This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify signs of possible abuse, take appropriate action according to role and responsibilities and minimise the risk of abuse to a person.  This unit applies to workers in a range of community services contexts.  

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - recognised and responded to 3 different types of suspected abuse in accordance with legal and organisation requirements.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legal and ethical consideration relevant to recognising and responding to abuse and how these are applied in an organisation and individual practice, including: duty of care; human rights; informed consent; mandatory reporting; privacy, confidentiality and disclosure; - current issues and debates relating to abuse; - types of abuse; - abuse statistics and characteristics; - nature of people who may be more vulnerable to abuse; - different interpretations of abuse and the importance of recognising different value systems; - relationship between abuse and devaluation; - roles and responsibilities of different people in suspected abuse situations; - indicators and behaviours of people that might raise suspicion of possible abuse; - systems and procedures used to manage suspected abuse, and; - sources of authoritative information and guidance.

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