This qualification covers senior youth justice workers who supervise young people who have been directed by the justice system to be in the care and direction of authorised community and government agencies. Workers at this level may have some supervisory responsibility for other staff.
The supervision will be managed through a range of community and institution-based programs designed to meet the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people.
Occupational titles may include:
Senior youth justice officer
Juvenile justice coordinator
Shift team leader
Juvenile justice officer
Unit coordinator / manager / leader
Youth justice area manager
12 units are required for award of this qualification including:
8 core units
4 elective units
A wide range of elective units is available, including:
Group A electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice
Group B first aid electives which may be required for youth work in some jurisdictions
Other relevant electives listed below and grouped to facilitate selection for specific contexts such as community youth justice work or centre-based youth justice work
Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages
Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 2 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on the NTIS or other public listing
CHCCOM504A Develop, implement and promote effective workplace communication
CHCCS502B Maintain legal and ethical work practices
CHCCS506A Promote and respond to workplace diversity
CHCCS513B Maintain an effective community sector work environment
CHCYJ501A Develop and support a youth justice team
CHCYJ502A Respond to needs of youth justice clients
CHCYTH608C Manage service response to young people in crisis
The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice
All workers undertaking youth justice work need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.
Group A electives - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice
Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or more of the following electives is recommended:
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
Group B first aid electives - required for youth work in some jurisdictions
In some jurisdictions, it is a condition of employment that youth justice workers are competent in basic first aid. Candidates and employers should clarify any specific jurisdiction requirements for competence in first aid.
Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules. The following table shows electives suggested to address work requirements in the identified areas. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.
Elective groups shown in this table are recommended, but not necessarily required for work in the areas identified on the right
CHCAOD510A Work effectively with clients with complex alcohol and/or other drugs issues
CHCCM503C Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management
CHCCS521A Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide
CHCSW402A Undertake bicultural work with forced migrants in Australia
CHCOHC401A Inform and encourage clients and groups to understand and achieve good oral health
CHCOHC402A Support and encourage clients and groups to learn practical aspects of oral health care
To gain entry into CHC51508 Diploma of Youth Justice it is recommended that candidates have sufficient relevant work experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:
The application of knowledge with depth in some areas and demonstration of a broad range of technical and other skills
A wide range of tasks and roles in a variety of contexts, with complexity in the range and choices of actions required
The exercise of discretionary judgement and decision making under general guidance.
Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries