• Course Code
  • CHC52015
  • Course Type
  • Accredited Course
  • Study mode
  • On Campus
  • Online (With on-campus workshops)
  • Duration
  • 2 years
  • Starting Date
  • February 2020
  • Location
  • Warragul
  • Traralgon
  • Sale (FLC)
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Course Overview

If you want to work in child protection, a Diploma of Community Services Forensic/Statutory Stream is right for you. This is an Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) course and is the preferred course for anyone wanting to work in Child Protection. Get hands-on experience as you learn to manage, coordinate and deliver life-changing services to individuals, groups and your wider community. This qualification focuses on children and families in need, giving you specialised skills to support young people who benefit from your help.

When you specialise in Statutory & Forensic Child, Youth and Family Welfare, you’ll master the skills and knowledge necessary to work with the children, youth and families sector under the broad umbrella of community services. Learn to work autonomously under helpful directions from industry professionals.

Once you’ve completed your qualification, there are so many opportunities for further growth. You’ll provide direct support to individuals or groups while supervising other workers and volunteers. Learn vital case-management skills, program coordination techniques, and how to develop new concepts and support ideas. Join the community sector with knowledge at your fingertips.

This course is delivered with a combination of online and on campus workshops.


Sale - blended:

  • First year - Thursday 9.30am - 3.30pm
  • Second year - Tuesday 9.30am - 3.30pm
  • Workshop - Every second Wednesday from 5.00pm - 8.00pm rotating between Bairnsdale, Sale, Traralgon and Warragul. Not compulsory.

Traralgon - Face to Face:

  • First year - Monday & Thursday 9.30am - 3.30pm
  • Second year - Tuesday & Wednesday 9.30am - 3.30pm

Warragul - blended:

  • First year - Friday 9.30am - 3.30pm
  • Workshops -Every second Wednesday from 5.00pm - 8.00pm rotating between Bairnsdale, Sale, Traralgon and Warragul. Not compulsory

Compulsory online residential school:

  • First year - 29th April to 3rd May
  • Second year - 18th March to 22nd March
  • Workshops - Every second Wednesday from 5-8pm rotating between Bairnsdale, Sale, Traralgon and Warragul. Not compulsory

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Community Services Forensic/Statutory Stream (ACWA Accredited).

Career Opportunities

Community Care Manager, Coordinator of Volunteer Work, Team Leader, Care Team Leader, Family Services Coordinator, Support Facilitator (Community Services), Community Housing Resources Worker, Community Development Worker for Social Housing, Community Recreation Coordinator, Housing Manager, Housing Assistant, Assistant Community Worker, Community Worker, Aboriginal Housing Worker, Community Services Coordinator, Case Coordinator (Disability), Youth Housing Support Worker, Family Support Worker, Community Access Coordinator, Pastoral Care Counsellor, Aboriginal Neighbourhood House Coordinator, Case Coordinator (Community Services), Welfare Support Worker, Senior Youth Worker, Disability Team Leader, Support Facilitator (Disability), Community Housing Worker, Community Work Coordinator, Early Intervention Worker, Community Program Coordinator, Pastoral Care Worker, Assistant Community Services Worker

Opportunities for Further Study

Bachelor level courses in Community Welfare, Counselling, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences.

Further Information

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Must be 18 and over
  • Interview
  • LLN
  • Capacity to complete clear police check and working with children

Recommended entry requirements

  • Drivers licence
  • Suitable internet connectivity
  • Suitable technology e.g computer, video capabilities


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Participants will need access to a computer and an Internet connection


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans are available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. Higher level VET qualifications are at those at a Diploma level and above. VET Student loans are capped at a maximum for each approved course of study and the amount of the loan cannot be greater than your remaining FEE-HELP balance. If eligible for a student loan, you can access up to $10342 to help cover the tuition fees for this course. For more information about VET Student Loans and eligibility requirements, please click here.

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Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information

All successful students must be able to provide a clear National Police Check and Working with Children Check


Students are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of placement over the duration of the course. Usually students complete 200 hours in their first year and 200 hours in the second year. Placements must be in approved locations. Both placements must be completed to graduate from the qualification.
Placement for students are organised by course tutors. Students can received RPL for 260 hours of placement (current work/past work) but must still complete 140 hours of placement in another location for placement 2.
Placement is arranged by: Institute

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Unit Code

Unit Description


Implement trauma informed care


Manage work health and safety


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


Identify and respond to children and young people at risk


Reflect on and improve own professional practice


Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes


Manage legal and ethical compliance


Manage and promote diversity


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


Confirm client developmental status


Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management


Establish and confirm the counselling relationship


Develop workplace communication strategies


Implement community development strategies


Develop and implement service programs


Assess co-existing needs


  • Practical experiences / demonstrations
  • Oral presentations
  • Interviews
  • Group projects
  • Group discussions
  • Assignments
  • Workbooks

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