This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in the youth work context.  The unit focuses on historical and contemporary youth sector practice and understanding of the current status of young people.  This unit applies to work undertaken in all youth work roles where the young person is the primary client.

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: - followed effective processes for work with at least three young people; - checking and analysing information for assessment of risks, special needs, significant changes, and personal and social developmental levels for young people; - making decisions based on knowledge of the impact of cultural and personal values on behaviour and expectations; - providing appropriate support and/or services; - provided supervision and care based on assessed risk and justifiable degree of care and concern; - responded to risks and incidents of varying degrees of severity, and; - used clear and reassuring communication relevant to the culture of young people.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - cultural practices which will have an impact on decisions made about what allowances are made and what rights are given and responsibilities expected; - current status of young people in the context of: social and cultural context of youth; historical, economic, political and social contexts of young people; rights, needs and responsibilities of young people; risk-taking and social behaviour in young people; young people as primary client; changing contexts of young people; - processes for getting advice and assistance when there are ethical or professional issues; - relevance of the work role and functions to maintaining sustainability of the workplace, including environmental, economic, workforce and social sustainability; - impact of popular beliefs on values, attitudes and behaviour; - the organisation's codes of conduct or code of ethics/duty of care; - range of specialist support services and programs available to young people, and; - social, political, historical and economic contexts of the service response to the needs and interests of young people.

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