BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

SOCW-376 - Child Welfare Practice - 3.00 Credits

SOCW-376 - Child Welfare Practice - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
The course introduces anti-oppression, Aboriginal and feminist analysis of practices within the family and child welfare systems. The course will discuss current British Columbia and other systems of practice that include feminist and Aboriginal models of child and family practice. Family and child welfare is deeply entrenched in the legal system therefore an introductory critique of the legal system is analyzed. Discussions will connect the legal system and practice with diverse populations and the importance of personal and professional values and ethics within a climate of constant change. A major emphasis is placed on First Nations/Aboriginal child welfare because of the high rate of Aboriginal children in care. Students will demonstrate learning by using a variety of learning methods such as moot courts, interview role plays, conflict resolutions scenarios and presentations. Students will have the opportunity to apply social work ethics and values to the role of child protection and increase their awareness of those receiving services with an emphasis on cross-cultural practice perspectives.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Elective Courses
  • Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 39
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy
    Learning Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

    • Describe the current role and function of child welfare workers, foster parents, legal advocates and others providing services for families and children especially Aboriginal peoples;

    • Analyze and describe the impact of their personal and professional beliefs, values and ethics on child and family practice;

    • Relate and describe the larger theoretical and policy issues to the application of skills in practice situations e.g. Aboriginal perspectives, feminist legal theory, anti-oppressive practice theory, empowerment;

    • Describe the process of investigative interviews, documentation and presentation of the results of investigations in formal legal processes;

    • Identify the range of options/processes available to social work professionals when resolving conflicts;

    • Explain the impact of child protection practice and service on children, families and practitioners, especially Aboriginal peoples;

    • Analyze some of the social issues that affect children and families; and,

    • Describe racism, sexism and hetero-sexism in child welfare service.

    Text and Materials:

    Fuchs, D., McKay S., & Brown, I (Eds). Awakening the Spirit: Moving Forward in Child Welfare Voices from the Prairies. (Current Edition). Regina, SK; Canadian Plains Research Centre, University of Regina.

    Stegra, S. and Carriere, J (Eds). Walking this Path Together: Anti-racist and Anti-appressive Child Welfare Practice. (Current Edition). Halifax, NS; Fernwood Publishing.

    Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca.
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