Youth Work Practice (Community and Group Work)


VET Diploma Level Subject

In this subject students will use their knowledge of how social and structural barriers can impact on young people and will develop a program to address this. This will be through developing an advocacy campaign or a community development project with a group of young people. Skills developed include group work skills, skills working within organisational policies and procedures and planning and evaluation skills.

Learning Elements

Subjects are composed of Units of Competency from the government endorsed Diploma of Youth Work Training Package. This subject has three units of competency: CHCYTH008 Support young people to take collective action, CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities and CHCCDE012 Work within organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes.

The unit of competency CHCYTH008 Support young people to take collective action contains five elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • Encourage and support young people to develop and use networks
  • Support young people to come together to plan collective action
  • Support young people to identify and form alliances with key stakeholders
  • Support young people to implement their strategies or action plans
  • Assist young people to monitor and evaluate strategies

The unit of competency CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities contains four elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • Plan group activities and resources
  • Coordinate group planning processes
  • Manage group processes and conflict
  • Evaluate group activities

The unit of competency CHCCDE012 Work within organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes contains five elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • Work within the structures and process of the organization
  • Assess extent to which organisation supports community development work
  • Utilise all levels of government for community development activities and projects
  • Maintain the profile of community development activities and projects
  • Maintain management for community development activities and projects

Content Areas

  • Getting to know your community
  • Identifying needs
  • Coordinating group planning processes
  • Community development in your organization
  • Defining the key issues
  • Bringing everything together
  • Implementing ideas: Planning for the best
  • Implementing ideas
  • Plans for action: Resourcing community development
  • Advocating for change
  • Promote and evaluate

Subject Duration and Workload

This subject involves a total of 174 hours per term of study including course work, teacher contact, work placement and research and related study activities.

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 assessments based in work placement.