Course Title: Work effectively with young people in the youth work context

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: HWSS6017C

Course Title: Work effectively with young people in the youth work context

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4352 - Certificate IV in Youth Work

Course Contact: Dianne Mackay

Course Contact Phone: +61 (3) 9925 4454

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kerrie Loveless

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


Course Description

In this unit students will focus on youth sector practice (both historical and contemporary) and develop an understanding of the current status of young people. It applies to work undertaken in all youth work roles where the young person is the primary client.

This unit is taught and assessed with CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCYTH002 Work effectively with young people in the youth work context


1. Apply understanding of the social, historical, economic, legal and political contexts of young people

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Assess and respond to the needs of young people within the context of their experiences
1.2 Research, analyse and maintain up-to-date knowledge and awareness of the social, political, economic and legal contexts of young people
1.3 Research, analyse and apply understanding of youth policy in practices of youth work
1.4 Apply understanding of the historical and cultural constructs of youth and the changing context of young people


2. Apply understanding of the context of youth work

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Apply knowledge of youth contexts to youth work practice
2.2 Identify legal frameworks which impact on context of youth work
2.3 Research, maintain and apply models and frameworks of youth work in a variety of youth work contexts
2.4 Develop a comprehensive understanding of the youth sector


3. Work within the core values and practice frameworks of youth work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess core youth work practice values to ensure supports and interventions are young person-centred
3.2 Apply practice frameworks to maximise support for the young person as a unique individual
3.3 Demonstrate support for the young person’s rights and safety including access and equity of services


4. Work with understanding of the impact of values in determining the approach to working with young people

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify and reflect on own values and experiences which may impact on approaches to youth work
4.2 Work with awareness of organisation’s values
4.3 Make sure interventions and supports are appropriate to the young person’s own values

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 studies
  • work placement
  • paired work
  • group work
  • media clips
  • class discussion

Teaching Schedule

The Teaching Schedule is as follows:

Class 1 -

  • History of youth work
  • Youth work today
  • Who are young people?

Class 2 - 

  • Subcultures
  • Historical perceptions of young people
  • Ethics and values

Class 3 -

  • Theories and frameworks of youth work
  • Code of ethics

Class 4 -

  • Communication
  • Policy context and development

Class 5 -

  • Theories and frameworks part 2
  • Reflective practice
  • Building rapport with young people

Class 6 -

  • Theories and frameworks part 3
  • Youth workers versus other professions which help young people

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Additional resources will also be available ‘Blackboard’. A set of readings will be made available to you including journals and texts that may support you in the program.

Overview of Assessment

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment.


To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher when you have completed the assessment tasks. 

Assessment 1

Case study - written responses to questions and answers – respond the case study about working with a young person in a youth work agency

Assessment 2

Research & written report to develop an understanding of some developmental theories and practice frameworks to enable your work as a youth worker.

Assessment 3

Work place assessment including 120 hours of WIL placement, role play, demonstration of skills in a simulated work environment, written response to questions, work placement report, WI workplace supervisor report, and assessment by the RMIT supervisor in the workplace

Assessment 4

Observation in the workplace environment by the RMIT supervisor

Grades that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:You should refer to the assessment plan which is available on Blackboard for details of each assessment task and for detailed assessment criteria.

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.


A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.


Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca


Assessment Tasks

There are three assessment tasks for this course

  1. Knowledge quiz.  Answer the provided questions which relate to the theory provided in class.  Due date 23.03.2015
  2. Case study - Read the case study and respond to the questions provided Due date 23.02.2015
  3. Work based assessment.  Due date 30.10.2015 (final)
  • You are required to complete a Work Placement Assignment while you are on Work Placement.
  • The complete Work Placement Assignment is located in your Work Placement Logbook. The Assignment is in three parts with questions that focus on three different young people/groups of young people that you work with on Work Placement.
  • Part A of the Work Placement Assignment focusses on the two courses:
  • • CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people
  • • CHCYTH002 Work effectively with young people in the youth work context
  • However, you must satisfactorily complete all three parts of the Assignment and all other Assessment tasks to gain competency in these courses.
  • An RMIT Youth Work Teacher will visit you and your Work Placement Supervisor to discuss your progress in the required skills and knowledge.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant course. These are available from the Program Co-ordinator.

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.
Attendance: 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.
Feedback: You will receive verbal and written feedback by 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 (unresolved)
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

A Police Check and a Working With Children Check are required to do this course and must be shown to staff before placement can commence and be counted towards your hours.

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