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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: JUST5166C

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

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5244 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4115

Course Contact

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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 koweldge and skills required to address duty of care requirements, working within an ethical framework and applying relevant legislation, codes of conduct, international agreements, 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:

CHCCHILD404A 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:

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


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

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Comply with lawful instructions, regulations, duty of care and boundaries of practice in all work activities
1.2 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
1.3 Employ communication and information gathering techniques with children and young people in accordance with current recognised good practice
1.4 Ensure decisions and actions taken are within own level of responsibility, work role and legislative requirements
1.5 Maintain own knowledge and skills as required to work effectively and participate in practice supervision processes
1.6 Maintain confidentiality as appropriate
1.7 Provide an appropriate response as determined by organisation procedures, legal and work role obligations


Indentify indicators of abuse and act appropriately.

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Classes are scheduled on the last Friday of every month throughout the year. Students will be given readings in preparation for each workshop. Led by industry leaders, these workshops take students through a variety of in-class tasks and scenarios with the intention of extending their current working knowledge of Youth Work practice. The work undertaken in class is invaluable for the assessment tasks.
It is expected that time spent out of the classroom will be dedicated to completing the various assessment tasks listed below.
Students will be expected to make use of the Learning Hub as part of their on-line studies which are part of the course.

Teaching Schedule

Students meet the last Friday of every month to undertake a workshop which will focus on each of the competencies.
An RPL process is undertaken with each student within the first 6 weeks of the course.
After each workshop students will be given an underpinning knowledge question to complete for the following workshop. The other assessments are completed throughout the year.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this unit enables participants to gain skills and knowledge that are directly applicable to their workplace while being encouraged to share current work practices. Assessment tasks involve team and individual projects and written assessment including questions and case studies. Based on your individual learning plan, you will be offered a number of learning strategies including workshop attendance, project work development and workplace support to your assessment needs for this program.

Assessment Tasks

Students will be involved in a variety of assessment tasks throughout the course, including:
• Simulations
• A major project brief
• A final project report
• Underpinning knowledge questions and answers (one per month)
• A research essay
• An evidence portfolio
• Workshop participation.

Assessment Matrix

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