Child and Adolescent Issues


This course is for people currently working or intending to work with children, adolescents and their families within government or community agencies in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The course will provide you with an understanding of some of the issues children and adolescents experience that could require intervention. This will include a Māori  understanding of many of these issues.  

The course will consider how ecological issues such as whānau, family, educational, social, legal and political factors impact on children and adolescents.

You will develop a good understanding of the potential roles within key government agencies and how they work with children and adolescents. The course will cover some of the systems and interventions that have been put in place to respond to some of these issues. This includes the legal and ethical requirements of working with children and adolescents.  

What you will learn

When you successfully complete this course you will be able to:

  • critically analyse a range of issues involving children, adolescents and their families/whānau
  • discuss ethical and legal issues that impact on work with children and adolescents in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • describe key agencies/organisations and systems that have a role in addressing some of the issues experienced by children, adolescents and their families/whānau.


100% internal assessment 


No textbooks are required for this course

Computer and internet requirements

To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • choose the qualification you will study the course under
  • check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.

Work towards

You can do this course as part of these qualifications:

Certificate of Proficiency
Bachelor's Degree

Course availability over the next 12 months


October enrolment dates

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8 Oct 2024
21 Oct 2024
9 Feb 2025

February enrolment dates

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11 Feb 2025
24 Feb 2025
15 Jun 2025

June enrolment dates

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3 Jun 2025
16 Jun 2025
5 Oct 2025