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Postgraduate Coursework

Graduate Certificate of Safe Communities (Child Protection)

2021

Not available to international students.
Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
1GC044
821180
Casuarina campus (FF)
1GC544
871170
Online (CSP)
1GC044
821180
Online (FF)
1GC544
871170
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course duration
Full-time
Not available
Part-time
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
No
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

USCCP1

Award
Graduate Certificate of Safe Communities (Child Protection)
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health and Medicine
Society and Welfare Studies

If you're experienced in working with people and communities, this course can give you an entry point to specialist post-graduate qualifications. You will work to gain specialist knowledge and skills to assess, manage, respond to and support the reduction of child abuse. The course is designed for people who are working, or seeking to work, in statutory child protection, including social workers, psychologists, police, teachers, youth workers, allied health workers and community workers.

The course aims to enhance your capacity if you're responsible for supporting vulnerable children and families 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 within community-led approaches to keeping children culturally, psychologically and physically safe.

Credit transfers and 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

  • 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.

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.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master's degree or equivalent international qualification in a relevant field; or

Successful completion of a diploma level qualification and two years of experience working in the fields of community work, child protection or family violence; or

Consideration will also be given to you if you have at least five years of appropriate experience working with children, families and communities. To apply under this admission criteria, you must provide a curriculum vitae and two written referee reports in your application.

Essential requirements

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 Module A 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 Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards) A minimum overall pass and 65% in Academic English 3 with a 65% pass in the research essay. (Note: this score will not be accepted from 2021 intakes onwards).
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A 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.

 

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

Course structure

This course consists of four units (one core, three specialist elective) aiming to advance the knowledge and skills of people working in the area of child protection.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(1 units)
10cp Compulsory Core units totalling 10 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:
SWK551 Engaging Vulnerable Families
 
Specialist Electives
(3 units)
30cp Specialist Elective units totalling 30 credit points selected from the list of available  units detailed below:
SWK552 Investigative Interviewing
SWK553 Collaborative Child Protection Practice
SWK554 Child Safe Community Project
SWK555 Responding to Child Sexual Abuse (available from 2022)
SWK556 Trauma Informed Practice
SWK557 Complex Case Management (available from 2022)
SWK558 Cultural Security in Child Protection Practice
 
  40cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate 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 Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.
 

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE= Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SWK551 Engaging Vulnerable Families CO Specialist Elective 2 SE
Specialist Elective 1 SE Specialist Elective 3 SE

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Part-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE= Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    Specialist Elective 1 SE
    Specialist Elective 2 SE
Calendar Year 2
SWK551 Engaging Vulnerable Families CO    
Specialist Elective 3 SE    

Course 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 1GC044. If you would like to apply for a fee paying place you will need to use the SATAC code 1GC544.

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.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS

 

SATAC

Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

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To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

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