Duration:
1 year full time or longer for part time.
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning, Workplace
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Overview

Start your career in the rapidly growing community services industry and make a difference in the lives of young people and their families.

Throughout this course you will develop the skills necessary to work with at-risk youth and families in order to help improve their lives. Learn how to support people with complex trauma and support workers within the broader community sector.

This course will give you the skills to:

  • understand the provision of services and interventions for young people and their families
  • work within a practice framework
  • use effective communication to build relationships
  • work across a range of contexts such as community based organisations, residential services and outreach services
  • work with at-risk youth and families, as well as vulnerable individuals with the aim of improving their lives

You will undertake your training through our multi-award winning blended learning model, ensuing you get hands-on and work-based experience, including work placements.

Free TAFE 2019 - apply now

Eligible students won’t pay tuition fees for this course in 2019.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.

Find out more about Free TAFE.

This course is delivered through Victoria University Polytechnic’s award winning Blended Learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.

Victoria University Polytechnic, as part of Victoria University, believes in inclusivity, diversity and opportunity. We have a strong history of community engagement. We are proud of our varied cultural and community engagement projects with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities. VU works to address refugee issues, tackle diversity and social inclusion issues and improve the health and social wellbeing of the region.

Studying community services with us means you will be learning in an environment that values and embodies the principles of community development and community empowerment.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

Careers in community services

The welfare and community services sector is one of Australia’s fastest growing sectors, and is expected to continue growing strongly (JobOutlook). Upon completion of this course you you will be able to continue onto further training or find work across a range of careers, including:

  • case support worker
  • residential care worker
  • child protection support worker
  • child/youth support worker
  • family support/prevention worker.

Course structure

To be awarded the CHC40313 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention, a student must successfully complete a total of sixteen (16) units of competency, comprising of:

  • ten (10) core units, and;
  • six (6) elective units, of which:
  • at least four (4) units must be selected from the elective units listed in the CHC40313 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention qualification;
  • two (2) units may be selected from any endorsed training package or accredited course relevant to the work outcome.

Where appropriate, electives may be packaged to provide a qualification with a specialisation in residential and out of home care, or family support.  Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

Specialisations:
The Polytechnic currently off the following specialisation(s):
- Residential and out of home care, and;
- Family support.

Dual Specialisation: Residential and out of home care; Family support

To be awarded this specialisation(s), the following training package rules must be adhered to:

- all Group A (2) and Group B (2) units must be selected, and;

- two (2) units from the general elective list.

CORE UNITS

ELECTIVE UNITS

Group A

Group B

General

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of those who work in youth and family intervention, including practice specialisations in residential and out of home care, family support and early intervention. Workers operate under a broad supervision framework and within clearly defined organisational guidelines, service plans and position specifications.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check and Working with Children Check. Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.
The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:
- Police Record Check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
- Working with Children Check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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