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Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention - Child Youth and Family Intervention

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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...

Key details

Degree Type
Certificate
Duration
9 months full-time
Course Code
CHC40313
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Jul, Aug, Oct, Nov

About this course

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.

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.

Entry 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.

Study locations

Fairfield

Career pathways

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 Aides working with OOHC children

Credit for prior study or work

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.