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Key details

Duration

Not available full-time
2 year/s part-time
Not available full-time

Intake

This course is for re-enrolling students
On campus - This course is for re-enrolling students
Online - No

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online

Credit points required

80

Course code

TSCCP1
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

Make a real impact in the lives of children, young people and families. Our Graduate Diploma of Safe Communities (Child Protection) provides you with the specialist knowledge and skills to assess, manage, respond to and support the reduction of child maltreatment.

If you are working (or seeking to work) in statutory child protection, including as a social worker, psychologist, police officer, teacher, youth worker, allied health worker and community worker this is the degree for you.

Our Graduate Diploma of Safe Communities (Child Protection) enhances the capacity of those with responsibility for supporting vulnerable children and family within their communities.

With an emphasis on prevention, innovation and collaboration you will be part of a learning community, drawing from research, knowledge and the expertise that exists within community led approaches to keeping children culturally, psychologically and physically safe.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Both Commonwealth supported places (CSP) and fee paying places are available for this course. If you would like to apply for a CSP use the SATAC code 1GD036. If you would like to apply for a fee paying place you will need to use the SATAC code 1CM536.

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

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Why study at CDU?

Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.

  • #1 Australian uni for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Top 100 university globally for quality education
  • Our graduates enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries

What will I study?

The information provided for this course was valid for the final year of enrolment. Students continuing in this course may find there have been some changes to the unit availability. Students should, in the first instance, refer to the recommended study plan in the newest version of this course to make their unit selection for the current year.

Course structure

Every re-enrolling student will be able to complete their current course of study. As a continuing student you should always consider transferring to the newest course version to enable you to take advantage of new and exciting changes to university programs. Students electing not to transfer should refer to the transitional arrangements where provided.

If you have any queries, or concerns about your course progression you would like clarified, please contact Student Central on freecall 1800 061 963 or student.central@cdu.edu.au.

 

Our Graduate Diploma of Safe Communities (Child Protection) comprises eight core units (80 credit points). All units are designed to enhance your knowledge and practical skills for working with vulnerable children.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core
(8 units)
80cpCompulsory Core units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below:

SWK551 Engaging Vulnerable Families
SWK552 Investigative Interviewing
SWK553 Collaborative Child Protection Practice (not offered 2022)
SWK554 Child Safe Community Project (not offered in 2022)
SWK555 Responding to Child Sexual Abuse
SWK556 Trauma Informed Practice
SWK557 Complex Case Management (not offered in 2022)
SWK558 Cultural Security in Child Protection Practice
 

Course Total80cp 

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Diploma AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
 

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
SWK551 Engaging Vulnerable FamiliesCOSWK552 Investigative InterviewingCO
SWK558 Cultural Security in Child Protection PracticeCOSWK556 Trauma Informed PracticeCO
Year 2
SWK555 Responding to Child Sexual Abuse (not offered 2022)COSWK553 Collaborative Child Protection Practice (not offered 2022)CO
SWK557 Complex Case Management (not offered in 2022)COSWK554 Child Safe Community Project (not offered in 2022)CO

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Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  SWK552 Investigative InterviewingCO
  SWK556 Trauma Informed PracticeCO
Year 2
SWK551 Engaging Vulnerable FamiliesCOSWK553 Collaborative Child Protection PracticeCO
SWK558 Cultural Security in Child Protection Practice COSWK554 Child Safe Community ProjectCO
Year 3
SWK555 Responding to Child Sexual Abuse (available 2023)CO  
SWK557 Complex Case Management (available 2023)CO  

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Entry requirements

Admission criteria

This course has CLOSED for 2022 and no further applications will be accepted.

  • Successful completion of a bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or equivalent international qualification in a relevant field; or
  • Successful completion of a Graduate Certificate of Safe Communities (Child Protection) or CHC81215 Graduate Certificate in Statutory Child Protection.

Essential requirements

You must clear a National Police Check and/or a working with children clearance.

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Graduate Diploma of Safe Communities (Child Protection)
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Community Services and Social Work, Health

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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Together we are a positive force for change in our communities and the world.

How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
1GD036
822080
Casuarina campus (FF)
1GD536
872100
Online (CSP)
1GD036
822080
Online (FF)
1GD536
872100
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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