Course Title: Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: HWSS6015C

Course Title: Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5331 - Diploma of 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

Trevor Bayley

Nominal Hours: 40

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 course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to support and protect children and young people who are at risk of harm. This work occurs within legislative and policy frameworks and carries a duty of care responsibility.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk


1. Implement work practices which support the protection of children and young people

Performance Criteria:

1.1       Identify children and young people at risk of abuse or neglect by observing signs and symptoms, asking open and non-leading questions, being aware of protective issues and using child protection procedures where appropriate

1.2       Respond to disclosure, information or signs and symptoms in accordance with state legislative responsibilities and the service policies and procedures

1.3       Routinely employ child-focused work practices to uphold the rights of the child and encourage them to participate in age-appropriate decision-making

1.4       Employ communication and information-gathering techniques with children and young people in accordance with current recognised good practice

1.5       Ensure decisions and actions taken are within own level of responsibility, work role, state legislation and service policies and procedures


2. Report indications of possible risk of harm

Performance Criteria:

2.1       Accurately record relevant specific and general circumstances surrounding risk of harm in accordance with state legislation, service policies and procedures and ethics

2.2       Promptly record and report risk-of-harm indicators, including the circumstances surrounding the risk of harm according to service policies and procedures

2.3       Ensure writing in reports is non-judgemental

2.4  Work collaboratively with relevant agencies to ensure maximum effectiveness of report


3. Apply ethical and nurturing practices in work with children and young people

Performance Criteria:

3.1       Protect the rights of children and young people in the provision of services

3.2       Identify and seek supervision support for issues of ethical concern in practice with children and young people

3.3       Employ ethical and nurturing practices and observe professional boundaries when working with children and young people

3.4  Recognise and report indicators for potential ethical concerns when working with children and young people

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied 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:

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

Teaching Schedule

Note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the 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











Assessment requirements (Case Study Write Up)

Work Integrated Learning

Risk identification

Legislation and policy frameworks

Human Rights

Responsibilities and Professional Boundaries




Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session









Reporting and recording obligations and requirements


Overview of child protection system, including reporting protocols, responses to reporting and interagency policies

State/territory requirements and processes for notifying suspected abuse and reporting process, statutory and policy requirements relating to job role.




Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session




Trauma-informed care

Impact of risk of harm 




Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session

Assessment: Discussion and completion of Identify and Respond to Children and Young People Risk assessment





Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT for ongoing updated information.

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

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive written feedback on all assessment (refer to MyRMIT for assessment criteria).

Assessments will include:


Assessment Type

Assessment one

Written response to questions     75-100 words per question

Assessment two

Role play working with a client or presentation of an organisation's policy

(10 minutes)

Assessment three

Work Integrated Learning - WIL work placement and assessment tasks


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: Case study – written response to questions and/or role play – identify child abuse and neglect, section 162 of Children Youth and Family Act (principles of risk and protective factors, resilience, trauma informed care)

WIL Assessments

Assessment task 2: WIL Work Placement Report – identify impact of social issues on 3 x clients, identify impacts of social institutions on clients, impact of age related factors and services provided by agencies.  Review impact of services provided and how they can be improved.  Evaluate impact on own work role and revise approach based on evaluation with client.

Assessment task 3: Workplace simulation – role play – respond to disclosure of abuse, report indications of risk of harm and get support from your workplace supervisor

Assessment task 4:  WIL work place supervisor third party report – WHS legislation, duty of care, workplace policies for reporting abuse and support from workplace supervisor 

Assessment Matrix

Students will be given an assessment marking guide for reference at the time that the assessment tasks are distributed

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:



Police Checks

Students must obtain their own police check by the due date and pay the associated costs. Students who do not obtain a required police clearance by the due date shall not be able to undertake a practical placement or work experience activity that requires a Police Check.


The University shall not be obligated to organise a placement for a student who does not wish to obtain a Police Check.

Where required by the workplace, students shall provide a copy of their police check on request.

If a student is rejected by a workplace on the basis of a Police Check, the following actions shall occur, as appropriate:

-               advise the student of the outcome; and

-               discuss placement options with the student; and/or

-               provide program and career counselling.


RMIT will not store Police Checks on student files.

Working with Children Check

Students must obtain a Working with Children card by the due date and pay the associated costs. Students who do not obtain clearance to work with children by the due date shall not be able to undertake a practical placement or work experience activity that requires a Working with Children card.


The University shall not be obligated to organise a placement for a student who does not wish to complete the prescribed form for a Working with Children card at the appropriate time.


Where required by the workplace, students shall provide evidence of their Working with Children Check on request.

If a student is rejected by a workplace on the basis of a Working with Children, the following actions shall occur, as appropriate:

-               advise the student of the outcome; and

-               discuss placement options with the student; and/or

-               provide program and career counselling.


Early Termination of Placement


Under section 6 of the WIL Procedure, a placement may be ended early by the host organisation or School due to the student’s conduct and/or performance during the placement.

Possible reasons for such decisions may include, but are not limited to-

  • failure to follow processes required for safety
  • breach of client or patient confidentiality
  • failure to comply with the instructions of supervisors
  • or other unprofessional behaviour

Where a placement ends early, a meeting will be convened to discuss the sequence of events that led to the termination. This meeting will precede any consideration of a student’s progress by the Progress Panel (if applicable) or Program Assessment Board.

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