Course Title: Facilitate community participation and social inclusion

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: HWSS6116C

Course Title: Facilitate community participation and social inclusion

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4365 - Certificate IV in Disability

Course Contact: Renee Costa

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4598

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

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

Provision of community based services and supports are central to the disability and community services sectors.  In this unit you will focus on the knowledge and skills required to organise, support and monitor inclusive activities and opportunities developed with the individual. Your role in will be critical in ensuring their access to their local and broader communities to support client aspirations, needs and rights and interests.

This unit is taught with:

CHCDIS007 Facilitate empowerment of people with disability

CHCDIS005  Develop and provide person-centred services  

CHCDIS010  Provide services to people with disability with complex needs

CHCDIV001  Work with diverse people 

This unit is assessed with:

CHCDIS005  Develop and provide person-centred services 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion


1. Support person to identify and engage in social networks within the broad community

Performance Criteria:

networks within the broad community

1.1 Work with the person with disability to identify their strengths, interests, abilities and support requirements so they may engage with a social network within the broad community

1.2 Research, identify and network with relevant services to explore community inclusion opportunities for the client

1.3 Match relevant services and networks to the needs of the person, taking into account their cultural and individual differences

1.4 Work with the person to actively engage in a social network and identify any supports they may need

1.5 Work with the person to identify any possible barriers to participation and inclusion and develop strategies to overcome these

1.6 Identify and access appropriate resources according to organisation policy and protocols

1.7 Provide information about options available to the person with disability, family and/or carer and/or relevant other


2. Assist person and relevant others to develop and implement a community support plan as part of the individualised plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Support person to develop an individualised plan to participate in the community, including all necessary supports required for maximum participation

2.2 Assist person to establish their requirements in order to maximise their participation in neighbourhood and local community life

2.3 Assist the person to identify and access community options as identified in the individualised plan

2.4 Facilitate access to opportunities that establish connections through shared interests with other community members in line with funding, budgetary or financial requirements

2.5 Assist person and their family and/or carer and/or relevant other to select activities that will enhance inclusion

2.6 Support other workers to implement the individualised plan according to requirements of the plan


3. Develop strategies to minimise isolation for person with disability

Performance Criteria:


3.1 Identify support requirements and modifications needed for devices, aids and environment and develop strategies to deal with these in conjunction with the person, their family and/or carer and/or relevant other

3.2 Identify support or devices required to assist with communication

3.3 Determine physical barriers to participation and identify solutions with the person with disability

3.4 Recognise own limitations in addressing issues and seek advice when necessary

3.5 Identify and assess barriers to communication and social participation caused by cognitive deficits and develop solutions

3.6 Discuss travel and transport issues with the person and identify strategies to address these

3.7 Put in place processes to evaluate and ensure ongoing success of strategies


4. Determine risks associated with supporting community participation and inclusion

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Conduct location or activity risk assessment specific to the person’s circumstances

4.2 Discuss elements of risk with the person and appropriate others

4.3 Work with the person and appropriate others to identify and develop strategies to remove or reduce risk

Learning Outcomes


  • class exercises to review discussions and workshops
  • seminars/workshops/presentations
  • practical demonstration and use of workplace equipment and tasks
  • guest presentations
  • group discussions
  • research in and out of class time
  • independent workplace case study
  • group activities/projects

Details of Learning Activities

class exercises to review discussions and workshops
practical demonstration and use of workplace equipment and tasks
guest presentations
group discussions
research in and out of class time
independent workplace case study
group activities/projects

Teaching Schedule

Session 1:

Empowerment, individual support and person centred services
• Overview of course content and assessment requirements.
• Definitions and implications of disability types
• Life areas and the needs people may have
• Identifying and meeting those needs
• Empowerment through knowledge and understanding
• Person centred services – how we develop and maintain individualised services.

Session 2:

Empowerment and person-centredness in a context of community participation and inclusion
• Overview of course content and assessment requirements.
• Contemporary services provision – from the past to the present
• Enabling people to participate in their communities with support and acceptance
• Strengths based practice and active support
• CHCDIS005 &CHCDIS008: Discussion of Assessment task 1 –response to scenarios – Overcoming discrimination in the community.
• CHCDIS005 &CHCDIS008: Discussion of Assessment task 2 – Case Study, Part 1.

Session 3:

Disability work in a diverse community – maintaining and developing individual networks
• Overview of course content and assessment requirements.
• Identifying individual and community networks
• Diversity – cultural, religious, economic, social, gender, sexual orientation
• Identifying how community diversity links with the needs of the people you support
• Reviewing individual and complex support needs and effective planning
• Communication and language needs


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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. Students will need to purchase an RMIT polo top as uniform for placement

Overview of Assessment



Assessment Type

Word limit or equivalent

Assessment one

In-class: 3 scenarios and response.  Person centred inclusion – barriers and strategies. 

300 words per response

Assessment two

Case Study Part 1– based on a person whom you support

Use of RMIT or  organisational formats

Assessment three

Performance evidence: workplace professional discussion and sighting of evidence of work roles, responsibilities and training, Third Party report from workplace supervisor

Documents to be sighted by Assessor within the agency guidelines for privacy and confidentiality.  

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 Task 1: In-class Scenario and response

Person centred inclusion – barriers and strategies. Using your knowledge and experience, the materials provided and discussions from the workshops, respond to the scenarios and questions about proposed community based inclusion.

Assessment Task 2: Case Study Part 1 – based on a person whom you support

The Case Study Part 1 – CHCDIS005/CHCDIS008. Through careful selection of a client whose profile and needs match the 2 units, you will build on evidence of your knowledge, skills and work practices facilitating community participation and inclusion and developing and providing person-centred services. We will spend some time in early workshops talking about the requirements for the units, linking those to your job roles and responsibilities. Clients, families/carers and the organisation should be consulted to inform them of the purpose and outline of the Case study so that they are able to make an informed decision around consent. All identifying details will be altered by each student as they prepare their responses to each part of the Case Study.


Assessment Task 3: Professional Discussion and performance evidence, Third Party Report from Workplace supervisor

This describes skills and knowledge you can demonstrate via your job role facilitating community participation and inclusion and developing and providing person-centred services.. This will be provided via a professional discussion and presentation of workplace evidence during planned workplace visits.


When you have completed all unit tasks to “Satisfactorily completed” standard, you will be signed off as “Competency Achieved” in this unit.

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix for this unit will be available from the Program Coordinator

Other Information


This is a Work Integrated Learning course and you will be assessed either in a simulated environment or the workplace.

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Applying for an Extension
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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;
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• 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.
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Plagiarism Software
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• or other unprofessional behaviour
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