This unit will provide students with an understanding of the current Local, State and Federal Government policy and legislation regarding young people with diverse abilities and their families. Service delivery, advocacy and inter professional collaboration models will be examined in order to analyse the benefits and limitations of the current legal/court system regarding young people. Students will be given the opportunity to critically examine case studies outlining ethical issues around duty of care vs dignity of risk when working with young people who have diverse abilities. Other legal issues such as guardianship and power of attorney, consent and capacity, and justice plans all have significant impacts on a young person's life and the need for youth worker advocacy will be identified.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse the benefits and limitations of Local, State and Federal Government policy and human rights legislation regarding young people with diverse abilities and their families;  
  2. Link strategic thinking in terms of policy with operational action in procedures and youth work practices;  
  3. Articulate the role of youth work and youth workers and the roles of advocacy within a framework of discrimination and human rights;  
  4. Identify and collaborate with aligned professional organisations to maximise inclusion opportunities for young people of all abilities;  
  5. Identify and resolve issues or professional, ethics and discrimination that may arise when working with young people of all abilities within the justice system.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Complete a case study on the rights of young people in the community (800 - 1000 word limit). 30%
Report Prepare a report on an issue impacting on human rights. (1000 word limit) 50%
Test Test based on the unit content. (20 questions 60 mins) 20%
For students from courses other than youth work, the assessment task will focus on their discipline area.

Required reading

Essential Skills for Youth Work Practice 2nd
Sapin, K (2013),
London: Sage Publications

Further links to recommended readings and resources for this unit will be provided to students via the Learning Management System (VU Collaborate)

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