Course Title: Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: HWSS5704C

Course Title: Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

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: 50

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 within a legal and ethical framework that supports duty of care requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework


Demonstrate an understanding of legislation and common law relevant to work role

Performance Criteria:

1  Demonstrate in all work, an understanding of the legal responsibilities and obligations of the work role
2  Demonstrate key statutory and regulatory requirements relevant to the work role
3  Fulfil duty of care responsibilities in the course of practice
4  Accept responsibility for own actions
5  Maintain confidentiality
6  Where possible, seek the agreement of the client prior to providing services


Follow identified policies and practices

Performance Criteria:

1  Perform work within identified policies, protocols and procedures
2  Contribute to the review and development of policies and protocols as appropriate
3  Work within position specifications and role responsibilities
4  Seek clarification when unsure of scope of practice as defined by position description or specific work role requirements
5  Seek clarification of unclear instructions


Recognise and respond when client rights and interests are not being protected

Performance Criteria:

1  Support the client and/or their advocate/s to identify and express their concerns
2  Refer client and/or their advocate/s to advocacy services if appropriate
3  Follow identified policy and protocols when managing a complaint
4  Recognise witnessed signs consistent with financial, physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect of the client and report to an appropriate person as required
5  Recognise and respond to cultural/linguistic religious diversity, for example providing interpreters where necessary


Work ethically

Performance Criteria:

1  Protect the rights of the client when delivering services
2  Use effective problem solving techniques when exposed to competing value systems
3  Ensure services are available to all clients regardless of personal values, beliefs, attitudes and culture
4  Recognise potential ethical issues and ethical dilemmas in the workplace and discuss with an appropriate person
5  Recognise unethical conduct and report to an appropriate person
6  Work within boundaries applicable to work role
7  Demonstrate effective application of guidelines and legal requirements relating to disclosure and confidentiality
8  Demonstrate awareness of own personal values and attitudes and take into account to ensure non-judgemental practice
9  Recognise, avoid and/or address any conflict of interest

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 the following:
• a field trip to the Children’s Court
• case study analysis
• peer learning
• group discussions
• reading and analysis of current news events

Teaching Schedule

This course will be delivered in the second semester as per your student timetable.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will be provided with relevant, current news articles, and are expected to utilised the Learning Hub for this course.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks for this course consists of three written tasks which are both homework and class-based, and are centred around case studies presented in class and the field trip to the Children’s Court.

Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks for this course are:
• Three written tasks which will be based on homework
• In class assessments based on the field trip to the Children’s Court and case studies looked at in class.

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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