Course Title: Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2015
Course Code: LAW5205C
Course Title: Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies
Campus: City Campus
Program: C4328 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
Course Contact : Mandy Morrison
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4065
Course Contact Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Nominal Hours: 50
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
This course 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:
CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
1. Demonstrate an understanding of legislation and common law relevant to work role
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
2. Follow identified policies and practices
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
3. Work ethically
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
4. Recognise and respond when client rights and interests are not being protected
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
On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.
Details of Learning Activities
The learning in the course has been designed to reflect current, holistic practice around working with people who have complex support needs. As such, there is a combination of workshops, field trips and an interactive Hypothetical designed in conjunction with the Neighbourhood Justice Centre.
One you will spend a day at the neighbourhood Justice centre in Collingwood. This field trip will involve accessing the specialist magistrates court, meeting and speaking with legal and community support staff and sitting in on any cases being presented on the day. You will have five (5) workshops where theory and practice will be presented to you around legal and ethical challenges when working in the complex care sector. Session 6 will be an opportunity of a field trip.
Your in class and practical placement experience will come together to allow you to participate in a one-day facilitated hypothetical session where staff from the Neighbourhood Justice Centre will introduce and explore a specifically-designed case study with you. This workshop will allow you to feed into the support requirements of a AOD client facing legal issues.
The teaching schedule for this course is as follows:
The sessions will be conducted from August - October 2015
|1.||Access and equity in the legal system
Australian court system
Introduction to common law
Ethics in health delivery
State and Federal legislation governing the Health sector
Health records and confidentiality
Freedom of Information
Sentencing act and mandated treatment
|5.|| Family violence and AVOs
Child, family and young persons act
Severe drug dependent persons act
|6.||Hypothetical Court hearing – Magistrates Court (NJC)|
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.
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library
If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online: http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/
Overview of Assessment
This course is to be assessed in relation to the specific legal and ethical context of the work role/s and requirements.
The assessments will take into account a range of legal and ethical responsibilities and requirements that you as a worker in the field will need to consider as part of practise and support for clients with AOD issues.
The assessment tasks for the course consist of the following:
1. Completion of a court report based on the case study client that presents with AOD issues
2. Participation and completion of a role play based on court room scenarios on the case study client that presents with AOD issues
An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant course is available from the course contact person (stated above).
This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, grades include:
CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment
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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=9pp3ic9obks7
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:
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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n
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