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Practice Area 

The content of the Home Stretch WA Community of Practice (CoP) online self-directed learning, is pitched at a base level or the minimum standard required for a coach to implement the Home Stretch WA service, in accordance with the Model Integrity Framework (MIF).

 

Given the wide range of lived and learned experience of each participant, the content of a particular module may vary between, quite simple to fairly challenging, depending on the individual. Extra support can be found in the suggested reading and helpful tools sections, designed to complement each practice area. Participants who find they are breezing through the modules, can focus more of their time on the areas they find challenging by applying the learning to some of the complex case studies provided or consider how to support a young person in different cultural contexts, using the Cultural tips noted throughout the modules.

Learning Content

Learning Participants

The learning is targeted at frontline staff who are part of a provider team, supporting young people leaving out-of-home. Other supporting team members may also benefit from participating in the online learning.

 

The learning modules are designed to be supported by the participant's Coordinator, Team Leader or equivalent position. Many of the learning activities involve engaging with a team mate, supervisor or young person to gain the most out of the practice-based activity. The participant's line manager is also required to sign off on the participant's completion of each Module before a Certificate is awarded. 

Learning Experience

Each practice area has a number of learning modules that include videos of Lived Experience Consultants and CoP members providing information and participating in role play practice examples, as well as previously recorded live Practice Hours or Training sessions. Links to reading material including Policies, Flow Charts, Practice Guides and Fact Sheets are provided to support your self-directed learning experience explaining the what, why and how of the Practice Approach, bringing to life the knowledge and experiences of young people, Lived Experience Consultants, Aboriginal Community and members of the Community of Practice.

Do

A range of activities or 'Practice Points' support taking on board new knowledge and enhancing current knowledge, as well as practice of learned skills and behaviour. Practice Tools and Supporting Guides are suggested to enable practice of your learning.

Share

Discussing learning with your 'Learning Circle' - including peers in your team, practice supervisors or other Community of Practice team members helps to embed knowledge, increase understanding & build skills. You can utilise team meetings, case discussions, 1-on-1's, Working Groups, Practice Hours, Q&A sessions or written exchanges in the Forum groups.

Reflect

A variety of 'Reflective Practice' activities and resources are provided throughout each learning module to support you to make the connection from the theoretical Practice Approach to the context of your work with young people. Reflective practice can occur in groups such as case discussions, supervision and intentional self-reflection.

Navigating the Learning

  • To maximise your learning experience, access the Practice Areas below in the order they are listed, completing the learning activities for each Practice Area, including the quiz, before moving onto the next one. 

  • Once you have finished the learning activities and satisfactorily completed the quizzes in all modules in a Practice Area, you will be emailed a 'Certificate of Completion' for that Practice Area.

View & Read

Smooth Transition

Working together with a young person and the District to ensure a seamless continuation of support from the care system qt 17.5 years into the Home Stretch WA program until the age of 21 years. 

Practice Areas

Learning Hours

5 hrs

5 hrs

5 hrs

Transition Coaching

A consistent and reliable youth worker who provides flexible, one-to-one support to young people, focusing on coaching towards interdependence, working from a guiding set of practice principles to ensure young people build self-reliance, skills, capacity and connection to community, culture and country.

Support Circles

Supporting young people to develop an enduring network of personal, family and community connections - a Support Circle.

Staying On

A continuation of a stable living arrangement with the young person's carer which includes payments to the carer and a contribution from the young person. 

5 hrs

5 hrs

Housing Allowance

Financial support for a young person to assist them to access a broader range of safe, stable and affordable living arrangements as well as support to develop their skills to maintain safe and stable housing.

5 hrs

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