Course Title: Work legally and ethically

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: HWSS6095C

Course Title: Work legally and ethically

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4352 - Certificate IV in Youth Work

Course Contact: Dianne Mackay

Course Contact Phone: +61 (3) 9925 4454

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dianne Mackay

Nominal Hours: 55

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this unit students will develop skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role.


This unit is delivered with HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health safety


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically


1. Identify and respond to legal requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify, access and interpret sources of information about the legal requirements that apply to the work role

1.2 Identify the scope and nature of own legal rights and  responsibilities

1.3 Adhere to legal requirements in work practice according to workplace policies and procedures and scope of role

1.4 Recognise potential or actual breaches and report according to organisation procedures


2. Identify and meet ethical responsibilities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify, access and interpret sources of information about the ethical responsibilities that apply to the work role

2.2 Identify the scope and nature of own ethical responsibilities

2.3 Meet ethical responsibilities according to workplace policies and protocols, and scope of role

2.4 Recognise potential ethical issues and dilemmas, and discuss with an appropriate person

2.5 Recognise own personal values and attitudes and take into account to ensure non-judgemental practice

2.6 Use effective problem solving techniques when exposed to competing value systems

2.7 Recognise unethical conduct and report to an appropriate person

2.8 Recognise potential and actual conflicts of interest and take appropriate action



3. Contribute to workplace improvements

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify situations where work practices could be improved to meet legal and ethical responsibilities

3.2 Pro-actively share feedback with colleagues and supervisors

3.3 Identify and take opportunities to contribute to the review and development of policies and protocols

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This course’s learning activities will be supported and complimented by RMIT’s on line learning management tool Blackboard.  Other essential learning activities take place during the workshops, and you will also be required to undertake independent studies.  Some learning activities that you may be required to undertake are:

  • workshops
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • group discussion
  • responses to case studies
  • workplace simulations and role plays of youth work practice
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • group projects / activities
  • peer learning
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • guest lecture/presentation
  • research
  • independent project based work
  • ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
  • online learning in Blackboard
  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL) practical placement

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.




Elements of Competency


Introduction to Unit

Learning intentions – Overview of Skills and Knowledge required

Workplace and work role context

Legal and Ethical practice in a youth work context

Statutory and regulatory requirements

Common Law

Duty of Care

Responsibilities of the role/Boundaries

Work legally and ethically 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4


Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session

Children Youth and Families Act 2005

Overview of Court systems /jurisdiction

Policies, procedures and protocols – What are they, why are they important, importance of policy frameworks in community work

Relationship to work role



Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session

Ethics: Definition and work context

YACVIC Code of Ethics: work role implications

Rights and responsibilities and work boundaries.

Confidentiality and consent: workplace applications

Dealing with ethical issues and dilemmas.

Reflection on own values and attitudes and how these could impact on the work role.

Work legally and ethically2.1,2.22.3,2.4,



Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session

Advocacy: strategies and skills sets to support client advocacy work

Referrals to appropriate service to support and address identified needs.

ATSI Legal services, Community Legal Services etc.

Managing and resolving complaints

Work legally and ethically 3.1,3.2,3.3


Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session

Child protection: signs of financial, physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect.

Mandatory reporting

Understanding diversity and how to responding appropriately.

Learning Intentions reflection: skills and knowledge gained.

Work legally and ethically 1.1,1.2, 2.1,2.2


Unit reflection and completion of all assessments related to working legally and ethically.



Introduction to WHS Unit

Learning intentions – Overview of Skills and Knowledge required

Workplace and work role context

Assessment overview.

Assessments for this unit will be delivered online through blackboard.

Workplace health and safety overview.

Relevant legislations and policy frameworks.

Workplace health and safety in a Community service context

Participate in workplace health safety1.1,1.2,1.3.



Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session

Risk assessment tools.

Incident report writing.

Managing client visits.

Participate in workplace health safety2.1,2.2,2.3.


Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session

Case study analysis:

Worksafe risk assessment.

Detailing and reporting work and safety issues within your organisation.

Reflect on own practice

Preparing for working with clients: Risk assessments and work hazards

Participate in workplace health safety3.1,3.2,3.3



Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session

Completion of all W.H.S online assessments

Participate in workplace health safety2.1,3.1,2.2,3.2


Review of both units and reflection on knowledge gained.






Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts




Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment.

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher when you have completed the assessment tasks. 

Assessment 1 

This assessment requires you to consider what it means to work within a legal and ethical framework as a youth worker.

Case study scenario with written answers to questions on working with a client as a youth worker within the legal and ethical framework for youth work practice.   Word limit 50 – 100 words per question.

Assessment 2

This assessment requires you to consider what it means to work within the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations as youth worker with clients.

Case study scenario with written answers to questions on responding to a client “episode” as a youth worker to demonstrate your knowledge of Workplace Health and Safety concerns in youth work practice.  Respond to the case study scenario with a Risk Assessment template found online and in Blackboard.  

You should refer to the assessment plan which is available on Blackboard for details of each assessment task and for detailed assessment criteria.

Grades that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.


A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.


Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca


Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1

This assessment requires you to consider what it means to work within a legal and ethical framework as a youth worker.

Case study scenario with written answers to questions (word limit 50 – 100 words per question) on working with a client as a youth worker to demonstrate yourknowledge of 

  • responding to concerns about personal safety of young people  with your supervisor the and the clients' family,
  • legal requirements of your work role, including duty of care,
  • responding to co-workers inappropriate communication with clients, and suggestions for positive improvements to staff behaviour,
  • organisational policy for working with clients,
  • resolving ‘ethical dilemmas’. 

Assessment 2

Case study scenario with written answers to questions on responding to a client “episode” as a youth worker to demonstrate your knowledge of 

This assessment requires you to consider what it means to work within the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations as a youth worker and answer question on:

  • emergency procedures,
  • calling on assistance to deal with a workplace incident,
  • incident reporting using a workplace template,
  • impacts of workplace incidents on the worker, clients
  • worker safety considerations,
  • managing workplace induced stress.
  • communicating issues to the Workplace Health and Safety Officer  and
  • Contributing a suggestion about how to improve client and worker safety to your Workplace Health and Safety representative and
  • reflecting on managing self-care.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of implications of plagiarism.


It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.


Applying for an Extension

Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. Speak with your teacher or course coordinator regarding applying for an extension.


Applying for Special Consideration

If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:


Academic Integrity

Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.


If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:

The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing


Plagiarism and Collusion

Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.


Examples of plagiarism include:

  • Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
  • Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
  • Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
  • Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
  • Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
  • Copying a whole or any part of another student's work; and
  • Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
  • Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.


For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 (unresolved) – and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations –;ID=r7a7an6qug93


Plagiarism Software

The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:


Complaints Procedure:

RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.


Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.


Student Complaints Policy:

Student complaints Procedure:;ID=i1lexipvjt22

Student Complaints Form:

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