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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

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

Dianne Mackay

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

Learning activities may include:

  • class exercises to review teacher presentations/videos
  • teacher presentations/lectures
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • seminars/workshops
  • projects
  • group projects
  • peer learning
  • guest presentations by youth workers employed in the industry
  • 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
  • simulated workplace role plays

Teaching Schedule

This course will be delivered over six half-day sessions and complimented with work integrated learning.



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

Legislation and policy frameworks

Human Rights

Responsibilities and Professional Boundaries



Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session










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




Risk identification

Self Harm / Exploitation

Impact of risk of harm 

Trauma-informed care


Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session

Responding to disclosure

Mandatory reporting

Child Safe Standards/ Child First





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

Class time will be allocated to completing assessment task with guidance from teacher




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

Class time will be allocated to completing assessment tasks with guidance from teacher.



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

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 one

Written responses to a case study scenario about:

  1. core responsibilities and legislation that needs to be met by youth workers to support the protection of children and young people
  2. communication protocols to reflect child-focused work practices at a youth work agency
  3. youth work principles
  4. DHHS policies and relevant legislation including duty of care, Rights of the Child
  5. Ethical and nurturing work practices
  6. Using the Youth Affairs of Victoria Ethical Practice guidelines
  7. Mission statement reflecting ethical practices in youth work
  8. Staff supervision practices at a youth work agency

Assessment  two

Written report on implementing a practice framework to support the protection of children and young people.

Report content should include: child abuse and neglect definitions, risk resilience, trauma, duty of care, ethical and nurturing work practices and policy frameworks.

Assessment three

Observation in workplace environment or a simulated workplace environment if the WIL work placement agency cannot provide the opportunity for the student to demonstrate skills - For this part of the assessment you will be observed either in a simulated environment (in class) or whilst on your practical placement by the RMIT facilitator/assessor. You will be observed demonstrating the following points:

These are from the outline of the unit of competency in the assessment section

• implemented work practices which support the protection of children and young people, including:
• complying with regulations, legislations and duty of care responsibilities
• employing child-focused work practices to uphold the rights of children and young people
• maintaining confidentiality
• providing appropriate responses in the protection of children and young people
• read and interpreted the procedures for reporting children at risk in line with organisational expectations and legislative requirements.

Work place assessment details

  • Work placement hours (240 hours to be completed)
  • ‘Workplace simulation role play’ (completed in class)
  • Written response to questions
  • Work placement report (1500 words) and
  • WIL work placement supervisors report (completed by your WIL work placement supervisor)

Assessment four

Observation in either a simulated or workplace environment.  Your RMIT assesses will observe you in workplace simulation role plays and in the workplace on your WIL workplacement.

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

Work Integrated Learning

This is a Work Integrated Learning course in which you will complete a 240 hour placement in an organisation, undertaking the kinds of professional tasks you could expect in your work after graduation.

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 (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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