Course Title: Engage respectfully with young people

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: HWSS6016C

Course Title: Engage respectfully with young people

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5331 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact: Dianne Mackey

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4454

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

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with young people (aged 12 to 25 years) in work roles with a specific focus on young people.

This unit is taught and assessed with CHCYTH002 Work effectively with young people in youth work context 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people


1. Communicate effectively with young people

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Listen to the young person to gain understanding of their experiences
1.2 Foster communication exchanges that support the development of trust and rapport
1.3 Process information about the young person’s situation from their perspective
1.4 Use a range of appropriate communication strategies to engage with young people
1.5 Consider cultural sensitivities in communication techniques and adapt style and language to accommodate different cultural values and practices
1.6 Maintain young person’s confidentiality in the context that the young person is the primary stakeholder


2. Reflect understanding of youth cultures and subcultures and young person’s own development

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Consider youth culture and subcultures of the young person in all actions and decisions
2.2 Consider the young person’s individual development in all actions and decisions
2.3 Evaluate issues in relation to young person’s culture and modify approaches appropriately
2.4 Select activities and resources to promote awareness, respect the young person and value diversity
2.5 Establish guidelines that are relevant to the culture and background of the young person
2.6 Assess the impact of own cultural values, cultural lens and ethnocentrism in youth work



3. Work with the young person as the focus

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Apply youth-centred practices when working with young people
3.2 Respect the rights, needs and responsibilities of the young person
3.3 Explain worker rights and responsibilities to the young person as necessary
3.4 Establish a professional relationship and boundary expectations with the client
3.5 Identify and manage power inequities in the professional relationship


4. Reflect on own practice and values

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify opportunities to reflect on own interactions and practices with young people
4.2 Recognise areas where own biases, background and opinions may have impacted on work with the young person
4.3 Seek opportunities to address any concerns or areas for development

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 is delivered with the following course: CHCYTH002 Work effectively with young people and must both be assessed in the workplace. 

Activities that students will engage in while undertaking this course include

  • work placements
  • group activities
  • case studies
  • paired work
  • reading of articles
  • class discussions

Teaching Schedule

Please refer to the class timetable in respect to the following schedule of activities:
Class 1:
What is youth work?
• Youth from a historical, economic, political and social context
Class 2:
• Youth development
• Youth centred practices
• Knowledge quiz due
Class 3:
• Communicating effectively with young people
• Case study due
Class 4:
Core values of youth work practice
• Reflect on own practice
Other classes for this course will be delivered as part of the WIL workshops to help students with their WIL assessment. 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Additional resources will also be available in ‘Blackboard’. A set of readings will be made available to you including journals and texts that may support you in the program.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment 1

Case study - written responses to questions and answers – Respond the case study about working with a young person in a youth work agency

Assessment 2

  • Research identifying three resources outlining  a youth work theory or framework
  • Written responses to questions on a youth work theory or framework

Assessment 3

Work place assessment including 240 hours of WIL placement, role play, demonstration of skills in a simulated work environment, written response to questions, work placement report, WI workplace supervisor report, and assessment by the RMIT supervisor in the workplace

Assessment 4

Observation in the workplace environment by the RMIT supervisor


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

There are three assessment tasks for this course
1. Knowledge quiz - based on the theory presented in class students will be required to complete the knowledge quiz.. Due date 18.02.2015.
2. Case study - Students will be given a case study which is relevant to the course. They will be required to answer two extended questions. Due date 25.03.2015.
3. Work placement assignment - You are required to complete a Work Placement Assignment while you are on Work Placement. The complete Work Placement Assignment is located in your Work Placement Logbook. The Assignment is in three parts with questions that focus on three different young people/groups of young people that you work with on Work Placement. Part A of the Work Placement Assignment focuses on this course . You must complete all three parts of the Assignment and all other Assessment tasks to gain competency in these courses.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant course. These are available from the Program Co-ordinator.

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
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 the plagiarism implications.

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

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n


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