BBV2006 - Child welfare measures, support for change and development


New from the academic year 2020/2021

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours LOVSAMLING

Course content

The course deals with the complex academic and ethical assessments that a person with a Bachelor in child protection and child welfare has to make in connection with action work, changing work and development support within the framework of the child welfare service's legislation. Students learn how to make child welfare assessments and weighing up measures and how these can help reduce the risk of skewed development, improve the child's situation, strengthen its well-being, coping, competence and self-confidence. Communication with vulnerable children and adolescents, their families and networks and other public service providers, related to change work and development support is a central theme of the topic. Recognition, trust building, various forms of assistance, change-oriented approaches and foster home placements are other key topics in the course. The course links theoretical and research-based knowledge to relevant practical issues and also draws on knowledge from children and parents with experience in the field of child protection and child welfare.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: -have knowledge about child protection and child welfare professional assessments related to measures and change work to the best interests of the child in cases relating to care failure, unhealth, violence, abuse and substance abuse problems -have knowledge about legal framework that forms the basis for measures in child protection and child welfare -have research-based knowledge about various measures and methods used in the follow-up of children and families in child welfare services - have knowledge about family crises and emergency services in child welfare services - have knowledge about developmental support- and trauma-based care - have knowledge about family and networking work - have knowledge about vulnerable children and young people's social lives and conditions that contributes to coping, learning, development, well-being, security, confidence building and health promotion -has knowledge about resource-focused and solution-oriented communication with children, young people and parents in vulnerable life situations. -Has knowledge about how different forms of play and activities can contribute to children's and young people's mastery, learning and development -Has knowledge about how their own understanding can lay the foundations for communication and collaboration with children and families -Has knowledge about recruitment, training, matching and how to follow-up foster homes -knowledge about various ways to evaluate measures in collaboration with children and families -knowledge about what other agencies can help to improve at-risk children and young people's everyday life and well-being Skills: -can apply the Child Welfare Act's rules for conditions that must be met to implement measures -can account for what other services can help in improving the child's situation and everyday life child welfare assessments, various measures and methods that are relevant in relation to change and development support in cases relating to neglect of care, unhealth, violence, abuse and substance abuse problems and explain their strengths and weaknesses - can reflect around vulnerable children and parents' participation and legal protection related to child welfare measures -can communicate in a resource-focused and solution-oriented way with children in vulnerable life situations and use play and activities intended to promote children and young people's coping, learning and development -can identify and reflect on ethical dilemma related to action work with vulnerable children and families General competence: - has insight into professional, legal and ethical considerations related to implementation and follow-up of measures based on the needs of the child and the family -can show cultural sensitivity when assessing measures and change work - can plan a child welfare professional course in line with academic, legal and ethical principles -can justify and communicate written choices and decisions related to child protection and child welfare measures -knowledge of research and development work within support and care measures in relation to vulnerable children and young people

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, preliminary assignments, topic based group work, skills training, case work, self-study, written assignments and oral presentations

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation in mandatory activities
  • Written assignment based on mandatory activitis
  • Oral presentation

Further on evaluation

Compulsory activity:
i) Participation, minimum 80% in 4 skills training, and group work with case

ii) Written assignment based on skills training

iii) Oral presentation for fellow students based on a given assignment

Compulsory activity must be approved in order to take the exam

Exam: 4 hours written school exam, Letter grade

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Social Education and Child Welfare Work Programme (HSGBVB)

Required previous knowledge

Students must have passed all exams in the first semester and 45 credits in the program in order to take the exam in this course.

The course has study rights requirements. The course is reserved for students admitted to the program Bachelor in Child Protection and Child Welfare at NTNU.

Course materials

Will be published in Blackboard when the course starts.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Child Welfare
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Social Work



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 LOVSAMLING
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 LOVSAMLING
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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