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Contexts of Child Protection

Code: LPSI212     Acronym: CPC

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Psychology

Instance: 2021/2022 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Psychology
Course/CS Responsible: First degree in Psychology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PSIC 57 Official Curricular Structure 2 - 3 27 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Maria Adelina Acciaiuoli Faria Barbosa Ducharne

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 2 4,00
Maria Adelina Acciaiuoli Faria Barbosa Ducharne 2,00
Joana Lara Ferreira Soares 2,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


This Curricular Unit aims at approaching the basic concepts of Psychology applied to the child protection contexts

Learning outcomes and competences

At the end of the semester, students are expected to:

  1. Know the legal framework that defines the System for the Promotion and Protection of the Children's Rights
  2. Know the circumstances that determine the screening of a child by the Protection system, as well as the Child Protection contexts and the professional procedures involved in the process of protecting a child
  3. Know the multidisciplinary work developed within the scope of the Protection System, with special emphasis on the one developed by psychology professionals in the protection contexts
  4. Be aware of the main theoretical models of the psychological approach to child protection issues
  5. Be aware of the main contributions of research in the field and its implications in the definition of Child Protection professional practices.

Working method



  1. The national and international legal framework on Child Protection and the Rights of the Child.

  2. Definition and organization of child protection contexts

  3. Characteristics and needs of the child in the protection system

  4. Characteristics and needs of families involved in the Protection System (birth families, foster families and adoptive families)

  5. Quality of protection contexts

  6. Introduction to professional intervention programmes in Child Protection (family preservation, family reunification, family foster care, residential care and adoption).

Mandatory literature

Amorós Martí Pere; Acogimiento familiar. ISBN: 84-206-4593-1
Brodzinsky, D.M. & Palacios, J. ; Psychological issues in adoption: Research and practice, Praeger, 2005
Mallon, G.P. & Hess, P.M. (Eds.); Child welfare for the 21st century: A handbook of practices, policies, and programs, Columbia University Press, 2014
Mccall, R.B., Van Ijzendoorn, M. H. Juffer, F., Groark, C. J, & Groza, V. K. (Eds.). ; Children without permanent parents: Research, practice, and policy. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 76(4), 2011

Complementary Bibliography

Javier Rafael A. 070; Handbook of adoption. ISBN: 1-4129-2751-X

Teaching methods and learning activities

This Curricular Unit is part of the first cycle of studies in Psychology. Thus, the need for greater structure in the teaching methods used is taken into account. These are as follows:

  1. Lectures
  2. Watching of films and holding of debates
  3. Participation of students in practical activities, under the guidance of the teacher in work done in the classroom and supervision of the teacher in work done outside. These activities include both specific literature review and contact with contexts of Child Protection


Social sciences > Psychological sciences
Social sciences

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 20,00
Trabalho de campo 20,00
Trabalho escrito 35,00
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 25,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 23,00
Frequência das aulas 28,00
Trabalho de campo 15,00
Trabalho escrito 15,00
Total: 81,00

Eligibility for exams

Students must attend at least 75% of classes and carry out the proposed practical work.

Calculation formula of final grade

The final classification is the sum of the grades obtained in the different components (attendance, bibliographic research, field work and written work) according to the weighting assigned to each one. The final grade is marked out of 20.

Examinations or Special Assignments

Special situations will be analyzed on a case-by-case basis, through their presentation by students in the first week of classes.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

The assiduity requirement is not applied, but the students are not exempt from carrying out the tasks corresponding to the distributed evaluation that are part of this CU. It follows the FPCEUP regulation (see art. 9th).

Classification improvement

Grade improvement requires the re-registration in the UC in the year following the one of accomplishment of the same, according to regulation.

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