• Haere mai, welcome

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    Haere mai and welcome to the online learning resource developed by Careerforce for this topic. US 16856 Describe group work and leadership in youth work in the youth development sector (version 5) is part of the Certificate in Youth Work (Level 3). The course page is open and available for all youth leaders and youth organisations to access and use. You will need to be enrolled with Careerforce as a trainee to complete the assessment and gain credit for this unit standard.

    Begin by looking around the course page to become familiar with its layout and see what resources are available. Work through each section 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 this topic

  • Leadership

    Leadership is a key role for all youth workers and can take on many forms. It may involve formally leading a group, teaching or mentoring somebody, or being a role model for a young person.

  • Group work

    Much of the leadership you'll do as a youth leader will involve working with groups. As with any relationship, bringing together a group of people takes time and effort - it doesn't just happen on its own. Understanding the stages individuals and groups go through when forming and developing will help you to manage group work effectively.

  • Boundaries and safety mechanisms

    Boundaries in youth work exist to protect youth workers, the young people they work with and the organisations they belong to. Organisations also have various safety mechanisms that ensure they provide a safe environment for everyone they work with.

  • Assessment

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    Congratulations on completing the learning for this topic! Check your understanding of the content by responding to the following statements.

    I can:

    • explain what leadership is, including its roles, functions and responsibilities.

    • describe different leadership styles and explain the benefits and limitations of each.

    • outline a model of group development.

    • describe and follow guidelines for maintaining appropriate boundaries between youth leaders and young people.

    • describe how safety mechanisms protect youth leaders, youth work organisations and the young people they work with.

    If you have responded yes to all of these statements, you are now ready to complete the assessment for US 16856 Describe group work and leadership in youth work.

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