Singapore University of Social Sciences

Children and their Issues (SWK352)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed


Synopsis

Social work with children occupies a key part of the field. This is because (a) children have potential vulnerabilities that give rise to support and protection needs and (b) childhood is the principal time of growth and development requiring good parenting and multidisciplinary developmental input. This module provides a grounding in social work skills for working with children.It approaches the task in three dimensions:(a) Principles, Law & Practice;(b) Protecting Vulnerable Children; and(c) Disruption and Distress.Within these three dimensions, it aims to equip students with the following: Knowledge and skills to appraise the needs and developmental tasks of children; Develop, implement and review planned interventions to safeguard children; Be aware of issues around protecting vulnerable children alongside the duty to safeguard balanced against privacy; and Apply the strengths and empowerment perspective to practice with children.Recent demographic changes in Singaporean family life which give rise to specific childhood needs are explored. Through an examination of statutory protections available to children in special circumstances, the course will equip students to carry out effective interventions with children. The emphasis is on the Strengths-based Approach and empowerment in the context of daily life, with the aim of improving relationships and helping children and youth to deal with crises.This course extends basic knowledge about working with children and youth introduced in SWK291 Social Work Practice and Skills Lab 1: Working with Individuals and Families.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.

Topics

  • Principles of child-centric practice
  • Techniques for working with children
  • Single, divorced and blended families
  • The statutory protective framework
  • Child abuse and forensic social work
  • Child welfare and out of home care
  • Children beyond parental control
  • Child witnesses of family violence
  • Bullying

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise the needs and developmental tasks of children and youth
  • Discuss the professional duty to safeguard and the client’s right to privacy
  • Analyse prevailing Singapore welfare models in terms of their effectiveness in meeting needs
  • Demonstrate understanding of issues around the protection of children
  • Apply the strengths and empowerment perspective to practice
  • Assess, set goals, implement and review planned intervention to safeguard children
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