CHCPRT001 - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

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CHCPRT001 - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support and protect children and young people who are at risk of harm. This work occurs within legislative and policy frameworks and carries a duty of care responsibility.

This unit applies to workers in a range of job roles providing services to children and young people including in community services and health contexts.


The student has implemented work practices which support the protection of children and young people, including:

• complying with regulations, legislations and duty of care responsibilities

• employing child-focused work practices to uphold the rights of children and young people

• maintaining confidentiality

• providing appropriate responses in the protection of children and young people

The student has read and interpreted the procedures for reporting children at risk in line with organisational expectations and legislative requirements.

Implement work practices which support the protection of children and young people

• Identify children and young people at risk of abuse or neglect by observing signs and symptoms, asking open and non-leading questions, being aware of protective issues and using child protection procedures where appropriate

• Respond to disclosure, information or signs and symptoms in accordance with state legislative responsibilities and the service policies and procedures

• Routinely employ child-focused work practices to uphold the rights of the child and encourage them to participate in age-appropriate decision-making

• Employ communication and information-gathering techniques with children and young people in accordance with current recognised good practice

• Ensure decisions and actions taken are within own level of responsibility, work role, state legislation and service policies and procedures

Report indications of possible risk of harm

• Accurately record relevant specific and general circumstances surrounding risk of harm in accordance with state legislation, service policies and procedures and ethics

• Promptly record and report risk-of-harm indicators, including the circumstances surrounding the risk of harm according to service policies and procedures

• Ensure writing in reports is non-judgemental

• Work collaboratively with relevant agencies to ensure maximum effectiveness of report

Apply ethical and nurturing practices in work with children and young people

• Protect the rights of children and young people in the provision of services

• Identify and seek supervision support for issues of ethical concern in practice with children and young people

• Employ ethical and nurturing practices and observe professional boundaries when working with children and young people

• Recognise and report indicators for potential ethical concerns when working with children and young people

Knowledge Evidence:

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. These include knowledge of:

  • indicators of the different types and dynamics of abuse as they may apply to age, gender, disability, culture and sexuality
  • child protection legislation in the relevant state or territory
  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • impact of risk of harm
  • duty of care responsibilities
  • trauma-informed care
  • ethical considerations including:
  • approaches that incorporate the conventions on the rights of the child, and human rights
  • obligations as defined by the job specification and employing organisation
  • obligations as stated in relevant codes of practice, licensing, accreditation registration to professional bodies, service agreements
  • principles of ethical decision-making
  • overview of legal system and how it pertains to the job role, in particular:
  • child protection system, including reporting protocols, responses to reporting and interagency policies
  • state/territory requirements and processes for notifying suspected abuse and reporting process
  • statutory and policy requirements relating to job role
  • organisation standards, policies and procedures.
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