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Supporting and assisting families

Take the next step in your career in child protection with this advanced qualification. This course is perfect for people with a passion for working with vulnerable members of the community. The industry is experiencing strong growth, with the Australian Government expecting to see up to 50,000 job openings in the sector in the next five years. This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to work with young people and families in a number of different community settings.

During this course you will cover a number of core skills and strategies needed to support children and families, how to respond to specific situations, working effectively with children and young people, and provision of a safe environment. Our experienced teaching team will give you the guidance and industry insights you need to succeed in this field.

Successful completion of the course will qualify you to work in child protection or in youth residential care. Course details

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$10,150 VET Student Loan available

LOCATION/S

Gold Coast - Southport

Key dates and info

DURATION

Blended: 18 months

Course details

COST

  • Full Fee $7,650
  • Subsidised $4,164
  • Concession $3,417

Student Loan Available

07 5581 8300

No matter your question,
we are here to help!

How to enrol

Sylvia Planing

Choose from a range of rewarding career paths

Before commencing my Diploma of Community Services, I had reservations as to what specific career path I should take within the industry. However with the guidance and experience of my teachers by my side, I became better equipped to make a confident and informed career choice; one that provides me with options should I choose to focus on a different path.

Sylvia Planing
Diploma of Community Services

Thank you

A thank you to all our amazing students. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.

Key dates

LOCATION START DATE DELIVERY
Gold Coast - Southport 30 Jan 2018 Blended

Entry requirements

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast enrolment requirements:

  • completion of Year 12 or equivalent
  • 18 years of age or older
  • sound literacy and numeracy skills (with the ability to write essays and reports)
  • IT skills are required for online learning (with the ability to use the Microsoft Office suite e.g. Word, PowerPoint etc)
  • prepared to participate in a minimum of 240 hours of vocational placement and hold the necessary mandatory documentation (see Placement below)
  • To access Higher Level Skills funding for this course the prospective student must meet all subsidy eligibility.
  • Further funding incentives also apply to this course.  Please speak with a Customer Service Consultant on (07) 5581 8300 to check your eligibility.

VET Student Loan (VSL) - All applicants enrolling into this Diploma using the VET Student Loan option must provide a copy of their Year 12 certificate or an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 4 qualification or above issued in Australia.  Applicants that are not able to produce a copy of this document are required to complete the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) test before enrolment.

Please be aware that this program is comprised of units that include topics covering family violence, mental health and child protection and some students may be challenged by the sensitive nature of this information.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):  For RPL enquiries please contact the RPL Team at rplcoordinator.goldcoast@tafe.qld.edu.au.

Location/s

Gold Coast - Southport
91-99 Scarborough Street
Southport QLD 4215

Resources required

Students are required to purchase a USB to use in class.  Students will be required to access online content as part of this course.

Technical Specifications
Prospective students must have the following computer technical specifications before they can access the course materials and participate in the learning program:

  • Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Windows PC or Apple Mac - please note: portable devices (smartphones, iPads, tablets, slates) do not necessarily support all the features of Connect, our Learning Management System, and may not work properly for submitting assessments
  • Computer running a minimum of Windows 7 or Apple Macintosh OSX 10.8
  • Connect has been designed to function on these minimum browser versions: Google Chrome (latest) (highly recommended for students), Firefox (latest), Safari (latest), Internet Explorer 10 - older versions of browsers may not correctly display information
  • ADSL or Cable Broadband is highly recommended
  • Audio playback enabled on your computer (many activities use audio interaction)
  • Students may require a headset with the capacity to listen and talk back (USB connection headsets are known to give superior sound quality)

Timetable

This program is offered via mixed mode delivery for 18 months at Southport.

Mixed mode learning includes:

  • Weekly online sessions for each unit
  • Weekly face-to-face workshops to actively demonstrate your progression of skills and knowledge and undertake assessments on Tuesdays from 4.00pm-6.00pm at Southport (timetable subject to change).  Please note that the workshop frequency, day and time may be adjusted throughout the program depending on student attendance and student numbers. It is strongly advisable to attend the weekly workshop to practice skills and gain understanding of your assessment requirements.
  • For some weeks face-to-face classes will also be held on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 10.00am-12.00pm.  Please consult your timetable for allocated weeks.
  • Mandatory Intensive Skills weeks on Monday 26 February to Wednesday 28 February 2018 and Monday 13 August to Wednesday 15 August 2018 from 8.30am-5.00pm at Southport.
  • Mandatory Practical Skills weeks on Tuesday 22 May to Friday 25 May 2018 and Tuesday 30 October to Friday 2 November 2018 from 8.30am-5.00pm at Southport for assessments and group work. Your teachers will discuss this in more detail in your orientation week.

Your total weekly hours for study will be approximately 20-25 hours per week plus any vocational placement requirement.

Placement

Vocational Placement 
Placement may be provided in various ways, such as in blocks when there are no classes, or shorter sessions over a whole semester.

