Course Title: Support young people to create opportunities in their lives

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: HWSS6018C

Course Title: Support young people to create opportunities in their lives

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 44540

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

 Trevor Bayley

Nominal Hours: 45

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 develop the skills and knowledge required to assist young people to identify the challenges and opportunities in their lives and to work towards their goals on an individual or group level.  This applies to all youth work roles where the young person is the primary client.


This unit is delivered and assessment with CHCYTH010 Provide services to young people appropriate to their needs and circumstances

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCYTH003 Support young people to create opportunities in their lives


1. Create a relationship of trust and respect

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Apply principles of youth work practice to facilitate safe individual or group processes for interaction

1.2 Identify the conditions necessary for young people to change and grow

1.3 Listen to and observe the young person’s stories experiences, and behaviour to clarify concerns and needs

1.4 Encourage and support young people to identify relationships between their issues and social structures

1.5 Respect the young person’s culture/s and way of interacting


2. Work with young people to identify their needs, rights, strengths, hopes and opportunities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use a range of communication skills to identify and explore the young person’s challenges, strengths and resources

2.2 Encourage the client to reframe their current circumstances to support their own understanding

2.3 Identify and acknowledge circumstances outside the young person’s control

2.4 Support the young person to communicate their issues or problems in a way appropriate to their individual needs, background and culture

2.5 Take appropriate action to address immediate issues or concerns

2.6 Confirm own understanding of issues and opportunities with the young person


3. Identify goals with the young person

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use creative methods, processes and questions to consider and create possibilities

3.2 Establish with the young person their desired outcomes

3.3 Assist young people to explore future possibilities and ways of being

3.4 Identify barriers that hinder the way young people would like changes to take place


4. Develop and implement action plans

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use a range of youth work interventions to create future opportunities

4.2 Explore additional resources needed to achieve goals

4.3 Develop proposals and strategies for action plans

4.4 Measure and ensure change is noticed

4.5 Document intervention work as required

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

Learning activities for this course include:

  • reflective listening exercises
  • paired work
  • group work
  • case studies
  • media clips
  • class discussion.

Teaching Schedule

The Teaching Schedule for this course is as follows:

Class 1

  • Creating a relationship of trust and respect

Class 2

  • Create a relationship of trust and respect

Class 3

  • Work with young people to identify their needs, rights, strengths, hopes and opportunities

Class 4

  • Identify goals with the young person

Class 5

  • Develop and implement action plans

Class 6

  • Work place assessment

Class 7 .

  • Work place assessment

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


To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive written feedback on all assessment (refer to MyRMIT for assessment criteria).


Assessments will include:

Assessment one

Develop two action plans for young people in response to case study scenarios

Assessment two

Role play to demonstrate communication skills needed when working with young people (Individual video required)

Assessment three

Written response to questions about advocacy

Assessment four

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) 120 hours of placement in a youth work agency,  workplace assessment requirements and a written report


assessment requirements aligned to WIL activities.


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.  Action Planning a SMART goal (in class).  Due date:

2.   Assessment Task 2 – Workplace Assignment Action Planning with a young person  Due date 29.07.2015

  • Students will be provided with a covering letter and must give this to their placement manager or mentor to be signed. The letter outlines the parameters of the assessment task, what is required of students and the contact details of RMIT staff
  • Students must interview one young person whilst on placement (choose a young person you have become familiar with and have built a rapport and relationship with)
  • You MUST obtain the young person’s written and informed consent to participate in this process, young people must not be identified; please do not use their real names or details for this assessment task. Consent forms will be provided to you.
  • With your chosen young person ask them to explore and identify a goal with your help that they wish to achieve in a short-term period (approx. 3 months or less)
  • Using template provided in class complete the goal action plan with the young person, using the SMART system
  • You must complete the action plan as outlined below 

 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 units:
  • • 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 units.
  • 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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