Methods in Child Protection
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Lastekaitsetöö meetodid
Course title in English
Methods in Child Protection
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
Create preconditions for developing knowledge and skills for child protection work that enables to simultaneously assess and support the psychic, physical and social welfare of the child and his/her family who is in need.
Brief description of the course
Child in need. Main principles of child protection. Model of child protection and model of child welfare. Principles of child protection work and new approaches. From child protection to the security of the child. Professional assessment and the process of assessing risks. Risk and child protection. Assessment: definition, process, tasks, principles of assessment. Preliminary and main assessment. Models of assessment. Different approaches and types of assessment. Framework of assessment. Methods of assessment. Model of making decisions (Baumann et al. 2010). Different assessment instruments (CALF, CARAS, SDQ). Areas of assessment: family events, childhood experiences, self-determination, relationships, parenting skills and abilities, sensing the child and his/her needs, child’s needs, economic situation and housekeeping, ability to change. Cases. Outcome of assessment. Clients and their view of assessment. Specialist’s role in assessment. Self-analysis.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- understands the principles of child protection and developmental areas with emphasis on assessment;
- is able to analyse and debate on the topic of child protection about the processes occurring in society;
- can assess the welfare of child in need and make necessary decisions;
- has acquired knowledge and skills about the process of child welfare assessment, about different models, forms and principles of assessment;
- has developed the skills of team work, making oneself understandable, presentation and self-analysis.
Lektor Karmen Toros (PhD)