Course Title: Assess co-existing needs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: HWSS6069C

Course Title: Assess co-existing needs

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5345 - Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)

Course Contact: Bronwyn Tanti

Course Contact Phone: 9925 9079

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

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess the diverse and multi-faceted needs of people and determine both internal and external services required to meet those needs

This unit applies in a range of community service contexts.

This unit is delivered in a cluster with:

CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs


1. Prepare for assessment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and prepare assessment tools and processes according to organisation policy and procedures 1.2 Gather existing information about the person 1.3 Seek additional information from specialists and other sources as required to determine the range of issues that may be affecting the person 1.4 Organise practical aspects of assessment in consultation with the person being assessed 1.5 Provide information about the assessment process to the person and obtain consent


2. Analyse the person's needs using a collaborative approach

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Work within scope of own role and seek assistance from colleagues and experts as required 2.2 Empower the person to identify and prioritise their own needs 2.3 Evaluate needs based on full range of relevant information 2.4 Identify and analyse complex, multiple and interrelated issues 2.5 Evaluate issues of urgency and eligibility 2.6 Assess potential risk factors for service delivery


3. Determine appropriate services

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Consider service delivery and referral options from strengths-based perspective 3.2 Evaluate internal capability and other service networks to determine best fit for the person 3.3 Provide the person with service information and support their decision making process 3.4 Encourage the person to advocate on their own behalf to access services


4. Complete reporting

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Document the outcomes of the assessment process according to organisation procedures 4.2 Maintain and store the person's information according to confidentiality requirements 4.3 Provide the person's information to other services according to consent and confidentiality requirements


5. Evaluate assessment and referral processes

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Seek feedback about assessment processes from the person and other networks 5.2 Monitor processes and their outcomes in terms of success in meeting the person's needs 5.3 Routinely seek feedback and reflect on own performance 5.4 Use feedback and own evaluation as a basis for improving processes

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


In class: Lectures, discussions and group activities

Teaching Schedule



Week 1

Case Work 1 Case Management

  • The case management process
  • Approaches to service delivery
  • Understanding the change process
  • Responsibilities, duty of care and risk

Week 2

Conducting initial intake and assessment

  • Building rapport
  • Establishing rights, responsibilities and boundaries
  • Identifying strengths, weaknesses, abilities and goals

Week 3

Developing case management plans

  • Case planning to identify short and long term needs
  • Developing strategies and setting targets for change
  • Dealing with high complex or high risk situations

Week 4

Conducting case management meetings

  • Conference meeting policies and procedures
  • Organising case conferences
  • Managing the conferences
  • Managing meeting outcomes and follow up

Week 5

Organising access to services

  • Coordinating service delivery
  • Making referrals
  • Working with other service providers/agencies

Week 6

Monitoring and evaluating case plans

  • Monitor client progress
  • Developing and negotiating strategies for changes to needs to ongoing interventions
  • Closing cases

Week 7

Case Work 2 Complex Case Coordination and Child Protection

  • Understanding case management in the context of the child protection framework
  • Child protection and child-centred practices
  • Understanding the stages of child development, causes and effects of child abuse and neglect
  • Understanding the stages of child development and indicators of risk
  • Taking into consideration cultural needs, the impact of family dynamics and the community

Week 8

Working with children, young people and their families

  • Using appropriate communication with children and young people
  • Encouraging engagement and participation in case management
  • Conducting assessments with children, young people and relevant stakeholders

Week 9

Planning interventions

  • Developing case management plans with children, young people, families and other stakeholders
  • Identifying strategies to build on strengths and protective factors and to help the child or young person achieve their goals
  • Developing contingency plans to manage

Week 10

Coordinating and participating in conferences

  • Convening meetings
  • Preparing children and young people for conferences
  • Managing conflict
  • Providing appropriate information to clients, families and stakeholders
  • Preparing case histories

Week 11

Providing advocacy and support

  • Determining the nature and level of advocacy and support required
  • Providing advocacy and support through the process 
  • Working with other service providers to manage interventions

Week 12

Undertaking case closure

  • Reviewing progress
  • Evaluating achievement of goals


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment


This unit is assessed in a cluster with CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management


There are four assessment tasks consisting of 1 group, 2 individual and 1 quiz.

Assessment Tasks


This course is delivered and assessed in a cluster with:-

CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

CHCCSM007 Undertake case management in a child protection framework

CHCCSM004 Coordinate complex case requirements 



Assessment task 1: Complete two online quizzes to test your knowledge of the key issues and concepts related case management practice:

  • Quiz one will include questions addressing topics in Case Work 1 Case Management (Due by week 7)
  • Quiz two will include questions addressing topics in Case Work 2 Complex Case Coordination and Child Protection (Due by week 13)


Assessment task 2: Develop case management plans for three clients (children and/or young people with coexisting needs), based on case studies. (In class and by week 8)

Assessment task 3: Prepare a written report, based on scenarios, explaining how resources, services and supports for three clients (children and/or young people with coexisting needs) were coordinated. (In class and by week 10)

Assessment task 4: Prepare a presentation, based on scenarios, providing recommendations for monitoring and reviewing case work activities. (week 12)

Assessment Matrix


The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrix’s are available through program administration.

Other Information


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Plagiarism Software

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