Course Title: Engage respectfully with young people

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5331 Diploma of Youth Work

Course Title: Engage respectfully with young people

Portfolio: Vocational Education

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.

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term1 2017,
Term1 2018,
Term1 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Term1 2020,
Term1 2021


City Campus


535T Social Care and Health

Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Term1 2022

Course Contact: Dianne Mackay

Course Contact Phone: +613 9925 4454

Course Contact Email:

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 

Students typically complete 160 hours of Placement for this unit 

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people


1. Communicate effectively with young people

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

3. Work with the young person as the focus

4. Reflect on own practice and 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 below elements.

1. Communicate effectively with young people

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

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

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

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

Overview of Assessment

Students must complete required  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/ Role play 

Assessment Task 4: WIL Observation


Completed Logbook also need to submit to successfully complete the assessment requirements 

  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 You will be given two (2) attempts for each assessment to demonstrate the required skills. A third (3rd) attempt can only be offered after discussions between teacher and the Program Coordinator and is not automatic. Resubmissions beyond two (2) attempts are at the discretion of the teacher and/or coordinator   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: