cod. 1010720

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Sociologia generale (SPS/07)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
12 hours
of face-to-face activities
1 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The module intends to provide some essential elements on the protection of minors, aimed at outlining the role of social services but above all that of the Social Worker who works in these services, whose professional specificity is fundamental in the construction of the network for the protection of children and 'adolescence.
In particular, at the end of the course, it is hoped that the student will have greater clarity with respect to the following topics:
- Ethics of justice and ethics of care; "child protection oriented" protection systems and "family supported oriented" systems; the control function and the support function
- Centrality of the aid project with minors and families as the essence of social work, both in the coercive and consensual spheres
- The relationship with the Juvenile Court and with the Ordinary Court: the technical-professional function and the autonomy of the Social Worker
- The best interests of the minor: the protection of the minor as a set of interventions that create the conditions for its harmonious development
- Obligation to report to the Judicial Authority: the "double" track of the protection of minors
- The removal of the minor from the family, the recovery work and support of the parents' skills, the return of the minor to the nucleus of origin: dispelling the myth of the Social Worker who "steals children"
- Networking and socio-health integration


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Course unit content

The module will address the theme of the protection of minors in Italy with respect to the mandate and role of the Social Worker who works in the Child Protection social services.
In particular, the following topics will be addressed:
- The "productive" process of the Child Protection Social Service
- The relationship with the Judicial Authority
- Compulsory reporting and timely reporting
- Sexual abuse, mistreatment, witnessing violence and neglect
- Judicial separations and custody conflicts after Law 54/2006; the role of the service and that of the CTU
- The removal of minors from the family: the Court Decree and art. 403 CC (with reference to the enabling law amending Family Law)
- Unaccompanied Foreign Minors (UAM)

Full programme

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The study material for the exam will be provided by the teacher in the form of slides and in-depth diagrams.

Teaching methods

The lectures, of the frontal type, will take place in presence with the help of slides, videos and case narratives.

Assessment methods and criteria

The method of evaluating the objectives achieved will be unique and will focus on the topics covered in all modules. The verification will take place through a WRITTEN exam (multiple choice quiz) with n. 30 questions, which will cover all the topics covered during the lessons, seminars and contents in the bibliography, aimed at evaluating the study and learning of the theoretical / practical notions.
The test lasts 1 hour.
Each question is worth 1 point, for a maximum total of 30 points. In the event that the student scores 29 points, the grade assigned will be 30/30; if, on the other hand, he achieves 30 points, the mark will be 30 cum laude. In other cases, the number of points corresponds to the same mark out of thirty. The exam is considered passed if you score 18 or more points.
The student must answer all the questions.
For Erasmus students and students with special needs, the duration of the test will be 1 hour and 20 minutes

Other information

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