Course Title: Confirm client developmental status

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: HWSS6000C

Course Title: Confirm client developmental status

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5330 - Diploma of Community Services Work

Course Contact : Zaina Nehme

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4552

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Julian Silverman: +61 3 9925 4578

Anne Fitzpatrick: +61 3 9925 0329

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 skills and knowledge required to review the developmental status of a client. The application of knowledge and skills described in this course may relate to functions such as providing information to clients and reporting or referring issues outside the scope of practice of the individual worker. Note that the client may be a child or a young person. Work at this level may require guidance and/or supervision from appropriately qualified personnel, especially where provision of direct client services is involved. This course applies to people working in a range of community service contexts including: juvenile justice, alcohol and other drugs services, mental health, and child protection.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCLD415A Confirm client developmental status


1. Apply knowledge of human development to check client’s developmental status

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Observe and/or question the client appropriately to obtain information about client’s developmental status
1.2 Review any available documented information about the client’s developmental status
1.3 Consult with the client’s carer, family or significant others to gather relevant information where appropriate
1.4 Apply knowledge of lifespan development theories to clarify client’s development status


2. Identify developmental issues

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Recognise factors that may have impacted on appearance and behaviour of the client
2.2 Clarify suitability of community services being delivered in relation to client’s developmental status
2.3 Consult appropriate person/s to clarify concerns about client’s developmental status
2.4 Identify potential risk factors associated with developmental issues
2.5 Recognise and refer potentially serious issues in line with organisational requirements
2.6 Document developmental issues in line with organisational policies and procedures


3. Check for and respond appropriately to specific issues

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Check for any issues that may require notification, and report if necessary
3.2 Check for any indications of other issues that may impact the provision of services and/or require referral
3.3 Report and document accurately and with the detail required by the organisational policies and procedures

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

All courses and learning activities will be supported and complemented by RMIT’s learning management tool "Blackboard". Other essential learning activities will take place during the workshops, and you will also be required to undertake independent studies. Some of the learning activities that you will undertake are:

  • Class exercises
  • Demonstrations (role plays)
  • Observations
  • Group discussions
  • Class presentations
  • Case studies
  • Quizzes
  • Group activities

Teaching Schedule

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Human Development - Part 1Lifespan development theories (model development theory - Kohlberg, Cognitive development theory - Piaget)
Human Development - Part 2Lifespan development theories (Psychosexual development theory - Freud, Psychosocial development theory – Erikson)
Biological Development - Part 1

Stages of Biological Development

Risk Factors for each life stage

Impact on behaviour and appereance

Biological Development - Part 2

Protective Factors for each life stage

Impact on behaviour and appereance

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Implications of Human Development to Service Delivery

Factors to consider before service delivery
Applying detailed knowledge of human development
Suitability of CS in relation to the client’s developmental status
Consult appropriate persons

Identifying developmental issues

Methods and protocol

Factors causing developmental issues

Responding to abuse (legislation) and mandatory reporting

Checking for developmental issues

Issues requiring notification to the authorities (infectious diseases, child or elder abuse, child trafficking, issues of interests)

Other issues that impact on service provision

Reporting and documenting developmental issues

Types of documentation

Avoiding documentation problems

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text required


Other Resources

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

Overview of Assessment

You will be required to complete three assessment tasks for this course. These tasks involve answering questions bases on a case study, the analysis of clients’ situation and suitability of services, and an online test covering important aspects of the course.

Assessment Tasks

For this unit you will be required to complete two assessment tasks as describe below:

Assessment Task 1 – Case Scenarios: for this task you will be required to read two different scenarios and write a report comparing and contrasting the developmental status and services required for each client.

Assessment Task 2 - Work placement observation report: For this course the program coordinator or one of the facilitators will visit you in your work place and conduct a workplace interview and observation. You will be asked a number of questions that will allow you to demonstrate competency for this unit. Visits will be arranged with each student individually.

Assessment Matrix

This program in delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, grades include:

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 aknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.


Some important learning experience involving role play and simulations will take in class, therefore it is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities,  thus ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.


You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work.  Information regarding Student feedback at RMIT 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.  Information regarding the student progress policy can be foun 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

Working with Children Card

You are require to have a Working with Children Card

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