This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to enable young people to participate in the decision-making that affects their lives.  This unit applies to youth work where the primary concern is to support groups of young people in taking action to meet their needs or responding to community issues.

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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: - enabled youth participation through discussion and networking on at least three separate occasions; - actively engaged young people using communication skills appropriate to specific youth context and culture; - supported and enabled at least two young people to: arrange group meetings; publicise group objectives to broader youth audiences; plan strategies and actions, resources, timelines, responsibilities; access support; identify, contact, inform and negotiate alliances with stakeholders, and; - evaluated strategies and reported on outcomes to stakeholders internal and external to the organisation.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - power imbalances in the professional relationship; - relevant policies and procedures of the organisation, including values and ideologies and how this impacts on the collective action; - ethical responsibilities when working with young people to take collective action; - models and tools of advocacy, community development, self-help, youth participation, and peer education; - theories of interpersonal communication, dispute resolution and principles of negotiation; - principles and theories of group work and structured and unstructured groups, and; - documentation processes and evaluation methods.

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