Course Title: Develop an understanding of child inclusive practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: HWSS5719C

Course Title: Develop an understanding of child inclusive practice

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C0045 - Vocational Graduate Certificate in Community Services Practice(Client assessment & case management)

Course Contact : Bronwyn Tanti

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9079

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 30

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

Not applicable.

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to become familiar with models of child inclusive work, and specifically to facilitate parents to participate in a child inclusive counselling or dispute resolution process. Working within a child inclusive framework is an accepted standard of practice in the context of family relationship work and family law legislation.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCFAM801B Develop an understanding of child inclusive practice


1.Assess appropriateness of the case for a child inclusive approach

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Recognise and explore a family situation that may indicate/involve child abuse or neglect
1.2 Implement protocols for child protection as per legislation and organisation policy
1.3 Provide the participants with appropriate support service referrals
1.4 Assess the participant's actions with consideration or any detrimental effects to the best interests of the child
1.5 Withdraw services when unsatisfactory behaviour or situations continue to place the child/ren at risk and follow organisation procedures for follow up actions


2.Engage parents in the approach, with appropriate contracting

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Self assess competence to engage with parents in the context of facilitating child inclusive process and feedback
2.2 Seek support from experienced and qualified practitioners in situations of case complexity dependent organisation context
2.3 Communicate the role of child consultant to parents/carers and children
2.4 Clearly describe the differences between the dispute resolution practitioner and counsellor role and that of the child consultant
2.5 Obtain consent from children and adults to engage a child consultant in the dispute resolution process.
2.6 Engage a child consultant with appropriate experience and skill
2.7 Provide a child appropriate environment and resources to support the child's participation


3.Facilitate the child inclusive process and feedback

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Acknowledge aspirations and feelings of parents or carers and at the same time remain focused on the needs of the child in dispute
3.2 Invite parents and/or carers to view the situation from the child's point of view
3.3 Discuss with the parents/carers the appropriateness and usefulness of engaging children in part of the dispute resolution process
3.4 Assist parents/carers who may be distracted by their own interpersonal disputes or conflicts, to re focus on their caring and parental roles


4.Integrate the children's needs and views into the ongoing counselling or dispute resolution process

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Engage the services of a child consultant to represent the needs, perceptions and attachments of each child to each parent/carer in the dispute
4.2 Apply knowledge of core research findings to family dispute resolution or counselling process where child's needs and views are to be incorporated into interventions and supports
4.3 Communicate with the child consultant about the child's best interests and any methods of integrating child's need and views into counselling or dispute resolution 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

Essential learning activities will take place during a series of 1 day workshops. You will also be required to undertake independent studies.

Some of the learning activities that you will undertake are:
• Analysis of current case studies
• Self- reflection exercises
• Discussion groups relating to theoretical and practice-based topics
• Problem based activities

Reflecting on your own work content is a significant aspect of this course, and you will be given opportunities during the workshops to discuss and think about your practice.

All courses and learning activities will be supported and complemented by RMIT’s learning management tool “blackboard”. You will be required to participate in on line learning activities each month using the discussion board forum.

Teaching Schedule

There are 10 workshops scheduled for this program. This course is taught and assessed together with the following course: CHCCM705C: Work effectively with carers and families in complex situation

May 2015Advanced approaches and practice in complex casesCHCCM705C: Work effectively with carers and families in complex situations.

CHCFAM801B: Develop an understanding of child inclusive practice

June 2015
July 2015

While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of guest speakers and resources

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Additional resources will also be available in the learning management tool “Blackboard”. A set of readings will be made available to you prior to each workshop. A list of program specific resources, including journals and texts that may support you in the program, can also be found on the link to the RMIT library in “Blackboard”.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is based on written case study identifying the situation and presenting issues of a client you are currently working or have worked with.

Assessment Tasks

This course has been clustered (grouped) for assessment with the following course: CHCCM705C: Work effectively with carers and families in complex situation.

Assessment is a 3,000 page report that will include; 

  • an analysis of the needs of the family,
  • child inclusive practices and
  • effective approaches in case managing this family.

Further details of how assessment tasks are mapped to individual courses are available from the Program Coordinator

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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