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Task Description
This task requires students to reflect upon key issues presented in the unit content and complete three (3) x 500 word responses to the questions under Task Instructions.

Working with and supporting children and families within the context of their community can present challenges. Early childhood professionals should reflect on the diversity of issues that face children and families. The aim of this assessment task is for students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding regarding contemporary and diverse issues facing children, families and communities.
Task Instructions
You are required to answer each of the following three questions in approximately 500 words. All responses must be literature supported.
Question 1
The internet provides new opportunities for social connection for people who are isolated. With reference to the Unit materials provide responses to the following statements.
Part A:

Find an example of a website that enables isolated families from different socio-cultural backgrounds to make social connections that will assist them with their parenting. Write a short statement about the website.

Part B:
Do you believe the social contentedness achieved through the internet bring the same benefits to families as face-to-face social connections? Why or why not?

Question 2
With reference to the Unit materials provide responses to the following statements.
Part A: Why is it difficult to provide a clear definition of abuse and neglect?
Part B: To what extent do you think that child protection is a community responsibility?
Part C: What do you think are the barriers to community responsibility in this area?

Question 3
With reference to the Unit materials provide responses to the following statements.
Part A: Investigate an Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) service or organisation of your choice and review the extent to which parents have a role in governance and opportunities to influence design and implementation of the setting. You are encouraged to use a range of strategies to gather information about your chosen setting such as; reviewing the ECEC website and social media pages, searching ACECQA service ratings : https://www.acecqa.gov.au/resources/national-registers/services. You might also like to telephone your chosen setting to ask questions relevant to the assessment task.
Part B: In what ways could your chosen service improve their partnerships with families?
Follow the steps below to complete this task:
 Create a new Word Document and save it with your surname and initial and the assessment task’s name. E.g: MillsA_assessment2_portfolio
 Create a cover page with the following details:
o Student name
o Student ID
o Unit code
o Unit Assessor and Tutor names
o Date submitted
 Complete three (3) x 500 word responses to the prompts listed above. Responses must be
literature supported.
 Complete one reference list for the entire assessment task.
 Once complete, submit task via the Turnitin link in the Assessment and Submission section of the unit site.
 Adhere to APA7 formatting guidelines
Referencing Style

APA 7th referencing format is required in Faculty of Education assessment tasks – link to SCU
Libguide here: APA 7 Referencing.
Task Submission
Assessments should be submitted using the Turnitin activity titled “Assessment 2: Portfolio” in the
Submission section on the Blackboard TCHR2002 site. Only Microsoft Word documents submitted via the Turnitin portal on Blackboard will be accepted. You must label your submission with your surname and initials and the assessment task's name, e.g: MillsA_assessment2_portfolio
Special Consideration
Students wishing to request special consideration to extend the due date of an assessment task must submit a Request for Special Consideration form via their MyEnrolment page as early as possible and prior to the original due date for that assessment task, along with any accompanying documents, such as medical certificates.
Late Submissions & Penalties
Except when special consideration is awarded, late submission of assessment tasks will lead automatically to the imposition of a penalty. Penalties will be incurred as soon as the deadline is reached.
• a penalty of 5% of the available marks will be deducted from the actual mark atone minute after the time listed in the due date
• a further penalty of 5% of the available mark will be deducted from the actual mark achieved on each subsequent calendar day until the mark reaches zero.”

Assignments that have been submitted by the due date will receive an SCU grade and written feedback. Grades and feedback will be posted to “Grades & Feedback” section on the Blackboard unit site. Please allow 7 working days for marks to be posted.
Academic Integrity
At Southern Cross University academic integrity means behaving with the values of honesty, fairness, trustworthiness, courage, responsibility and respect in relation to academic work. The Southern Cross University Academic Integrity Framework aims to develop a holistic, systematic and
consistent approach to addressing academic integrity across the entire University. For more information see the SCU Academic Integrity Framework

Generative Artificial Intelligence tools
I am reminding you that Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) tools are NOT permitted for use in this assessment (see Assessment Information Booklet, Section 8.0). Using any such tools constitutes academic misconduct, as you are not the author/creator of the assessment you are submitting. Futurepedia is a good starting point for checking to make sure the tool/app that you want to use is not GenAI driven; however, remember that new artificial intelligence tools are coming online daily, so take a screenshot.

As a student in the contemporary world, I am going to suggest to you that you should take steps to safeguard yourself from academic misconduct by making sure that you keep records of your processes when completing your assessment – e.g., screenshots (with date and time evident), log of
search history, different versions of files etc. You don’t have to do this; it’s just a suggestion. Another suggestion is to use a free GenAI checker (see if you agree with their T&Cs first) to make sure it flags your submission as ‘written by a human’.