This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support and protect children and young people who are at risk of harm. This work occurs within legislative and policy frameworks and carries a duty of care responsibility.

Unit details

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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: - implemented work practices which support the protection of children and young people, including: complying with regulations, legislations and duty of care responsibilities; employing child-focused work practices to uphold the rights of children and young people; maintaining confidentiality; providing appropriate responses in the protection of children and young people, and; - read and interpreted the procedures for reporting children at risk in line with organisational expectations and legislative requirements.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - indicators of the different types and dynamics of abuse as they may apply to age, gender, disability, culture and sexuality; - child protection legislation in the relevant state or territory; - United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; - impact of risk of harm; - duty of care responsibilities; - trauma-informed care; - ethical considerations, including: approaches that incorporate the conventions on the rights of the child, and human rights; obligations as defined by the job specification and employing organisation; obligations as stated in relevant codes of practice, licensing, accreditation registration to professional bodies, service agreements; principles of ethical decision-making; - overview of legal system and how it pertains to the job role, in particular: child protection system, including reporting protocols, responses to reporting and interagency policies; state/territory requirements and processes for notifying suspected abuse and reporting process; statutory and policy requirements relating to job role, and; - organisation standards, policies and procedures.

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