Course Title: Work effectively in child protection and out of home care for children and young people

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: HWSS5516C

Course Title: Work effectively in child protection and out of home care for children and young people

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

Anne Fitzpatrick

Dianne Mackay

Nominal Hours: 80

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 for work in the context within which a range of child protection services are delivered.  It covers the knowledge and skills required to support the rights and interests of children/ young people and families to meet duty of care and legal requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCHILD505B Work effectively in child protection and out of home care for children and young people


Demonstrate an understanding of key issues related to work in the child protection environment.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Demonstrate understanding of the history and recent developments in child protection/direct care work
1.2 Demonstrate understanding of the legal, political and social framework within which the work is undertaken
1.3 Reflect understanding of the system structure and the various roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders that operate in the child protection system in work undertaken
1.4 Demonstrate and apply understanding of practice related to effective worker safety / well being and self management activities appropriate to the professional role
1.5 Demonstrate understanding of children's court procedures appropriate to professional role
1.6 Reflect understanding of the processes for risk assessment appropriate to the professional role
1.7 Acknowledge the challenges of child protection work and manage appropriately
1.8 Reflect in all work, understanding of indicators, effects and dynamics of child abuse and neglect appropriate to the professional role
1.9 Reflect in all work, basic understanding of the relationship and practice implications of child abuse and family violence; substance use; mental illness; and disability appropriate to the professional role
1.10 Demonstrate and manage sensitively/effectively, understanding of the power imbalance inherent in child protection/out of home care work


Demonstrate commitment to quality care for children or young people.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Reflect in all work, understanding of key issues facing children and young people who may be at risk of harm
2.2 Reflect in all work undertaken, duty of care, context of policy, regulatory, legislative and legal requirements as they apply to the area of work
2.3 Apply and demonstrate organisation procedures and policies are as appropriate
2.4 Identify personal values and attitudes regarding children or young people and acknowledge their potential impact on service delivery when planning and implementing all work activities
2.5 Reflect in own work, a focus on supporting the rights, interests and needs of children, young people and families
2.6 Characterise communication with children/young people and families by sensitivity, openness, respect and warmth and appropriate to the age and ability of the child
2.7 Demonstrate understanding of issues related to the placement of children away from family in all forms of out of home care, and the practice issues for statutory child protection workers and direct care givers


Demonstrate ethical work practices.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Routinely observe lines of accountability in all work undertaken in the child protection area, including appropriate consultation and explaining decisions and actions to those to whom the worker is accountable
3.2 Explain decisions and actions taken to children, young people and their families/carers
3.3 Use the relevant code of ethics, professional and organisation standards to guide service delivery
3.4 Plan responses to address emergency situations and other contingencies based on ethical standards and organisation requirements

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

The learning activities for this course will include:

  • case study analysis
  • reading and analysis of relevant current affair articles
  • peer learning
  • group discussions

Teaching Schedule

This course will be delivered in second semester.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

The assessment task you will complete to successfully pass this course is a case study in three parts, some of which will be completed in the class room.  The remainder will be a take home component that will be submitted.

Assessment Tasks

The assessment task for this course will be centred around the case study ’Roberta’  It will have three parts to it which are designed to allow you to demonstrate your capacity to reflect as a youth worker.  One part will be completed in the class room; the remaining parts will be completed as take home tasks.

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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