This qualification covers 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/or government agencies.
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:
Juvenile justice officer
Youth justice officer
Secure environment worker
Youth residential worker
Unit coordinator / manager
Youth worker (juvenile justice)
15 units are required for award of this qualification including:
8 core units
7 elective units
A wide range of elective units is available, including:
Group A electives of which one unit must be selected for this qualification
Group B elective which is recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice
Group C first aid electives of which one or more 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 3 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 TGA or other public listing
CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships
CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
CHCORG303C Participate effectively in the work environment
CHCPROT510E Support the progress and development of young people
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 B elective - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice
Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients or communities, the following elective is recommended:
HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
Group C 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. One or more of the following first aid units may be required.
Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules. The following table shows electives suggested to address work requirements in 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
Community youthjustice work
Centre-based youthjustice work
CHCAOD510B Work effectively with clients with complex alcohol and/or other drugs issues
CHCCHILD401B Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCCHILD404B Support the rights and safety of children and young people