Semester 1 - Online
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This subject begins with an exploration of the concept of 'at risk' as it applies to young people, and the use and purpose of such a categorisation by relevant services and through policy. The impact of risk and protective factors on adolescent health and well-being will be examined including factors operating at individual, family and community levels. The course will discuss contemporary intervention approaches: most notably “strengths-based” practice, as well as collaborative holistic approaches to service delivery. After discussing the theoretical principles and philosophy underlying “effective”, or “exemplary” practice, students will be encouraged to explore innovative services relevant and accessible to the young people with whom they are currently working or would like to work with.
Intended learning outcomes
This subject is designed to enable students to:
- critically discuss the concept of being ‘at risk’ in relation to young people, including the different definitions and applications of the term;
- examine a variety of theories to explain positive and negative outcomes for young people;
- consider the efficacy of the service system’s currentresponse to the needs of young people ‘at risk’;
- identify the characteristics of effective and exemplary practice appropriate to the needs of the young people with whom they work;
- recognise the policy, legislative and organisational rules and guidelines within which professionals working with young people ‘at risk’ practice;
- reflect on a range of professional practice issues that need to be considered when working with young people ‘at risk ’ and identify the opportunities for incorporating appropriate and effective practice principles into their own work.
At the completion of the subject it is expected that students will have increased their capacity to:
• recognise their own and other professionals’ roles in the care of young people ‘at risk’, taking into account the complexity of practice issues;
• present an argument for intervention with a young person they consider to be ‘at risk’;
• formulate an effective plan for intervention with a young person ‘at risk’, articulating desired goals and outcomes;
• describe the process for effective referral, collaboration and consultation appropriate to their plan;
• identify the approaches, behaviours and techniques required to maximise the possibility of a positive long term outcome from their work with a given young person.
Last updated: 3 November 2022