This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to review the developmental status of a client. Note that the client may be a child or a young person.  Work at this level may require guidance and/or supervision from appropriately qualified personnel, especially where provision of direct client services is involved.  This unit applies to people working in a range of community service contexts including: juvenile justice, alcohol and other drugs services, mental health, and child protection.

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: - observed and questioned at least one client and their family and documented information relevant to the developmental status of the client; - confirmed client's developmental status prior to delivering services; - identified variations from normal development status and recognised and referred potentially serious issues in line with organisational requirements; - identified potential factors responsible for significant variations from normal developmental status and determined an appropriate response; - referred to or sought assistance from an appropriate person or authority in relation to variations from normal functioning, and; - complied with mandatory reporting requirements where appropriate.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - detailed aspects of human development throughout the lifespan; - key factors that may impact on the individual at identified stages of human development and their potential effects, e.g. the impact of trauma; - legal obligations, particularly in relation to child protection and elder abuse issues; - appropriate range of referral sources and associated protocols; - awareness of own values and attitudes and their potential impact on clients; - indicators of significant issues, and; - organisational standards, policies and procedures.

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