Course Summary:

The Traffic Lights® Framework (TLF) is an innovative course that facilitates the appropriate identification and response to a broad range of sexual behaviours in children and young people, ranging from behaviours that are normal and age appropriate, to those that are problematic and signal the need for follow up and support.  At its core, is the traffic lights symbol - Green, Orange and Red.  Through the various modules, students learn to apply this representation to the sexual behaviours of children and young people, to enable identification of whether a behaviour is of concern, to understand what the behaviour is communicating, and to respond appropriately to the behaviour, ensuring the safety of the child.  The course focuses on issues related to sexuality in childhood from interdisciplinary perspectives (for example, sociology, psychology, public health, paediatrics and childhood studies), with an emphasis on understanding the ways in which social and cultural systems shape understandings of childhood sexuality and sexuality more generally.

This course explores healthy sexuality in children from 10-17 years and behaviours that are typical and age appropriate. 

The social and cultural context of the sexuality of minority youth including Indigenous Australians, LGBTIQ youth, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children with mental or physical disabilities and children in care are also extensively considered, as it is vital to examine differing understandings and experiences of sexuality in these contexts.  Risk and protective factors that are specific to these minority groups will also be considered.

Learning Outcomes: 

1.  Critically engage with contemporary interdisciplinary approaches to sexuality studies 

2.  Situate understandings of sexuality within a social justice and human rights framework that recognises the importance of sexual ethics, sexual rights, sexual health and sexual education

3.  Demonstrate expertise in understanding healthy sexual development and sexual behaviours and in apply the TLF framework to an extensive range of sexual behaviours displayed by children and young people

4.  Demonstrate a strong understanding of best practice approaches to responding to sexual risk, sexual abuse disclosure or signs of sexual abuse

5.  Critically evaluate the benefits and risks that technology poses to the healthy sexual development and the safety of children and young people

6.  Demonstrate a strong understanding of the needs of minority youth with regards to sexuality and gender identity, and the unique barriers that they face.

Course Rationale:  Traffic Lights®

Assessment:  Quizzes, Reflective Journal and 2 written assignments

Fee:  TBA

Enrolment Intake Date:  TBA 2018

Enrolment End Date:  TBA 2018

Course Start Date:  TBA 2018

Course Completion Date:  TBA 2018

Duration:  100 hours over 11 weeks

CPD Hours:  100

Intakes:  Unlimited

Delivery Method:  Online independent study with tutorial support

Relevant For:  This course is aimed at those with a professional interest in children and young people, such as those in the fields of health, education and child protection.

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