PART 2B – Group Report

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Assignment 2 – Instructions and Case Studies (45%)

Due Dates

Part A- Oral Presentation (15%): Conducted in Weeks 6 – Week 9

Part B – Written Report (30%): Sunday of Week 10

Due date for uploading the presentation slides into Moodle is Week 6 (3 May 2023, 9:00a.m. – 9 May 2023, 11:55p.m.).


The presentation slides should be uploaded in Moodle by every member in the group prior to the group’s presentation.


Make sure that you save the presentation slides on a USB stick to use in class for your presentation.

This document will help you prepare your Assignment 2; it includes:

  • Instructions for preparing both Parts A and B of Assignment
  • Six case studies – you are to choose
  • The marking criteria for both parts of the assignment

Group Assignment: you will work as a group of four (4) students, unless instructed otherwise by your tutor. Your group will remain the same for all tutorial activities and for both Part A and Part B of this assignment.

  • Early in the term, students will be asked to form a group with 4 members from the same tutorial

·        Groups must be formed in week one (1) of the term. Students who do not self-select by then will be placed in a group by their tutor.

  • The group must select one case study to work on from the list
  • Both A2 - Part A (oral presentation) and A2 - Part B (the written report) must be on the same case study   selected by the group
  • Groups must begin preparing their presentations as early as possible; the first presentations will be held in class during week 6. All students are to submit their presentation slides unto Moodle in week 6. The presentation slides submission end date is 9 July 2023 at 11:55p.m. Students who have not submitted their presentation slides by the due date will not be allowed to present. Doing so will result in a similarity report of 100%, nevertheless, the Similarity Report for this assessment (in both Part A and Part B) are to be ignored, due to it being group work.
  • Ensure that you have saved your presentation slides on a USB stick to use in class for your presentation.
  • Your oral presentation (Part A) counts for 15% of your grade, while your written report (Part B) counts for 30% of your final grade.
  • All students in the group have the responsibility of submitting into Moodle (both Part A and Part B). Please note that every student has joint responsibility for preparing the slides and report, and for submitting the assignments on time. Ensure you all work together and in a timely manner.
  • Students will not be able to select the week they wish to present in. Your tutor will timetable all presentations for week 6 – week 9 inclusive.
  • Groups will then complete a written Report on the case study they presented and each member in the group should submit the report in Moodle by Sunday of week 10 (6 August 2023 at 11:55p.m.).
  • Once groups are formed, they cannot be changed.

PART 2A – Oral Presentation (15%)

NOTE! Group Power Point Slides must be submitted on the day of your presentation.

The oral presentations will be conducted in class, during lectures and/or tutorials from week 6 to week 9. Every group will need to be ready to deliver their presentation when called on the day your tutor has scheduled your presentation.

Please note not turning up for the presentation will result in a zero mark for the individual student who is missing from the group.

Oral Presentation Preparation

  • Once the group has selected the case study, you must share and allocate tasks relating to the case study to each member, and each member is to prepare a reasonable number (3-5) of PowerPoint slides to show their segment of the assignment during class
  • Each member of the group must present for 5 minutes, for a total of 20 minutes per group*
  • Please check the marking criteria below to see how you will be assessed during the
  • Regardless of who prepared which slides, the power-point presentation will be assessed as a whole, not by individual student contribution; this means it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the entire power-point presentation is coherent, neat, accurate, and follows all the marking
  • All sources must be referenced using APA 7 – any academic misconduct will result in penalty for the entire group.
  • All the students in the group will be given a mark in
  • The oral presentation will be marked as a whole project.

*Group size can vary depending on student numbers at the time of allocation. The 5-minute presentation remains the same as it is for each student in the group. If a group is smaller than 4, please check with your tutor regarding adjustments to the content of the presentation.


The group is to select one of the six case studies that feature an ethical dilemma for a community service worker in a professional context. The analysis of the case study will require you to:

  • Outline the facts of the
  • Identify and discuss the relevant ethical issue/s relating to the case.
  • Identify, name and explain the ethical and legal concepts pertinent to the case (e.g., dual roles, professional boundaries, duty of care, mandatory reporting requirements, as applicable) (Note!

these are examples; you are to identify those that are pertinent to your case study, NOT every concept we have covered in the unit are applicable to every case study!)

