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CHC50215 Diploma of Community Services

Diploma of Community Services (General) and Diploma of Community Services – Statutory Forensic Child, Youth and Family Violence

Note: The Statutory & forensic child, youth & family welfare specialisation (stream 1) must be achieved in order to meet the minimum education requirements for child protection and youth justice practice in Victoria.

This course does not have a ‘no fees’ option.

What is this course about?

The Diploma of Community Services at VACSAL is offered in two streams dependent on your desired employment pathway. Our Diploma is a Nationally Recognised Qualification and we are currently seeking to have it further accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA), the national body for community work practitioners in Australia.

This course/qualification aims to recognize and build on the skills of those who work in roles in community services, case management, social housing, family violence, and child protection as well as many other community focused roles.

The Diploma of Community Services (General) has eight core units and eight electives. The specialist Statutory Forensic Child, Youth and Family Violence stream has an additional two electives that will need to be completed to attain this diploma.

 

You will gain knowledge and learn about:

  • Working with cultural integrity, in a cultural and social framework
  • Leading wellbeing support and debriefing
  • Healing/protecting child and family wellbeing  
  • Advocating and case managing
  • Counselling skills
  • Working with and for the community

 

Unit Code

Unit Name

Hours

Core Units

 

CHCPRP003

Reflect on and improve own professional practice

120

CHCDIV003

Manage and promote diversity

80

CHCCOM003

Develop workplace communication strategies

100

CHCCCS007

Develop and implement service programs

100

CHCLEG003

Manage legal and ethical compliance

80

CHCMGT005

Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes

120

HLTWHS004

Manage work health and safety

40

CHCDEV002

Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services

100

Elective Units

 

CHCCSL001

Establish and confirm the counselling relationship

100

CHCCDE011

Implement community development strategies

70

CHCDEV001

Confirm client development status

60

CHCCSM005

Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

75

CHCCCS004

Assess co-exiting needs

80

CHCDFV001

Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

50

CHCPRT001

Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

40

CHCADV002

Provide advocacy and representation services

80

Two electives for specialisation qualification  - Statutory and Forensic Child, Youth and Family Welfare

CHCMHS013

Implement trauma informed care

80

CHCPRT003

Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people (R4)

50

Total hours for Diploma without specialisation

1295

Total hours for Diploma with specialisation

1425

 

 

How is this course being delivered?

  • Workshops 1 day a week over 43 weeks (February to December) 9.30 am to 4.00 pm
  • Supervised tutorials 1 day a week over 43 weeks (February to December) 9.30 am to 4.00 pm for more learning support and completing your assessments
  • Each week you will need to spend about 2-3 hours in private study and completing your assessments.
  • Your workplace is another essential element to the delivery of the course as this will make up hours for your placement and learning outcomes.
  • If you are doing stream 1 you will be required to do another 140 hours in a different work role (this can be explained more by speaking with the course co-ordinator).

How is this course being assessed?

  • Assessment activities during workshop sessions
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Workplace based assessments

This course can provide a pathway into further specialized study, including:

CHC81215 Graduate Certificate in Statutory Child Protection

CHC82015 Graduate Certificate in Client Assessment and Case Management

CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management

 

The skills you will attain from successful and meaningful completion of this course can lead you to a career as a: 

  • Community Development Officer
  • Community Support Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Youth Accommodation support Worker
  • Note: The Statutory & forensic child, youth & family welfare specialisation (stream 1) must be achieved in order to meet the minimum education requirements for child protection and youth justice practice in Victoria.

 

 Am I eligible?

  • Students  must be 18 years of age or older
  • Students must currently be working in the community services sector and have at least 2 years’ experience working with individuals, families and/or communities.
  • It is preferable that students have completed the Certificate IV in Community Services NB: Students who do not have a Certificate IV in Community Services may be accepted if they have 2 or more years of considerable work experience as a community services or health worker providing direct client services to children/young people, individuals and/or families.
  • Students must be able to attend scheduled workshops. The program has been designed to be delivered in a classroom and students must be able to attend the scheduled sessions as per the timetable.
  • Students must be able to provide a current Police Check and Working with Children Check (WCCC).
  • To qualify for ACWA membership, students must undertake at least 400 hours of work in the community services and/or human services field.

 

How will I be selected?

When you contact the VACSAL RTO, they will talk to you about whether you are eligible to do that course and if there are places available for enrollment.

Student Handbook [DOWNLOADABLE PDF]

Program Brochure [DOWNLOADABLE PDF]