Course Title: Support the rights and safety of children and young people

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: JUST5166C

Course Title: Support the rights and safety of children and young people

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5244 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4115

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 40

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 unit describes the koweldge and skills required to address duty of care requirements, working within an ethical framework and applying relevant legislation, codes of conduct, international agreements, policies and procedures in identifying, responding and supporting children’s and young people’s rights and safety.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCHILD404A Support the rights and safety of children and young people


Apply ethical practices and safeguard the rights and interests of children and young people.

Performance Criteria:

1. Protect the rights of children and young people in the provision of services
2. Identify and seek supervision support for issues of ethical concern in practice with children and young people
3. Develop ethical practices for implementing professional boundaries consistent with child protection legislation in relevant jurisdiction
4. Recognise indicators for potential ethical concerns when working with children and young people
5. Respond to unethical behaviour of others by reporting to the appropriate person


Implement work practices which support the protection of children and young people.

Performance Criteria:

1. Comply with lawful instructions, regulations, duty of care and boundaries of practice in all work activities
2. Routinely employ child-focused work practices to uphold the rights of children and young peoples to participate in decision-making where it is age appropriate
3. Employ communication and information gathering techniques with children and young people in accordance with current recognised good practice
4. Ensure decisions and actions taken are within own level of responsibility, work role and legislative requirements
5. Maintain own knowledge and skills as required to work effectively and participate in practice supervision processes
6. Maintain confidentiality as appropriate
7. Provide an appropriate response as determined by organisation procedures, legal and work role obligations


Indentify indicators of abuse and act appropriately.

Performance Criteria:

1. Identify children and young people at risk of harm by routinely implementing child protection procedures when appropriate
2. Respond to disclosure in accordance with accepted standards ,techniques, and legislative obligations
3. Gather information about the child and young persons behaviour in order to identify uncharacteristic behaviour or other indicators which may indicate abuse
4. Monitor the circumstances of children who are identified as highly vulnerable to abuse
5. Identify indicators of abuse and report indications of possible risk of harm
6. Accurately record relevant specific and general circumstances surrounding risk of harm in accordance with organisation procedures, ethics and legal requirements
7. Promptly report risk of harm indicators in accordance with statutory and organisation procedures
8. Work collaboratively with relevant agencies to ensure the report has maximum effectiveness of report

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Teaching Schedule

This course will be delivered in conjunction with CHCCS502C Maintain legal and ethical work practices, over two workshops

  • February 28 2014
  • November 28 2014.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be required to utilise the Learning Hub for this course. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this unit enables participants to gain skills and knowledge that are directly applicable to their workplace while being encouraged to share current work practices. Assessment tasks involve team and individual projects and written assessment including questions and case studies. Based on your individual learning plan, you will be offered a number of learning strategies including workshop attendance, project work development and workplace support to your assessment needs for this program.

Assessment Tasks

For this course you will be assessed using the following methods:
• Underpinning knowledge Question: Discussion and reflection to be focused on how Youth Work concepts and principles covered in the readings and workshops apply in the context of developing and supporting a community of practice. Word length: 1000-1200 words. Due March 28 2014
• Research Paper: you will be required to read the policy framework “Positive pathways for Victoria’s vulnerable young people” (located on USB) and reflect on the implications of this framework on your current work practice. Word length: 1500-2000 words. Due: September 26 2014
• Evidence Portfolio: A compilation of evidence examples of your roles and responsibilities within the youth work program and of work undertaken within your own community/organization. Due November 2014

Assessment Matrix

Students will be awarded the following grades
• CA Competent
• NYC Not Yet Competent
• DNS Did Not Submit.
There is no graded assessment for this course.

Other Information

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

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. 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.

Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.Student feedback at RMIT :

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy

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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline :
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity :


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