In accordance with industry expectation and availability of places, students must be available to:

  • attend full-time placement (students must be flexible to accommodate the placement provider regarding the structure of hours);
  • travel up to 45 minutes to attend vocational placement;
  • participate in a variety of shifts including morning, afternoon, evening, night and weekends (*morning shifts may start as early as 6.00am and evening shifts may finish as late as 11.00pm).

Students are responsible for:

  • organising their own transport to and from study and vocational placement as well as any domestic arrangements
  • organising leave with their employer (if applicable)
  • planning financially for their unpaid vocational placement
  • completing online study as per their timetable whilst on placement

TAFE sources and coordinates vocational placement on the students’ behalf. TAFE's Vocational Placement Team will work in collaboration with students and facilities to coordinate vocational placement activity, and students will be provided with due notice for shift work.

With prior TAFE approval, vocational placement may be arranged in a student’s current workplace. Students will need to speak with the Vocational Placement Team immediately after enrolment to confirm these details.

Condition of Enrolment - privacy
Student details are provided to Health Care and Community Service organisations for the purposes of vocational placement. Vocational placement is a core element of this program and therefore it is a condition of enrolment that you consent to the release of your information accordingly.

Mandatory Documentation
Please note: The Health and Community Service Industries dictate that TAFE Queensland Gold Coast must ensure that all students going on placement in community services hold the following documentation.  TAFE Queensland Gold Coast cannot guarantee placement for students who do not hold these documents.

Students must provide TAFE Queensland Gold Coast a certified copy* of each of these documents as soon as possible.  *Certified copy - photocopy certified by a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner of Declarations.

  1. Blue Card (Working with Children Check Queensland) - phone 1800 113 611 or http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au
  2. Australian Federal Police Check (AFP) - Potential students are advised to contact the Vocational Placement Coordinator should they have any notification or criminal history as this may impact on their acceptance by facilities for placement assessment and therefore affect course outcomes. Students must be able to provide an original Australian Federal Police check on request of a facility at any time. Please refer to the Australian Federal Police website to download the application form at http://www.afp.gov.au.  Approximate cost $45.00 (N.B: The certificate MUST be issued by the Australian Federal Police.  All other types of police checks will not be accepted.) Your current AFP documentation must be no older than 3 months prior to the start of study.

IMPORTANT: Any costs associated with these documents are in addition to course costs and will be borne by the student.

TAFE strongly recommends that students enrolling in any Health or Community Services program consider their eligibility to obtain the above documentation prior to enrolment

Work application requirements
To be assessed as competent in this qualification, individual workers are required to undertake a minimum of 240 hours of supervised work placements in a relevant community service delivery setting, involving, for example, child protection. Evidence provided by the supervisor will contribute to assessment of the candidate's ability to work at this level.

Units

To successfully achieve the Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention a total of 16 units must be completed consisting of 9 core and 7 electives.

UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence Elective
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Elective
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs Core
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management Core
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Elective
CHCDEV003 Analyse client information for service planning and delivery Core
CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies Elective
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Elective
CHCPRT004 Work effectively in child protection to support children, young people and families Core
CHCPRT005 Work within a practice framework Elective
CHCPRT006 Build professional practice and sectoral expertise Core
CHCPRT010 Work with children and young people with complex trauma and attachment issues and needs Core
CHCPRT012 Undertake and implement planning with at-risk children and young people and their families Elective

Disclaimer

Not all electives available at all campuses

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  • VET Student Loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements.
  • VET Student Loans give rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

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$4,164

SUBSIDISED

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$3,417

CONCESSION

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VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

Subsidised

The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

Concession

You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.

VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

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Payment options explained

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, or just want someone to talk it over with, call us on 07 5581 8300. We're here to help.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.

Outcome

CHC50313 Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention

Job prospects

  • Youth Worker
  • Child Protection Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Residential Care Worker

University pathways

A course with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast can be a great path to university. In many cases, you can save up to one year from your university qualification.

Read our University Pathways guide to learn all about it.

Sylvia Planing

Choose from a range of rewarding career paths

Before commencing my Diploma of Community Services, I had reservations as to what specific career path I should take within the industry. However with the guidance and experience of my teachers by my side, I became better equipped to make a confident and informed career choice; one that provides me with options should I choose to focus on a different path.

Sylvia Planing
Diploma of Community Services

Enrol now

You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Read the Pre-enrolment Information
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland

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tafegoldcoast.edu.au/study-with-us/enrolment-fees/enrol

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

More about RPL

More info:
http://tafegoldcoast.edu.au/study-with-us/career-changers-jobseeker/recognition-prior-learning

Orientation

Orientation for January 2018 intake: 8.00am-4.30pm on Tuesday 30 January 2018 at Southport, Level 4, Room 410 and 8.30am-4.30pm on Thursday 1 February 2018 at Southport, Level 1 (Ground Floor), Rooms 103/104.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 22 November 2017

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