Course Title: Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: HWSS6096C

Course Title: Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5331 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact: Dianne Mackay

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4454

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 80

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 gain the skills and knowledge required to identify networking an collaboration needs and develop formal and informal partnerships to enhance service delivery and improve professional practice. This unit will assist individuals take pro-active responsibility for improving collaboration between workers and organisations.

This unit is taught and assessed with 

CHCCS007 Develop and implement service programs and

CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships


1. Identify networking and collaboration needs and opportunities

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate the ways in which individual and organisation performance may be improved through collaboration

1.2 Identify and prioritise organisation and individual needs

1.3 Identify gaps in networks and collaborative practice and identify required action to fill the gap


2. Develop collaboration strategies

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Gather and review information about relevant services, organisations and key people

2.2 Pro-actively initiate relationships with other inter and intra sectoral professionals and organisations

2.3 Share information and resources, where possible, with other organisations to overcome duplication in service delivery

2.4 Maintain currency and accessibility of information

2.5 Define and document the type and level of collaboration, and negotiate with the relevant people


3. Work collaboratively

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify opportunities that meet client, personal and organisation goals

3.2 Plan and implement integrated projects and service delivery

3.3 Liaise with staff from relevant organisations on a formal and informal basis


4. Represent the organisation

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Promote a positive image of the organisation at available opportunities

4.2 Communicate issues, policies and practices of the organisation in appropriate formats

4.3 Implement confidentiality measures that protect client, organisation and network


5. Maintain and enhance networks and collaborative partnerships

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Maintain networks and other work relationships to provide identifiable benefits for clients and the organisation

5.2 Improve and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

5.3 Monitor benefits to worker, organisation and client group in ongoing participation

5.4 Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of collaborations and make recommendations for action

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 will undertake in the workshops are:

  • 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




Session 1


·         Introduction to Unit

·         Learning Intentions – Overview of skills and knowledge required

·         Workplace and work role context

·         Assessment requirements

·         Work integrated learning

·         Legal and Ethical considerations

·         Collaboration and Ethical considerations







Session 2


·         Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session

·         Principles of networking and collaboration



·         Different types of networks

·         Benefits of networking












Session 3


·         Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session

·         Partnerships: What, how, why and when

·         How to develop and maintain effective partnerships

·         Values, limitations and dynamics of partnerships development







Session 4


·         Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session

·         Established Networks in relevant area of work (assessment planning)

·         Network and collaboration strategies across service delivery areas







Session 5


·         Understanding your role

·         Potential service users

·         Consumer Engagement Plan

·         Service user participation in all aspects of the process

·         How to develop a plan for consumer participation

·         Developing a needs analysis









Session 6


·         What comes out of the needs analysis?

·         Focus groups

·         Components of the program plan:

1.   Purpose & Description of the program 

2.   Possible service users

3.   Cultural and ethical (disabilities, aged care etc.) considerations

4.   Considerations about how service user access the program-supports needed for accessibility

5.   Funding & resources

6.   Timelines

7.   Roles and responsibilities & training required 

8.   Identifying stakeholders

9.   Methods for inclusive Monitoring & Evaluation

·         Proposed outcomes










Session 7


·         Facilitation of Internal and external Stakeholders in the process

·         Meetings 

·         Involving individuals/groups accessing the program in aspects of program management












Session 8



·       Time, equipment, human resource,


·       Where can it come from

·       Levels of funding

·       Supporting systems and procedures

Supporting Systems & Procedures

·       What supports and systems need to be utilised?

·       What processes and procedures need to be understood?

Evaluation Methods

·       Ways to evaluate community service programs

·       Evaluation forms/surveys

·       Continuous Improvement








Session 9


Developing the Program Design

·         Revise last session

Development of Session Outline

·         Develop session template

·         Considering the structure

·         Making it engaging

Development of an evaluation form

·         Teacher to facilitate development of the evaluation form as a group task or students can work in pairs to develop









Session 10


·         Reviewing program objectives taking into consideration policy and budget guidelines

·         Why it’s so important to get feedback from service users







Session 11


·         Exploration of internal and external communication needs in a variety of Youth Work industry settings

·         Overview of collaborative interactions and competing or conflicting interests among various providers and the use of network meetings and community engagement projects

·         Development of communication strategies, plans and analysis of use of effective procedures to meet defined outcomes








Session 12


·         Identifying a board range of communication protocols and matching a variety of communication strategies to meet the needs of organisation and personnel, individual service, stakeholders and a range of clients

·         Developing communication processes and protocols to meet a range of needs and varying levels of organisation

·         Implementation of the above communication protocols including crisis protocols






Session 13


·         Respect and Valuing others and the requirements of appropriate provision of a range of communication strategies

·         Exploration of use of communication strategies in line with legal and ethical considerations, particularly relating to cultural diversity and social differences

·         What are some common barriers to effective communication? Strategies for overcoming barriers

·         What are common involuntary clients communication needs and protocols, e.g. Juvenile Justice or Child Protection clients







Session 14


·         Receiving constructive feedback

·         Identify opportunities for continuous improvement

·         How to apply mentoring and coaching principles and practices in the workplace





Session 15


Final Class

Review topics

Evaluation of content













Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will be provided with the resources and tools for learning in this course.  These resources will also be provided in Blackboard.  They include recommended texts, relevant learning materials from subject experts and websites, DVD’s, class notes, case studies.

Overview of Assessment


 Assessment type

 Assessment one

Two tasks involve group and individual work and written responses to:

1.     plan for consumer and stakeholder engagement

2.     develop the program plan

 Assessment two

 Written response and presentation on developing strategies for collaborative practice


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Assessment Tasks

Assessment one

The tasks involve group and individual work to:

  1. plan to engage with young people and relevant local youth work service providers and stakeholders eto plan youth work programs to meet the needs of young people
  2. develop a youth work program plan.

 Parts A and B of this task:

  • are based on one scenario
  • involve group work
  • will be undertaken mainly during class time.

Assessment two

This task requires you to work in small groups to develop communication strategies to enhance collaborative practice between agencies and stakeholders n the youth work sector.

  • Present one (1) of your communication plans to the class (or another group)
  • Set your work up as a PowerPoint presentation to address strategy points.

This unit assessed with:

CHCCS007 Develop and implement service programs and

CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies



Assessment Matrix

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

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