• Haere mai, welcome

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    Haere mai and welcome to the online learning resource developed by Careerforce for these unit standards (US). US 16861 Describe safety management in youth work (version 7) and US 16857 Help to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate a youth development project in the youth development sector (version 5 which is now 10 credits) are part of the National Certificate in Youth Work (Youth Leadership) (Level 3). This integrated course page is open and available for all youth workers and youth organisations to access and use. You will need to be enrolled with Careerforce as a trainee to complete the assessments and gain credit for these unit standards.

    Begin by looking around the course page to become familiar with its layout and see what resources are available. Work through each topic with your employer, follow the links and complete the learning activities. They are designed to support your learning and prepare you for the assessment tasks.

    • About these unit standards

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      This learning resource covers two integrated unit standards. The units will help you understand what is involved in safely planning, developing, delivering and evaluating a youth development project. 

      You will be assisting a project coordinator from your organisation to implement a youth development project in your local community. You are not expected to be responsible for carrying out a project independently.

      Talk to your project coordinator about what your role will be in each stage of the process and how they expect you to assist them.


      You may find it useful to collate a portfolio for this project. This will help you organise your ideas and keep all your information in the same place. In your portfolio, you'll include examples of planning, relevant information from your project coordinator, your responses to learning activities, useful resources and support materials, your notes and so on.

      You might like to:

      • keep a folder for this project on your computer or laptop and store relevant files. You'll need to make sure you label each file clearly and in a way that makes it easy for you to find.

      • keep all your information together in a folder, a ring binder or box file. Label each document clearly and keep it in order so you can find it easily.


      Throughout this unit, you'll get to know two youth leaders, Litia and Millie. They each belong to a youth work organisation that is planning and implementing a community project.

      Litia and Millie will show how they apply their learning to their own youth work practice when assisting their project coordinators with their community projects.

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    • Developing a project

      Project development is about identifying a need for a programme and making it happen.

      Although you are not expected to complete the planning for the project by yourself, it is important that you understand what happens at every stage of project development and know the details of the project you are assisting with.

    • Planning and implementing a project

      Now that the need, aim and outcomes for your project have been identified, it's time to work alongside your project coordinator to plan the details of how it will be implemented. This involves working out:

      • why you are doing the project.

      • what you will be doing.

      • who will be involved, including young people, youth workers and other stakeholders.

      • how you will go about planning, implementing and evaluating the project (your processes).

      • where and when the project will be.

      • what resources you need.

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      Remember that you are not expected do all the planning yourself but you need to understand what your project coordinator has planned so that you can assist them in your role as a youth leader.

    • Managing risk and safety

      No matter how much planning and preparation you do, all projects have some risks involved. These risks need to be managed so that your project runs safely. Project coordinators identify potential risks, analyse their impact on the project and use risk management strategies to minimise or prevent them from happening.

    • Evaluating a project

      Once you have carried out a project, you need to evaluate it to see how effectively your planned outcomes have been met. Evaluating your work also provides valuable information for others who might be planning a similar project in future.

    • Assessment

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      Congratulations on completing the learning for these unit standards! Check your understanding of the content by responding to the following statements.

      I can:

      • identify the need and overall aim for a project I am working on.

      • write SMART objectives to guide the project and meet the overall aim.

      • assist my project coordinator in planning a project.

      • identify the potential risks that could impact on a project.

      • describe strategies for managing, minimising and transferring risk on a project.

      • carry out the project tasks assigned to me by my project coordinator.

      • provide feedback and other relevant information to assist my project coordinator in evaluating a project.

      If you have responded yes to all of these statements, you are now ready to complete the integrated assessment for US 16861 Describe safety management in youth work and US 16857 Assist with developing, planning, delivering, and evaluating a youth development programme or project.

      You can download the assessments from the Careerforce shop http://shop.careerforce.org.nz/

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