Course Title: Work legally and ethically

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

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

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.




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

Learning activities:


This course 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 will undertake in the workshops are:

  • Class discussion
  • Documentary viewing and discussion
  • Group work projects
  • Questioning
  • Reflections and reviewing own value systems

Teaching Schedule





Elements of Competency


Assessment Due Dates

1 & 2

Georgia Trapalis



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

3 & 4

Georgia Trapalis



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


5 & 6

Georgia Trapalis



Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session




Task 1:Questions and answers in response to Case study.

This assessment will be conducted in class on the week beginning April 30th.


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.

7 & 8

Georgia Trapalis



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

9 & 10

Georgia Trapalis



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.

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

1.1,1.2, 2.1,2.2


Task 2: Questions and answers relating to the development of a privacy policy.

This assessment will be conducted in class on the week beginning 14th May.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

  Assessment task 1    This assessment requires you to respond to questions regarding two short case studies that represent legal and/or ethical considerations in youth work.   Assessment task 2   This assessment requires you to consider the elements of developing a privacy policy that aligns with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, you will be required to provide written responses to a series of questions relating to the guidelines provided.      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 Equitable Learning 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:



Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1

Written response to a case study scenario.

Answer five questions about legal and ethical issues and values, duty of care and organisational policy relating to youth work practice outlined the case study. (Word limit 50-100 words per question unless otherwise specified)


Assessment Task 2

Develop a privacy policy according to the guidelines of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner for a fictional youth holiday camp that you are working for covering the legal and ethical frameworks for youth work practice.  

In order to develop the policy read the case study outlining how the holiday camp is run, and the young people in attendance, read the guidelines on developing a privacy policy provided and answer five questions to guide you in developing the privacy policy for the camp.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Work Integrated Learning course is part of the Certificate IV in Youth work qualification.  You must complete 80 hours of work placement in a youth work organisation, undertaking the kinds of professional tasks you could expect to perform employed as a youth worker..

Police Check
You must obtain evidence of a satisfactory National Police Records Check before undertaking work placements and will need to pay the associated costs.
You may be required to obtain a satisfactory National Police Records Check at the request of their placement agency.

Working with Children
You must provide evidence of a satisfactory Working with Children check before undertaking work placements and will need to pay the associated costs.
You may be required to obtain a satisfactory Working with Children Check at the request of their placement agency.

You may be required to provide evidence of immunisation for certain diseases before undertaking work placement. You will need to discuss the specific requirements of your placement with the course coordinator and/or WIL practitioner and will need to pay the associated costs for immunisation.

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 work submitted in hardcopy. For every piece of work submitted online you will complete an e-Declaration. The signed cover sheet or e-Declaration acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.


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 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:

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
1. a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
2. b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
3. c) You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

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 – and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations –;ID=r7a7an6qug93

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