Course Title: Engage respectfully with young people

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: HWSS5691C

Course Title: Engage respectfully with young people

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4313 - Certificate IV in Community Development

Course Contact : Julian Silverman

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4578

Course Contact

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Nominal Hours: 55

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 knowledge and skills required to communicate effectively with young people (aged 12–25) in work roles with a specific focus on young people.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCYTH401B Engage respectfully with young people


Communicate effectively with a diversity of young people

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Listen to the young person to gain understanding of their experiences
1.2 Foster communication exchanges that supports the development of trust and rapport
1.3 Process information about the young persons situation from their perspective
1.4 Use a range of appropriate communication strategies to engage with young people
1.5 Consider cultural sensitivities in communication techniques and adapt style and language to accommodate different cultural values and practices
1.6 Maintain young person’s confidentiality in the context that the young person is the primary stakeholder


Reflect on understanding of youth cultures, sub cultures and development

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Take into account youth culture, sub cultures and development of the young person in all actions and decisions
2.2 Evaluate issues in relation to young person’s culture and modify approaches appropriately
2.3 Select activities and resources to promote awareness, respect and value of diversity
2.4 Establish guidelines that are relevant to the culture and background of the young person
2.5 Assess the impact of own cultural values, cultural lens and ethnocentrism in youth work


Work with the young person as the focus

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Apply youth centred practices when working with young people
3.2 Respect the rights needs and responsibilities of the young person
3.3 Convey worker rights and responsibilities as necessary
3.4 Establish a professional relationship and boundary expectations with the young person
3.5 Recognise, and manage power inequities in the professional relationship
3.6 Apply principles of ethical decision-making in working with young people

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

You will attend an all-day workshop in which you will participate in activities including role-plays, discussions and presentations related to engaging communities in the community development process as part of specific initiatives. You will be presented with information relating to the central themes of the unit including theories and skills relating to effectively working with young individuals in the community to promote their participation in new and existing community projects. Self-directed study activities to be completed outside of the workshop include fostering communication exchanges that supports the development of trust and rapport with young people in your community. You will be assessed on your ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of young people and reflect on your understanding of youth and sub-cultures.

Teaching Schedule

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


Elective Unit 5Class ContentLearning Elements
Engage respectfully with young peopleThis workshop will enable students to expand their understanding of youth cultures and appreciate the diversity of youth cultures in order to better engage young people in the community development process. Workshop activities will include presentations from staff and class discussions.1. Communicate effectively with a diversity of young people
2. Reflect on understanding of youth cultures, sub cultures and development
3. Work with the young person as the focus

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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.


Other Resources

You will be issued a reading kit that includes links to relevant web resources upon commencement of this course. It will contain articles and instructional materials that relate to this workshop and it will be developed in consultation with industry experts in the community development sector.

Web links for this workshop:
Engaging with children and young people – Mary Kellett
Youth Councils & Other Models of Engaging Young People in Community – LGAQ Annual Conference 2006
Engaging with Young People: Local Government in Action – Department for Victorian Communities

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

- Self and Supervisor Assessment
- Simulation

Assessment Tasks

In order to demonstrate competence in this course you will need to satisfactorily complete the following assessment tasks:

Self and Supervisor Assessment
You and your supervisor will be asked to describe how you work with young people in your community. In particular you will be assessed on your ability to develop cooperative working relationships with youths in your community. This will include evaluating your ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of young people and how well you are able to reflect on your awareness of young people’s issues, cultures and their personal and social development in a process in which they constitute the key focus.

As part of the workshop you will engage in a hypothetical scenario in which you will role-play an outreach activity with a group of young people conducted as part of a community development project. You will demonstrate your skills in effectively engaging and communicating with culturally diverse young people, including those in specific sub-cultural groups.

Assessment Matrix

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