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Child, Youth and Family Intervention

Certificate IV in

Free TAFE Code: CHC40313

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Our courses are being delivered remotely
Melbourne Polytechnic is recognised as an essential service and continues to operate. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the way our courses are delivered will look a little different for the foreseeable period.

Most of our courses are being taught remotely with an interactive and supportive learning environment, including assessments wherever possible.

Limited activity or training which cannot be delivered entirely remotely will be delivered on campus, with strict health and safety measures in place.

Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

9 months full time / available part time

Duration

9 months full time / available part time

Requirements

Currently employed with an organisation supporting children or young people in the Residential and Out of Home Care Sector.

Next Intake

July, August, October, November

Next Intake

August, October, November

INDUSTRY ONLY DELIVERY FOR THE RESIDENTIAL AND OUT OF HOME CARE SECTOR

If you are working in the Residential and Out of Home Care Sector this is the minimum qualification you require. This qualification reflects the role of those who work in youth and family intervention, including practice specialisations in residential and out of home care, family support and early intervention.

A mandatory industry-recognised qualification

Children and young people who reside in Residential and Out of Home Care require the best possible care that can be provided. Most of these children and young people are vulnerable and have experienced significant trauma and rely on the expertise of support workers who know and understand Trauma Informed Practice.

Melbourne Polytechnic have been delivering this program since 2017 when the Minimum Qualification Strategy for Residential Care Workers in Victoria was released. Using our highly experienced trainers with Residential and Out of Home Care Industry knowledge we have delivered this training to over 2500 student across Victoria.

This Minimum Qualification Strategy for Residential Care Workers, requires all support workers who provide direct care in a Residential and Out of Home Care setting that is operated or funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to hold or be undertaking either:

  • Certificate IV in Child Youth and Family Intervention – This course is the mandatory minimum qualification for all residential care workers.
  • Trauma Informed Practice - This course is required for residential care workers that currently hold a recognised qualification as listed by DHHS on the Minimum Qualification Strategy.(Refer to: add link to Trauma Informed Training)

For further information on the Minimum Qualification Strategy refer to the DHHS website.

The course brings together a three way relationship between Students, their Employer (Industry) and Melbourne Polytechnic. This enables the student to be supported by both Melbourne Polytechnic and the employer to allow the student to meet all assessment requirements of their training. Working closely with large and small Residential and Out of Home Care providers across Victoria, Melbourne Polytechnic can ensure all course material is current and applicable to the practice of students and the expectations of employers.

Gain the skills to pursue your passion

At Melbourne Polytechnic, you will learn to support children and young people with complex trauma and learn about trauma-informed care, providing primary residential care and managing behaviours of concern. Developed in collaboration with the Residential and Out of Home Care sector, industry training providers and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, Melbourne Polytechnic was the first TAFE to offer this course to Victorian residential carers. The qualification also provides community services knowledge and skill sets related to child, youth and family interventions used to support workers within the broader community based settings. Supporting an industry model of delivery for students currently working in Residential and Out of Home Care, we deliver this training via Melbourne Polytechnic’s online learning environment, Moodle with either face-to-face or virtual classroom experiences.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

This course is designed to help those who work in youth and family intervention in the Residential and Out of Home Care sectors. This includes encouraging practice specialists in education, family support and early intervention to take their careers to the next level. This course enables you to meet the minimum requirements to work in the sector in the following roles:
  • Case Support Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Child Welfare Officer
  • Family Prevention Worker
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Youth Support Worker
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Out of Home Care Worker
  • Therapeutic Support Worker
  • Education Integration Aide

Pathways

You may be eligible to apply for further studies in community services, including disability work, and protective services work. On completion, you may apply for entry into our CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services.

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Course Details

Delivery methods

Remote learning with 12 days face-to-face Virtual Classroom. Must complete a minimum of 586 workplace hours working with a minimum of 5 children/young people.

Class Schedule

Full Certificate IV – 12 months
Trauma Informed Training – 6 Months

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways both in the classroom and in the workplace. Methods include online learning, on-the-job demonstrations of skills and knowledge, in class activities and written tasks.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
CHCCCS006 FACILITATE INDIVIDUAL SERVICE PLAN AND DELIVERY Core 120
CHCCCS009 FACILITATE RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOUR Elective 40
CHCCCS016 RESPOND TO CLIENT NEEDS Elective 60
CHCCOM002 USE COMMUNICATION TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS Core 55
CHCDEV001 CONFIRM CLIENT DEVELOPMENTAL STATUS Core 60
CHCDIV001 WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE Core 40
CHCDIV002 PROMOTE ABORIGINAL AND/OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL SAFETY Core 25
CHCLEG001 WORK LEGALLY AND ETHICALLY Core 55
CHCMHS007 WORK EFFECTIVELY IN TRAUMA INFORMED CARE Elective 40
CHCPRT001 IDENTIFY AND RESPOND TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AT RISK Core 40
CHCPRT003 WORK COLLABORATIVELY TO MAINTAIN AN ENVIRONMENT SAFE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE Core 50
CHCPRT005 WORK WITHIN A PRACTICE FRAMEWORK Core 50
CHCPRT009 PROVIDE PRIMARY RESIDENTIAL CARE Elective 90
CHCPRT010 WORK WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH COMPLEX TRAUMA AND ATTACHMENT ISSUES AND NEEDS Elective 75
HLTWHS001 PARTICIPATE IN WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY Core 20
HLTWHS006 MANAGE PERSONAL STRESSORS IN THE WORK ENVIRONMENT Elective 25

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $1020 $5100 $6850
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $1195 $5350 $7100
Per year $0
Per semester $0

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Please note:

Full Certificate IV: See "Tuition Fees"

Trauma Informed Training: $1,500 - $2,000

Concession subsidy available

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

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Requirements

You need to be currently employed with an organisation supporting children or young people in the Residential and Out of Home Care Sector.

If you are currently working in the Residential and Out of Home Care sector, please speak with your employer about undertaking this training. Your employer will need to register you for this training and confirm they will provide you with the workplace hours required to meet the assessment requirements of this qualification. Upon registration, you will be contacted to complete certain pre-enrolment requirements before initially enrolling.

If you are not currently working in the Residential and Out of Home Care sector and wish to find out further information about joining this sector, our experienced team can provide you with information about the sector and support you to make contact with our industry partners. Please contact 03 9269 8819 or email admin24CYF@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au for further information.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol this can be done online or you can attend our Skills and Job Centres to complete your enrolment in person.

If you require further information please contact 03 9269 8819 or email admin24CYF@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au

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