Course Title: Support the rights and safety of children and young people

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: HWSS5749C

Course Title: Support the rights and safety of children and young people

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5244 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4115

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Anne Fitzpatrick +61 3 0025 0329

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

To gain entry into CHC51408 Diploma of Youth Work candidates must:

Be recognised, as competent through a recognised training package or recognition process, against the following compulsory units of CHC41808 Certificate IV in Youth Work:

CHCCOM403A Utilise targeted communication skills to build relationships
CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
CHCCS422B Respond holistically to client issues and refer appropriately
CHCYTH401B Engage respectfully with young people
CHCYTH402C Work effectively with young people in a youth work context
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients & co-workers
HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

Have suitable relevant youth sector experience and knowledge to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

The application of knowledge with depth in some areas and demonstration of a broad range of technical and other skills
A wide range of tasks and skills in a variety of contexts, with a complexity in the range and choices of actions required
The exercise of discretionary judgement and decision making under general guidance.

Course Description

This course is part of the Diploma of Youth Work. Designed for those working in the sector already, this particular course will help students consolidate the knowledge and skills required to address duty of care requirements, working within an ethical framework and applying relevant legislation, codes of conduct, international agreements (such as Convention on the Rights of the Child (CROC)–), policies and procedures in identifying, responding and supporting children’s and young people’s rights and safety.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCHILD404B Support the rights and safety of children and young people


Apply ethical practices and safeguard the rights and interests of children and young people

Performance Criteria:

1  Protect the rights of children and young people in the provision of services.
2  Identify and seek supervision support for issues of ethical concern in practice with children and young people.
3  Develop ethical practices for implementing professional boundaries consistent with child protection legislation in relevant jurisdiction.
4  Recognise indicators for potential ethical concerns when working with children and young people.
5  Respond to unethical behaviour of others by reporting to the appropriate person.


Identify indicators of abuse and act appropriately

Performance Criteria:

1  Identify children and young people at risk of harm by routinely implementing child protection procedures when appropriate.
2  Respond to disclosure in accordance with accepted standards ,techniques, and legislative obligations.
3  Gather information about the child and young persons behaviour in order to identify uncharacteristic behaviour or other indicators which may indicate abuse.
4  Monitor the circumstances of children who are identified as highly vulnerable to abuse.
5  Identify indicators of abuse and report indications of possible risk of harm.
6  Accurately record relevant specific and general circumstances surrounding risk of harm in accordance with organisation procedures, ethics and legal requirements.
7  Promptly report risk of harm indicators in accordance with statutory and organisation procedures.
8  Work collaboratively with relevant agencies to ensure the report has maximum effectiveness of report.


Implement work practices which support the protection of children and young people

Performance Criteria:

1  Comply with lawful instructions, regulations, duty of care and boundaries of practice in all work activities.
2  Routinely employ child-focused work practices to uphold the rights of children and young peoples to participate in decision-making where it is age appropriate.
3  Employ communication and information gathering techniques with children and young people in accordance with current recognised good practice.
4  Ensure decisions and actions taken are within own level of responsibility, work role and legislative requirements.
5  Maintain own knowledge and skills as required to work effectively and participate in practice supervision processes.
6  Maintain confidentiality as appropriate.
7  Provide an appropriate response as determined by organisation procedures, legal and work role obligations.

Learning Outcomes

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 activities you will undertake in this course will include the following:
Case studies
In-class discussions
Current affairs
Analysis/critique of relevant reading material
Group discussion

Teaching Schedule

You will attend 2 x one day workshops for this course. The first is in February and the second in November.. This course is delivered in conjunction with CHCCS502C Maintain legal and ethical practices.
The assessment due date for the February workshop is:
• 28 March 2014
The assessment due date for workshop in November are
• Evidence matrix – 5 December 2014

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

Students will undertake numerous assessment tasks for this unit throughout the year. These incuode:
• evidence portfolio
• simulations
• research paper
• knowledge questions
• project brief
• project evaluation.

Assessment Tasks

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.

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


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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