  • Demonstrate a clear ethical decision-making process drawing on one of the decision-making models covered in this Ensure you name the model, explain it, and apply it to the particularities of the case study.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the possible implications of the decisions the case worker can make to address the case study. Implications need to include the benefits and potential harms or drawbacks for the various stakeholders as applicable to each case study.

PART 2B – Group Report (30%)

Due Date: Due date Submissions of Part B (Written Report) commence on Sunday of Week 10

Word Count800 words per student contribution; as an indication/example, the total word count for a 4-person group* would be 3200 words excluding references. Note: word count is an academic issue/requirement and is assessable. Do not go below or exceed the word limit past 10%.

The group must complete a written report on your chosen case study, following the work you completed for the oral presentation.

Structuring the Report

While an oral presentation with power point slides is necessarily brief, sufficient only to capture the critical aspects of the case, in the Report you must expand on these. You cannot use bullet points in the Report as you would do in the slides; instead, the Report must be written in full sentence and paragraph structure, following the report writing conventions for academic work.

The Report must therefore follow the correct structure and organization of text including:

  • Cover page – all student names and ID numbers
  • Title page: case study number and title
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Several paragraphs constituting the ‘body’ of the assignment in which you conduct your analysis and discussion as per instructions above. NOTE: please do not call this ‘body’! Instead organize your paragraphs using sub-headings to group the content of your assignment in a coherent
  • Conclusion, summarizing the suggested recommendations.
  • Reflection: each student must include their individual reflection.
  • List of references: This must combine the references from all students which will be collated into a single list, following the APA 7th edition referencing
  • Minutes of your meetings: The Minutes must be brief but informative to clearly show who did what in the assignment.

A note on sub-headings: For each section noted above, please use sub-headings to flag to the reader where you are at; for example, Introduction and Conclusion are two such sub-headings. Other examples of sub-headings in the body of the assignment might be ‘Implications for the client’ or ‘Ethical Decision- Making Model (include the name of the model used), or ethical principles. What you use for sub-headings is up to you, but they need to reflect your analysis, concepts you use, etc.

Content of the Report

  1. Briefly outline the facts of the case- do not reproduce/re-write the case study in your report but state the question title and number at the start of your report and give a brief
  2. Identify and analyze the relevant ethical issues, explaining the tensions that arise from the case for a community worker in Australia (e.g., conflict of interest, suspected child abuse, requests by client that cannot be accommodated, etc.)
  3. Apply the relevant ethical principles and concepts (e.g., self-determination/autonomy, privacy/confidentiality, social justice, dual roles, etc. as applicable) to the case, drawing out their
  4. If/where relevant, cite appropriate legislation – if it is state-specific, ensure you cite the legislation pertinent to the Australian state for the campus you are
  5. Name and explain a decision-making model and outline a clear ethical decision-making
  6. Discuss the benefits and potential harms or drawbacks of the decision or actions the case worker could/would
  7. For the Reflection, consider briefly your own role in the process of preparing Assignment 2:

preparing and delivering the oral presentation, the process of working as a group, and what you believe to have learned about ethics in community services through this process.

  1. Include the full reference list at the end!
  2. Copy and paste the Minutes for your meetings (see separate document with instructions on how to prepare the Minutes)

Literature and Referencing

  • Your written report should include 8 – 12 (combined) sources of literature. As a group, you must determine what is needed to support your
  • All sources/references must be justified or shown to be relevant or significant to your Do not simply make a list of statements with references at the end of a sentence, without showing why/how the reference is relevant. Long lists of references that are not clearly shown to be relevant will not attract better marks!
  • All the sources/literature must be legitimate and credible. Thus, you should include a mix of scholarly (academic) peer reviewed journal articles and your textbook chapters, as well as regulatory literature as relevant to your case study. Examples of regulatory literature are legislation (Federal and/or state/territory), policy (particularly government policy, federal or state/territory), codes of ethics/codes of conduct, etc. All of these can be found on the Internet, but ensure you locate the correct authoring organization/department and cite according to their suggestion.
  • All regulatory documents must be Australian, and if you draw on state-specific regulation, it must be relevant to your
  • If you use international sources for peer reviewed journal articles (i.e., academic articles and research articles), you must show the relevance to the Australian

You must use APA 7th edition referencing style. As an upper level (2nd year) unit for senior students, there can be no justification for not knowing how to use APA 7 correctly, nor is there any justification for any form of academic misconduct.

