This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist young people to identify the challenges and opportunities in their lives and to work towards their goals on an individual or group level. This unit applies to work undertaken in all youth work roles where the young person is the primary client.

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: - interacted, encouraged and supported at least two young people in both an individual and a group setting; - supporting the young people according to their circumstances and the objectives of each individual's desired goals, individual needs, risks and circumstances, including education and employment; - supporting vulnerable young people and those with special needs and risks to participate in the decision-making and planning of actions and opportunities, and; - creating future opportunities for the individuals using a range of youth work interventions and documented measures of change.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - aspects of human behaviour and development related to young people, their personal and social development and relationships; - statutory requirements and application of the concept of duty of care and child protection; - organisation reporting procedures and practice; - case planning practices and principles; - principles of effective communication and cultural practices, and customs of the community and the young people in the service; - relevant organisation procedures and policies related to program, service and personal support for young people, referral, reporting of young people's issues and experiences, and; - support services and specialists and their guidelines for access and service provision.

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