Assess risk of harm to children and young people

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver CHCCHILD504B, 'Assess risk of harm to children and young people'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Plan response to report/ notification through assessment/investigation

1.1 Develop assessment/investigation plan and establish timeframes with regard to assessed risks to child/young person at intake stage

1.2 Incorporate legislative requirements and relevant legal processes into assessment/investigation plan

1.3 Advise other workers about their role using established procedures and protocols

1.4 Anticipate personal safety arrangements, negotiate with supervisor and incorporate into plan for contact with child/young person and/or family

1.5 Where agencies/professionals are known to be involved, consider visiting jointly in accordance with organisation policy and procedures

1.6 Access and analyse existing reports and other information and document appropriately

1.7 Identify and monitor level of risk to worker and child/young person/family, and plan actions accordingly

1.8 Contact other agencies as per established protocols and guidelines

1.9 Facilitate rapid medical and other relevant assessments and treatment to ensure safety of child and/or young person where appropriate

1.10 Discuss strategies for protective behaviour with child and/or family members as appropriate

2. Undertake assessment

2.1 Demonstrate clear understanding and ability to articulate risk in a child protection context

2.2 Elicit information regarding alleged harm in an holistic context and based upon an endorsed model of risk assessment as appropriate

2.3 Include all relevant family members, significant others and service providers in the assessment

2.4 Identify secondary sources of information and contact as appropriate

2.5 Include previous history of notifications/reports in risk assessment

2.6 Analyse information with reference to issues of vulnerability, resilience and consequences, in accordance with an endorsed model or risk assessment as appropriate

2.7 Make a professional judgement of assessed levels of risk, harm and well being (including immediate risk) in accordance with an endorsed risk assessment model and discuss with supervisor

2.8 Make referrals to other organisations in accordance with organisation policy as appropriate

2.9 Implement and record policy and procedures as appropriate, based on established priority ratings

2.10 Seek views of parents/caregivers regarding the alleged concerns and incorporate into the assessment of risk

2.11 Facilitate processes for engaging children/young people and families in problem solving

2.12 Organise and oversee specialist assessments as required

2.13 Observe and review all aspects of the child/young person's development and behaviour and include in the assessment

2.14 Discuss strategies for protective behaviour with child and/or family members as appropriate

3. Undertake analysis and decision-making

3.1 Gather information in accordance with principles of natural justice

3.2 Demonstrate awareness of client's social/ economic/cultural context and the impact of their current situation and include in the assessment

3.3 Collect expert medical and other reports to contribute to analysis and decision-making processes

3.4 Ensure all decision-making and resultant action is in accordance with organisation policies, protocols and procedures, legal requirements and authority

3.5 Involve the child/young person and family in the decision-making processes as appropriate, and provide information through the process

3.6 Prepare recommendations consistent with the case plan, assessed risk/need and available resources

Qualifications and Skillsets

CHCCHILD504B appears in the following qualifications:

  • CHC51908 - Diploma of Relationship Education
  • CHC51808 - Diploma of Family Intake and Support Work