Course Title: Engage respectfully with young people

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2022

Course Code: HWSS6016C

Course Title: Engage respectfully with young people

Important Information:

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School: 535T Social Care and Health

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5331 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact: Sarah Davidson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8871

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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 course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with young people (aged 12 to 25 years) in work roles with a specific focus on young people.

This unit is taught and assessed with:


CHCYTH002 Work effectively with young people in the youth work context

CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people


1. Communicate effectively with young people

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Listen to the young person to gain understanding of their experiences

1.2 Foster communication exchanges that support the development of trust and rapport

1.3 Process information about the young person’s situation from their perspective

1.4 Use a range of appropriate communication strategies to engage with young people

1.5 Consider cultural sensitivities in communication techniques and adapt style and language to accommodate different cultural values and practices

1.6 Maintain young person’s confidentiality in the context that the young person is the primary stakeholder


2. Reflect understanding of youth cultures and subcultures and young person’s own development

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Consider youth culture and subcultures of the young person in all actions and decisions

2.2 Consider the young person’s individual development in all actions and decisions

2.3 Evaluate issues in relation to young person’s culture and modify approaches appropriately

2.4 Select activities and resources to promote awareness, respect the young person and value diversity

2.5 Establish guidelines that are relevant to the culture and background of the young person

2.6 Assess the impact of own cultural values, cultural lens and ethnocentrism in youth work


3. Work with the young person as the focus

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Apply youth-centred practices when working with young people

3.2 Respect the rights, needs and responsibilities of the young person

3.3 Explain worker rights and responsibilities to the young person as necessary

3.4 Establish a professional relationship and boundary expectations with the client

3.5 Identify and manage power inequities in the professional relationship

3.6 Apply principles of ethical decision-making in working with young people


4. Reflect on own practice and values

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify opportunities to reflect on own interactions and practices with young people

4.2 Recognise areas where own biases, background and opinions may have impacted on work with the young person

4.3 Seek opportunities to address any concerns or areas for development

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

Classes where information is shared through talks and group discussions, and exercises are conducted to apply learning. Time in class, will also be spent working on applied assessment tasks.

Teaching Schedule



Week 1

 Topic 1 Engage respectfully and Work effectively with young people


Week 2

Topic 1 Engage respectfully and Work effectively with young people


Week 3

Topic 2 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk


Week 4

Topic 2 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

Week 5

Discuss Task 2 and 4(Placement Tasks)

Complete Task 1 in class.


Week 6

 No class

Week 7

No class

Semester -2



Week 9

Revisit concepts-

 Revisit Task 2 and Task 4

Discuss Task 3 Role play

Week 10

Role play Prep in class/ practice role play

Week 11


Role play

Week 12


Week 13


Week 14

Role play

Week 15

  Assessment task support


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:
The learning Lab
The Study Support Hub
English for uni workshops

Overview of Assessment

Students must complete 40 hours of work placement supported by RMIT to achieve competency in these units.  These units support students learning and assessment in the workplace.


Assessment Task 1: Knowledge Questions

Assessment Task 2: Research Assessment

Assessment Task 3: WIL Observation

Assessment Task 4: WIL Observation

Assessment Task 5: WIL Observation

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: The purpose of this assessment is for you to demonstrate theoretical knowledge that you need to apply to your practice as a youth worker.

Assessment Task 2: The purpose of this assessment is for you to find information in your workplace to enhance your understandings of working with young people. This information will build on the induction program you have undertaken at the start of your work placement. In your induction you would have been given workplace policies and procedures and a code of conduct for youth workers which you will need to complete this task.

Assessment Task 3: The purpose of this assessment task is for you to demonstrate how to respond to incidents in the workplace and meet duty of care requirements when working as a youth worker. An assessor will observe you communicating and engaging with one young person regarding an incident. You are required to respond appropriately to the situation and follow your duty of care requirements.

Assessment Task 4: The purpose of this assessment is to observe you communicating and engaging with young people in a youth work context.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency.

 The assessment matrix is located in Canvas, at the end of each assessment task.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

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