This unit (CHCDEV002) of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to function independently and to plan and undertake community work and associated services. The unit describes the application of knowledge of the broad social and cultural context in which work is planned and implemented in the community services industry. This unit applies to workers who seek to better understand their client groups and issues that impact on the lives of their clients and hence on their delivery of services.

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: - advised, referred or provided at least three clients with access to services based on socio-cultural information gathered; - monitored and reviewed effectiveness of work and/or services provided to clients; - revised work and/or services provided to clients to enhance client outcomes and better address their social and cultural issues, and; - performed the activities outlined in the performance criteria of this unit during a period of at least 100 hours of work within a community services workplace.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - functions of social and cultural institutions within Australian society; - factors contributing to client experiences of inequality and the possible effects and consequences on their role in society; - effects and consequences of unemployment on clients and in our society; - contemporary frameworks and influences underpinning social policy; - political and economic theory and systems; - concepts of inequality and how they impact on individuals and society; - different beliefs about various stratifications in our society and the ways in which stereotypes develop, and their impact; - specific policy decisions and their impact on community work, and; - organisational standards, policies and procedures.

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