Course Title: Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: EMPL5930C

Course Title: Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4262 - Certificate IV in Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4115

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Nominal Hours: 40

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 unit describes the knowledge and skills required to work within a legal and ethical framework that supports duty of care requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCS400B Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework


Demonstrate an understanding of legislation and common law relevant to work role

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Demonstrate in all work, an understanding of the legal responsibilities and obligations of the work role
1.2 Demonstrate key statutory and regulatory requirements relevant to the work role
1.3 Fulfil duty of care responsibilities in the course of practice
1.4 Accept responsibility for own actions
1.5 Maintain confidentiality
1.6 Where possible, seek the agreement of the client prior to providing services


Follow identified policies and practices

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Perform work within identified policies, protocols and procedures
2.2 Contribute to the review and development of policies and protocols as appropriate
2.3 Work within position specifications and role responsibilities
2.4 Seek clarification when unsure of scope of practice as defined by position description or specific work role requirements
2.5 Seek clarification of unclear instructions


Recognise and respond when client rights and interests are not being protected

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Support the client and/or their advocate/s to identify and express their concerns
4.2 Refer client and/or their advocate/s to advocacy services if appropriate
4.3 Follow identified policy and protocols when managing a complaint
4.4 Recognise witnessed signs consistent with financial, physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect of the client and report to an appropriate person as required
4.5 Recognise and respond to cultural/linguistic religious diversity, for example providing interpreters where necessary


Work ethically

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Protect the rights of the client when delivering services
3.2 Use effective problem solving techniques when exposed to competing value systems
3.3 Ensure services are available to all clients regardless of personal values, beliefs, attitudes and culture
3.4 Recognise potential ethical issues and ethical dilemmas in the workplace and discuss with an appropriate person
3.5 Recognise unethical conduct and report to an appropriate person
3.6 Work within boundaries applicable to work role
3.7 Demonstrate effective application of guidelines and legal requirements relating to disclosure and confidentiality
3.8 Demonstrate awareness of own personal values and attitudes and take into account to ensure non-judgemental practice
3.9 Recognise, avoid and/or address any conflict of interest

Learning Outcomes

By completing this unit you will achieve and demonstrate competence in the following elements;

Demonstrate an understanding of legislation and common law relevant to work role
Follow identified policies and practices
Recognise and respond when client rights and interests are not being protected
Work ethically

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is to be assessed in relation to the specific legal and ethical context of the work role/s and requirements to which it applies.

A field trip to the family and children’s courts has been included in the past.

Teaching Schedule

Classes are held during semesters 1 and 2.  During this time students will be expected to complete various activities during their class time, including assessments.

This is  supported by the work placement hours students complete as part of their studies, throughout the course. 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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Overview of Assessment

Students will undertake written tasks in class, such as case studies, to demonstrate their competence in this area, as well as participate in class discussions.  They are also required to answer the question ’what does working ethically mean?’   (400 - 600 words) This question is to be asked after they have participated in some work placement and is due August 13.

Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks for this unit include:

  • class participation
  • case studies
  • simulations
  • written assesments incliuding 400 - 600 words on a specific question related to the area around duty of care, relevant standards and codes of practice.

Assessment Matrix

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