Course Title: Youth Work and Statutory Agencies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Youth Work and Statutory Agencies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007

Course Coordinator: Kerry Montero

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

none required

Course Description

This course is a youth-work elective taken in the second or third year of the program
and is available to non-youth-work students. It is designed to help students prepare for effective professional practice in a variety of statutory agencies. The syllabus is intended to help you develop a working knowledge of statutory organizations, found for example, in juvenile justice or child protection and education, as well as develop a repertoire of practice skills and reflexive professional practice. The course provides a survey of key relevant legislation and an explanation of how that connects to the lives of young people, their families, the community, the policies and cultures of specific agencies, as well as their own practice as youth workers. Case studies will include child protection, juvenile justice, and education. Which case study will be used in any given year will vary according to the needs of students and the sector.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

By the end of this course you will be: able to demonstrate the key components of effective practice in statutory agencies; appreciate how relevant legislation shapes the lives of some young people, their families, communities, specified institutions and youth work practice; able to apply your knowledge and skills in specific settings; able to develop strategies for resolving specific practical ethical issues that may be encountered while working with ‘clients’ in statutory agencies; able to articulate how working for mandated ‘clients’ informs youth-work practice, and be able to develop strategies for effective change.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be able to engage in a variety of lectures and smaller classes.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to use a prescribed text.

Overview of Assessment

You will be able to prepare assessment tasks with a total word length or equivalent of 4,000 words.