Do NOT utilize sources such as and other such web materials as these DO NOT constitute academic references for the purpose of your assignments. If you rely on such sources for theoretical support, you WOULD NOT HAVE MET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS ASSESSMENT.

The Case Studies

Choose one from the six cases listed below. You must complete both Part A and Part B of this assignment.

on the same case study.

Case Study 1

You work as a case worker in a drop-in women’s Centre. Your client Jenny (aged 28) has been using the service to access food and other welfare services. You are aware that Jenny is married and has a 6-year- old son. Over the last few weeks, you have noticed that Jenny has brought her son to the women’s Centre. When you sit and try to talk to Jenny you notice that she does not introduce her son to you. He appears to be quiet, withdrawn and does not make any eye contact with you. You also notice several severe bruises on her son’s arms and legs, which Jenny says are due to rough play with other children in school. Jenny discloses that they are in financial difficulty now but hope that situation will change when her husband finds a new job. You also learn that her husband lost his old job due to significant drug use. As a case worker, what ethical issue/s does this scenario present and how would you address it/them?

Case Study 2

You work as a youth worker in a residential center. Your client George (aged 18) has mental health and substance addiction issues. You have formed a good working relationship with George, and he has been very honest with you. Over the last few weeks, you notice that George seems increasingly paranoid towards both staff and other clients of the residential center. Whenever George interacts with them, he accuses them of persecuting him and withdraws into his room. In a meeting, George discloses to you that he has plans to take revenge on your colleagues and other clients of the center. When you explore this further, George discloses that he has not been taking his medications and he has been hearing strong voices all the time. He asks you to keep the information confidential. As a case worker, what ethical issue/s does this scenario present and how would you address it/them?

Case Study 3

Kristina is a client with a community housing organization who has been supported by her case worker John. She and John are of similar ages, and through conversations they have in their professional interactions, it seems that Kristina and John share several interests including similar taste in food. John can find an independent community accommodation for Kristina and soon she will no longer be a client of the community housing organization. A few weeks later, Kristina visits John in his office. During that meeting, Kristina mentions that she has also found work in an entertainment company. In her work, she receives many free expensive vouchers to restaurants. She invites John as a date to an upcoming opening of a new restaurant because she remembered that she and John have similar tastes in food. She states that as she is no longer a client of the organization, seeing each other socially or casually should not be a problem. As a case worker, what ethical issue/s does this scenario present and how would John examine it/them?

Case Study 4

You work as a youth case worker in a Youth Refuge. Cleo, a 16-year-old Aboriginal man who has experienced significant family loss and displacement, has come to your organization for refuge. During your interactions, you notice Cleo is very intelligent, talented and skilled. You encourage his skills and work with him providing ongoing case support. After working together for well over a year, Cleo can join an apprentice program and a distant relative has taken Cleo under his wing. A few months after his departure from the refuge, Cleo visits you and thanks you for your support as a case worker during his time in the refuge and hands over a small wood carving which he sculpted as a gift. As a case worker, what ethical issue/s does this scenario present and how would you address it/them?

Case Study 5

You work as a case worker in a local community mental health service. For the past six months, you have been helping your client Maree in supporting her with her mental health issues. You have arranged counselling and specialist care for Maree. You are also aware that Maree recently left her partner due to domestic violence, moved into independent accommodation and launched divorce proceedings against her partner. You receive a subpoena to provide case records of all your contacts with Maree and to provide a testimony to the court in relation to the divorce proceedings. You are asked to disclose information about your professional interactions with Maree. When you discuss the subpoena with Maree, she asks you to keep the information confidential and not to disclose anything to the court. As a case worker, what ethical issue/s does this scenario present and how would you address it/them?

Case Study 6

You work for an organization which provides support services to clients under NDIS. Jack, a 26-year-old client for the last six years, has run out of his NDIS funding for the year. Jack is a talented painter and offers to paint the interior of your house for free provided you find him some additional funding through other organizations. Your house interior is in desperate need of painting and Jack assures you that he will keep it a secret. As a case worker, what ethical issue/s does this scenario present and how would you address it/them?


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