Course Title: Provide advocacy and representation services
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term2 2017
Course Code: LAW5741C
Course Title: Provide advocacy and representation services
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Nominal Hours: 80
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
In this unit students gain the skills and knowledge required to formally represent the interests of young people who use their service. Representation will include the development of community representative roles, and participation in industry forums and meetings to influence policy processes and decision-making.
This unit applies to youth workers who are responsible for providing formal representation services to young people.
This unit is delivered and assessed with:
CHCYTH011 Work effectively with young people and their families
CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
CHCADV002 Provide advocacy and representation services
1. Establish the representative role and process
1.1 Identify role, processes and conditions of representation in consultation with individuals and key groups
1.2 Identify and seek the support of key people and develop strategic alliances
1.3 Determine and implement requirements for reporting, accountability and evaluation
2. Represent the interests of client or client group
2.1 Identify relevant interests and concerns to be pursued in accordance with organisation objectives and priorities
2.2 Undertake work to provide a framework for pursuing promotion of relevant interests
2.3 Create and respond to opportunities to reflect, promote and represent identified interests
2.4 Determine the potential impact developments and decisions will have on objectives and priorities and how success will be measured
2.5 Provide progress and other reports and feedback to key people according to organisation requirements
3. Negotiate outcomes and liaise with key people
3.1 Communicate and promote purpose and objectives
3.2 Promote and facilitate collaborative planning and action
3.3 Identify potential areas of conflict and implement strategies to address them
3.4 Undertake appropriate work with organising committees and board of management to maximise effectiveness
4. Evaluate effectiveness of strategies
4.1 Analyse actual work outcomes and document and report against agreed objectives and priorities
4.2 Implement adjustments to strategy according to the evaluation
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
- design activities or projects
- group projects
- peer learning
- guest lecture/presentation
- peer teaching and class presentations
- group discussion
- independent project based work
- group activities/projects
- ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
- practical placement
Elements of Competency
Roles and Responsibilities and Client Information and Confidentiality
Introduction to Case Management
Introduction to Advocacy
Introduce the four units in this cluster.
Recap on content that overlaps with previous units eg: duty of care and mandatory reporting, roles and responsibilities, rapport and relationship building, client information and privacy and confidentiality.
Legal status of young people and families of young people, power of attorney, guardianship etc
Nature and structure of the community services and health industries
Processes and structures relevant to organisation goals and objectives or work role
Negotiating privacy and confidentiality, rights and responsibilities and complaints.
Define boundaries and establish rapport and trust
Introduction to Case Management
Introduction to Advocacy
CHCCCS016: 2.3 & 3.4
CHCCSM005: 1.4, 2.2, 2.3, 3.6 & 4.4
Building trust in Case Management context
Working with appropriate communication techniques and methods
Considerations, protocols, history and special needs of diverse client populations eg: culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTIQ, people with disabilities.
Contemporary behaviour change models, practices and interventions
Active listening, empathy, body language, eye contact.
Interpreting hidden and complex messages
Principles of group dynamics.
CHCCCS016: 1.1 & 4.2
CHCCSM005: 1.3 & 2.1
Collaboration and team work
Support and assistance
Types of advocacy:
– Self advocacy
– Individual advocacy
– Systems Advocacy
– Citizen and parent advocacy
– Raising awareness
– Action advocacy
– Written advocacy
Community consultation and decision making processes.
Processes and systems to support advocacy
Collaboration and planning
Identifying partner and referral organisations
Planning and structuring interventions
Approaches to service delivery:
– Strengths based
– Rights based
– Person centred
– Needs based
CHCCCS016: 1.3, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1 & 4.3
CHCADV002: 1.2, 3.2 & 3.4
Harm, neglect, abuse
Client and family assessments
Family structure, dynamics, communication and decision-making
Goal setting and appraisal processes with clients
Process of case management meetings
Content of case management plans
Monitor and review case management plans
Identifying issues of concern
Code of conduct
Patterns of behaviour, strengths
Dignity of rights,
Responding to indicators of actual or potential abuse
CHCCCS016: 1.2, 2.1 & 3.3
CHCCSM005: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7, &4.1
Client and family goal setting
Organisational capacity, exiting and closing clients
Responding to opportunities
Identifying organisational capacity
Supporting and encouraging goal setting for client and family
Case management planning and development
Closing and exiting clients
Transitioning clients away from service
CHCCCS016: 3.2 & 4.4
CHCADV002: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 & 3.1
CHCCSM005: 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.7 & 4.5
6. & 7
Monitoring and Evaluation processes
Reporting and accountability
Monitoring outcomes and making changes as appropriate
Adjusting strategies to changing needs
Change management processes
CHCADV002: 1.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.3, 4.1 & 4.2
CHCCSM005: 3.4, 4.1, 4.2 & 4.3
Catch up and revision of assessments in class
Complete any due assessments
Revision of units completed for semester
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 assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard. You will receive written feedback on all assessments via a rubric in Blackboard. (refer to MyRMIT for assessment criteria).
Assessments will include:
Write case notes for case management recommendations for five young people presented in case studies. (500 - 800 words)
Develop a case management plan including activities undertaken in the community for three clients from the case studies provided. (500 - 800 words)
Advocacy activity - chose two clients with different advocacy needs and develop an advocacy action plan that include two approaches to advocacy. (500 - 800 words)
Short answers to questions on the units of competency to demonstrate knowledge. (150 - 300 words)
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 http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter 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: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca
These tasks are based on case study videos of five different young people with different needs and experiences.
Four of the five assessments for this cluster will be based on these young people and your interactions with them so you should become familiar with all five videos and take plenty of notes.
Assessment Task 1) Client case management recommendation for all five case studies.
Using the case studies and case management proformas:
1)make a recommendation for case management for each client,
2) include details of legislative and statutory requirements,
3) explain the intersection of the issues the client is experiencing and
$) complete a client assessment checklist and a client referral checklist.
The case studies will be presented in five videos detailing client experiences. Ensure you have utilised a holistic approach to client response in this task.
Assessment Task 2) Case management plan and activities for three clients from the provided case studies.
Create a detailed case management plan for three clients. You will be provided with templates including an action plan and a care plan to document the case management and activities plan for the clients.
1) Choose three clients from the pool of five case management recommendations in assessment one.
2) Consider the needs of the client and goals the client work can work towards
3) consider and decide on a service delivery approach (strengths based, rights based etc).
Refer to the marking guide for this assessment to ensure you have completed your case management plan extensively enough.
You will also need to complete a family intervention plan outlining how you will engage the family with the young people’s case management plan.
Assessment Task 3) Advocacy activity.
Choose two clients to undertake advocacy activities for, these may be the same as the clients you worked for in assessment task 2 or different. The cleints must have different advocacy needs
1) Use 2 different advocacy approach for each client (eg: systems advocacy, individual advocacy, awareness raising etc).
2) Complete an advocacy action plan with clear goals and objectives for each client,
3) use real life possibilities (eg: if one of your advocacy activities is to write a letter to the young person’s local member of parliament you must list who this would be and what their contact details are).
Assessment Task 4) Question and Answer.
Assessment 4 consists of short answer questions which must be completed satisfactorily.
You must provide answers of 150-300 words which clearly demonstrate your understanding of the subject matter from this cluster.
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.
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.
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.
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Applying for Special Consideration
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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.
- Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
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