Working with Young People


VET Diploma Level Subject

In this subject students will develop an understanding of the developmental aspects of adolescence and the social and political context in which work with young people is undertaken. Students will be introduced to key aspect of youth work practice including how the sector is organized, the different ways of engaging with young people, youth work models and the different groups of young people encountered in this field. Within this, students will also be introduced to key skills youth workers need to develop to work effectively with young people including engagement, inclusion, a strengths-based approach, self-reflective practice, collaborative work with colleagues and the policy context of youth work.

Key Learning Elements

Subjects are composed of Units of Competency from the government endorsed Diploma of Youth Work Training Package. This subject has two units of competency: CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people and CHCYTH002 Work effectively with young people in the youth work context.

The unit of competency CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people contains four elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • Communicate effectively with young people
  • Reflect an understanding of youth cultures and subcultures and young person’s own development
  • Work with the young person as the focus
  • Reflect on your own practice and values

The unit of competency CHCYTH002 Work effectively with young people in the youth work context contains four elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • Apply an understanding of the social, historical, economic, legal and political contexts of young people
  • Apply an understanding of the context of youth work
  • Work within the core values and practice frameworks of youth work
  • Work with an understanding of the impact of values in determining the approach to working with young people

Content Areas

  • Youth-centered practice & code of ethics
  • Social context of youth work, diversity and subcultures: Urban tribes
  • Arts and recreation
  • Community development
  • Professional boundaries
  • Homelessness
  • Recognising power relations
  • Juvenile justice and policing
  • Mental health
  • Young people and the economy

Subject Duration and Workload

This subject involves a total of 144 hours per term of study including course work component, teacher contact, research and related study activities and workplace-based activity.

This subject is undertaken over a 12-week term. In addition to the 4 hours of teacher-led class time each week, students are expected to spend an average of 7 hours of study per week on this subject over the course of the term. In addition students will need to allocate additional time for the completion of assessment activities including workplace-based assessment work.