Course Title: Manage legal and ethical compliance

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: LAW5736C

Course Title: Manage legal and ethical compliance

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5331 - Diploma of 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

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


Course Description

In this course you will gain the skills and knowledge required to research information about legal compliance and ethical practice responsibilities, and then develop and monitor policies and procedures to meet those responsibilities

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance


1. Research information required for legal compliance

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify sources of information about compliance requirements

1.2 Evaluate own area of work and determine scope of compliance requirements

1.3 Access and interpret information relevant to area of work

1.4 1dentify risks, penalties and consequences of non compliance

1.5 Assess and act on need for specialist legal advice 


2. Determine ethical responsibilities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify the ethical framework that applies to the work context

2.2 Incorporate scope of practice considerations as part of ethical practice

2.3 Evaluate responsibilities to workers, clients and the broader community

2.4 Model ethical behaviour in own work


3. Develop and communicate policies and procedures

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Clearly articulate and document policies and procedures to support legal and ethical practice in readily accessible formats

3.2 Integrate documentation and record keeping requirements into policies and procedures

3.3 Ensure systems protect client information

3.4 Nominate the roles and responsibilities of different people in meeting requirements where multiple people are involved

3.5 Distribute policies, procedures and legal information to colleagues and peers in a timely fashion


4. Monitor compliance

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Evaluate work practices for non-compliance on an ongoing basis, and implement modifications

4.2 Maintain and update required accreditations or certifications

4.3 Refer issues or breaches of ethical or legal practice to relevant people


5. Maintain knowledge of compliance requirements

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify and use opportunities to maintain knowledge of current and emerging legal requirements and ethical issues

5.2 Share updated knowledge and information with peers and colleagues.

5.3 Pro-actively engage in process of review and improvement

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:

This course learning activities will be supported and complimented by RMIT’s on line learning management tool Canvas.  Other essential learning activities take place during the workshops, and you will also be required to undertake independent studies.  Some learning activities that you will undertake in the workshops are:

  • Class discussion
  • Documentary viewing and discussion
  • Group work projects
  • Questioning
  • Reflections and reviewing own legal and ethical work practice

Teaching Schedule





Elements of Competency


Assessment Due Dates




Kate Rizzo and Cath Bateman


Introductions to unit

  • Introduction to Unit
  • Learning intentions – Overview of Skills and Knowledge required
  • Workplace and work role context
  • Assessment overview

Task 1: Group work : Child Safe Standards

Task 2: Ethical responsibilities/Monitoring compliance

Task 3: Canvas quiz

  • Compliance : sources of information and advice on compliance
  • Youth Work & Health and Community Service Context
  • Risk Management



















Kate Rizzo and Cath Bateman


Frameworks, policies, procedures, protocols.

  • Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session
  • Legal and ethical frameworks (international, national state/territory, local), how these apply in the workplace, and the responsibilities of managers in the development and monitoring of policies and procedures
  • Policies, procedures and protocols – What are they, why are they important, importance of policy frameworks in community work.
  • Workplace exploration
  • Monitoring and Maintaining Compliance
  • Access and Equity Considerations


















Kate Rizzo and Cath Bateman



Child Safe Standards

  • Royal commission to family violence and the minimum standards.
  • Child Safety Standards Child First
  • Assessment : Child safe standards assessment task 1




In class assessment task 1. Week beginning 7th May 2018

Assessment Task 1 due 27th May 2018





Kate Rizzo and Cath Bateman



Failure of duty of care

  • Case Study – Fitzpatrick vs Moira Shire group activities
  • Child Safe Standards and assessment Task 1 continued








Kate Rizzo and Cath Bateman



Assessment Task 1 in class presentations








Kate Rizzo and Cath Bateman



Ethical considerations

Monitoring your organisations compliance

  • Ethical responsibilities
  • Monitoring Compliance
    • Evaluate work practices for non-compliance on an ongoing basis, and implement modifications
    • Maintain and update required accreditations or certifications
    • Refer issues or breaches of ethical or legal practice to relevant people


4.1, 4.2, 4.3


In class assessment

task 2. Week beginning 28th May 2018

Assessment Task 2 due: 10th June 2018





Kate Rizzo and Cath Bateman



Staying up to date

  • Maintaining compliance
  • Monitoring changes
  • Environmental scans
  • Cycle of compliance and accreditation

5.1, 5.2, 5.3






Kate Rizzo and Cath Bateman


  • Assessment Task 3: Canvas Quiz
  • Review of unit
  • Reflections on knowledge gained



Quiz and finalise assessments. Week beginning 11th June 2018

Assessment Task 3 due: 17th June 2018

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning resources


You will be provided with the resources and tools for learning in this course.  These resources will also be provided in Canvas.  They include recommended texts, relevant learning materials from subject experts and websites, DVD’s, class notes, case studies.

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.


Assessment Task

Child Safe Standards. This task requires the development of a policy in response to one of the Child safe standards - Individual report and group presentation.

Assessment Task 2

Case study - written response to questions regarding organisational legal and ethical compliance.

Assessment Task 3

Canvas Quiz; the quiz will be available on Canvas and completed online

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

Developing Policies and communicating policies and procedures relating to the recently introduced Child Safe Standards to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in developing policies and managing compliance.

a. Individual Task – Prepare a policy that addresses one of the seven Child Safe Standards to develop a child safe policy for a youth work organisation described in a case study.

b. Group Task – Prepare an induction video (5 minutes) or class presentation for one of the policies to guide new staff and volunteers of a community service organisation who work with young people to meet the requirements of this policy.

Assessment Task 2

The assessment task requires you to analyse one (1) case study and develop written responses to questions.  The case study addresses legal compliance breaches in the workplace  and the  legal and / or ethical and/ requirements needed to respond appropriately when working as a youth worker.

Assessment Task 3

Online Quiz addressing legal and ethical practice requirements in youth work available on Canvas.


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Work placement

The Diploma of Youth Work requires  160 hours of work placement in a youth work organisation, undertaking the kinds of professional tasks you could expect to perform while employed as a youth worker in order to gain competency in this unit of competency.  

Police Check
You must obtain evidence of a satisfactory National Police Records Check before undertaking work placements and will need to pay the associated costs.
You may be required to obtain a satisfactory National Police Records Check at the request of their placement agency.

Working with Children
You must provide evidence of a satisfactory Working with Children check before undertaking work placements and will need to pay the associated costs.
You may be required to obtain a satisfactory Working with Children Check at the request of their placement agency.

You may be required to provide evidence of immunisation for certain diseases before undertaking work placement. You will need to discuss the specific requirements of your placement with the course coordinator and/or WIL practitioner and will need to pay the associated costs for immunisation.

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

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of work submitted in hardcopy. For every piece of work submitted online you will complete an e-Declaration. The signed cover sheet or e-Declaration acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.


It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
1. a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
2. b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
3. c) You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student's work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations –;ID=r7a7an6qug93

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