Child protection specialization

Child protection specialization

Child protection specialization requirements

Students pursuing the child protection specialization will be introduced to and will explore the latest policy, legislation and practice frameworks in child welfare practices. Students will work with critical theories, contextual analysis, and decolonizing praxis, with an emphasis on ethical and responsive frameworks. The courses explores child welfare systems across Canada, however learners will need to consider there is a specific focus on BC provincial legislation and policies. There are three required courses and a practicum specific to child protection that need to be fulfilled. The courses are CYC 250, CYC 350, CYC 370 or CYC 330 (if taking the Indigenous specialization) and CYC 411 practicum block. 

BC Students in the child protection specialization must complete all core CYC courses and a 4th year practicum with the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency. These are block practicums only (CYC 411). Students must have all pre and co-requisite courses completed before they can begin this practicum. This is a full-time practicum for approximately 35 hours per week, for a total of 400 hours.

There are five possible regions that students may be accepted to work or practice for the child protection specialization; Vancouver Island, Coastal Vancouver, South/East Fraser, North and South Interior, and Northern Region. 

Students are required to meet a minimum grade of 65% (C+) in the course in order to fulfill their specialization requirement.

Courses required for the child protection specialization:

Course number Course title Units Notes
CYC 250 Law, Indigenous People and the TRC Calls to Action 1.5 Core course needed as prerequisite for CYC 350.
CYC 350 Applying CYC Practice in Child Welfare Contexts 1.5

CYC 370 OR

Indigenous specialization students can take CYC 330 in lieu of CYC 370

Applying Assessment and Case Planning in CYC Practice OR

Applied Practice in Indigenous Contexts

1.5

CYC 411

Advanced Supervised Block Practicum 4.5 400 hour block practicum. Must be completed at MCFD or Delegated Aboriginal Agencies (otherwise known as DAA's)