Course Title: Work effectively with young people in the youth work context

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: HWSS5990C

Course Title: Work effectively with young people in the youth work context

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4337 - Certificate IV in Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4115

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kerrie Loveless

Nominal Hours: 60

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 knowledge and skills required to work in the youth work context.  The course focuses on the historical and contemporary youth sector practice and understanding of the current status of young people.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCYTH402C Work effectively with young people in the youth work context


Apply understanding of the context of youth work.

Performance Criteria:

1  Apply knowledge of youth contexts to youth work practice.
2  Identify legal frameworks which impact on context of youth work.
3  Research, maintain and apply models and frameworks of youth work in a variety of youth work contexts.
4  Develop a comprehensive understanding of the youth sector.


Apply understanding of the social, historical, economic, legal and political contexts of young people.

Performance Criteria:

1  Assess and respond to the needs of young people within the context of their experiences.
2  Research, analyse and maintain up to date knowledge and awareness of the social, political , economic and legal contexts of young people.
3  Research, analyse and apply understanding of youth policy in practices of youth work.
4  Apply understanding of the historical and cultural constructs of youth and the changing context of young people.


Work with understanding of the impact of values in determining the approach to working with young people.

Performance Criteria:

1  Identify, and reflect on own values and experiences which may impact on approaches to youth work.
2  Work with awareness of organisation values.
3  Match interventions and supports appropriate to the young person’s own values.


Work within the core values and practice frameworks of youth work.

Performance Criteria:

1  Assess core youth work practice values to ensure supports and interventions are young person-centred.
2  Apply practice frameworks to maximise support for the young person as a unique individual.
3  Demonstrate support for the young person’s rights and safety including access and equity of services.

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

During this course the learning activities you will engage in during the course will include:

  • quizzes,
  • question and answering
  • group work
  • group presentations
  • simulations
  • reading documents
  • games.

Teaching Schedule

This course is delivered over 6 weeks in the beginning of semester one. It is clustered and delivered with CHCYTH402B Work effectively with young people in the youth context

  • Week 1 - Introduction to the course, Code of Ethics, an introduction to developmental theories
  • Week 2 - Your strengths, who are young people?, how does this relate to youth workers? self-awareness
  • Week 3 - Developmental theories and practice frameworks
  • Week 4 - Communication, confidentiality, youth law, policy development,
  • Week 5 - Types of youth work, values, building rapport, rights and responsibilities of workers and young people,
  • Week 6 - Revision of frameworks and theories

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will be provided with the resources and tools for learning in this course. These resources will also be available through Blackboard. You will also have access to the resources in the library.

Overview of Assessment

Each week you should write a paragraph or more (at least 100 words) on the following questions.

Week 1:
Code of ethics – Explore your thoughts one of the principles we discussed today.

Week 2:
Describe the cultures of your youth. How has this shaped you, how have you changed?

Week 3:
Which of the other frameworks or theories resonated with you the most and why?

Week 4:
Which question in todays’ quiz surprised you the most and why?

Week 5:
When you envisage yourself as a youth worker what kind of work do you see yourself doing and why?

Week 6:
What do you see as the key components to engage effectively with young people?

Throughout placement you will need to complete 3 case studies which demonstrate your capacity to engage effectively with young people. Directed questions will be provided during classtime.

1. Talk about a young person’s whose values and culture differed to yours and/or others around the young person.

2. Talk about a young person who you really clicked with.

3. Talk about a young person who was having issues within the service.

Assessment Tasks

As per the over-view of assessment

Assessment Matrix

This program in delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment. The grades are as follows:

  • CA: Competency Achieved
  • NYC: Not Yet Competent
  • DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment

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 the 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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