduates for a range of positions in the field of family and child support. Graduates can expect to access positions such as coordinators of family support and early intervention programs in various local and state government agencies and in the not-for-profit sector.

Possible future job titles

Coordinator of Early Intervention Programs, Family Support Officer/Coordinator, Policy Officer

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