This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work with people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, including women and children experiencing family violence.  This unit applies to work in a range of roles at any level within a community services and health context.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:
CHCSOH001

Assessment

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: - worked collaboratively with 3 people (including women and children experiencing family violence) who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless, to identify and address barriers and issues impacting on their ability to secure housing; - provided advice to 3 people in relation to options for key agencies and services that provide appropriate housing and accommodation services; - identified 1 child at risk of homelessness and followed organisation and legislative requirements for referral and reporting, and; - advocated on behalf of 1 person and supported the person to advocate on their own behalf to negotiate options, services and pathways to address barriers and issues impacting on their ability to secure or sustain housing.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - context within which the system of housing has developed in Australia - different levels of government and their role in provision of housing - legal and ethical considerations, relevant to social housing and how these are applied in organisations and in individual practice; - underpinning values and philosophies relevant to working with people who are experiencing homelessness or risk of becoming homeless; - cultural issues which impact on housing system for minority groups; - changing social, political and economic context in which homelessness occurs - current and historical factors which impact on provision of housing - gender context of homelessness - range of consumers, consumer groups and stakeholders in relation to the Australian housing system; - structural causes which allow and maintain homelessness; - range of issues impacting on people who are experiencing homelessness or risk of becoming homeless; - specific issues facing individuals and existing services and outreach programs available to address their needs and rights; - risk and contributing factors of homelessness; - indicators of family violence, mental health issues, substance abuse and child protection issues; - the complexity surrounding family violence and legal requirements when dealing with people who are experiencing family violence; - housing options, range of tenures and the pathways of the homelessness service system; - private rental system; - own work role within the context of delivering services to homeless people; - organisation s role within the context of the sector; - access pathways for transient, marginalised individuals, and; - case management framework.

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