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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply knowledge of social issues in relation to probation work 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120276  Apply knowledge of social issues in relation to probation work 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Probation Work 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Promotive Health and Developmental Services 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
People credited with this unit standard are able to identify, manage or refer:
  • Health-related social issues in relation to probation work
  • Violence and/or human abuse-related social issues in relation to probation work
  • Addiction-related social issues in relation to probation work
  • Street children-related social issues in relation to probation work 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Communication and mathematical literacy competence equivalent to NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria.

    The following scope and context applies to the whole unit standard:

    Social issues are categorised in this standard as:
  • Health-related
  • Violence-related
  • Addiction-related
  • Street children-related 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify, manage or refer health-related social issues in relation to probation work. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Knowledge is not detailed and scientific, but concentrates rather on the consequences of for a social work context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The general causes, manifestations and effects of HIV/Aids is described in line with current medical knowledge and in ways that helpful in countering myths and misconceptions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Common sexually transmitted diseases other than HIV/Aids are identified in terms of their causes, manifestations and consequences, in line with current medical knowledge. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The broader social impact of HIV/Aids and SDD's is described with reference to impact on families, communities, and the economy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Impact include: orphans, poverty, child-headed households.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Key treatment and support mechanisms are identified and referrals and/or advice given which include reference to these is appropriate. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Mechanisms include: anti-retroviral (ARV); voluntary counselling and testing (VCT).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify, manage or refer violence and/or human abuse-related social issues in relation to probation work. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Common types of violence and/or abuse encountered in probation work are described and explained with reference to their prevalence and manifestation in society. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Types include: Domestic violence (partner abuse); child abuse (including sexual exploitation and trafficking in children; child labour; disappearance of children); prostitution and trafficking (women and children); sexual exploitation of young girls ("taxi queens"); abuse of the elderly (economic, medical, emotional, physical).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The description of gangs as a particular sub-culture identifies key features, as well as causes and 'socialising' effects. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Features include: protection factor; relation to organised crime: sense of significance and belonging; economic benefits.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The procedures and provisions for dealing with violence in its various manifestations are described with reference to appropriate legislation and regulations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legislation and regulations include:
  • Domestic Violence Act; Children's Bill and Regulations; Child Justice Bill and Regulations; White Paper for Social Welfare (1997); SA Constitution 1997; provisions of current legislation on gangs.
  • Provisions: maintenance provision; shelters.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sources of information, and signs and symptoms of violence and/or abuse are identified and explained in relation to the particular manifestation of violence and abuse, and the type information they provide. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sources, signs and symptoms include: conversations with community; language people use; unexplained absences; marked variations in appearance or behaviour.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Instances of active collusion in abuse of persons is identified, investigated and reported to the appropriate authority. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Typical signs of the potential for suicide are identified and monitored in relation to supervised probation work. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Signs include: severe depression; stress; high risk categories (teenagers).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify, manage or refer addiction-related social issues in relation to probation work. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Addiction includes: substance abuse; gambling addiction; sexual addiction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Descriptions of addiction and substance abuse are clear and in line with accepted definitions in the field. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Clusters of typical symptoms that indicate possible substance abuse are identified in terms of physical, mental and behavioural manifestations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Commonly abused substances are identified in terms of their name/s, regional prevalence, form, application and effects. Key myths and misconceptions related to their use are also clearly described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Stages in the dependency process, including recovery and relapse, are outlined, and examples provided are consistent with generally accepted understanding. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Processes for dealing with work-related substance abuse issues are explained with reference to an organisation's policies and sound legal practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Process and/or procedures to be followed in dealing with addiction or dependency is explained with reference to appropriate social service and/or professional support. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Support includes: knowledge of available information and treatment programmes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Issues of confidentiality, discrimination, and professional and ethical conduct in dealing with intoxication or addiction are described with reference to current legislation and regulations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify, manage or refer street children-related social issues in relation to probation work. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Community-related issues include: poverty, homelessness, street children. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The culture around street children is described and explained in terms of key "push" and "pull" factors. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Culture includes: glue sniffing, 'pimping'.
  • Push and pull factors include: hardships forcing them to go to the streets; attractions (including freedom; truancy with family awareness).
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Possibilities for dealing with street children are identified and actions taken are consistent with current legislation and approved policy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Possible actions include: finding families; working with shelters; identifying and reporting truancy.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    In cases of poverty, eligibility for grants is determined and grant applications processed without undue delay. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers of learning towards this unit standard will need to meet the accreditation requirements of the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation Option:

    The moderation requirements of the relevant ETQA must be met in order to award credit to learners for this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.
  • Note: core - the function implies identification of problems and allocation of appropriate solutions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Note: by its nature social work means team work and engagement with communities to provide broad solutions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Note: analysing and classifying cases, and organising interventions or referrals requires significant personal organisational skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Note: core to the function - vast amounts of information on interventions and support to be processed and stored. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and / or language skills in the modes of oral and / or written presentations.
  • Note: core to the function of managing and referring troubled individuals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Note: knowledge required for identification and responses to substance abuse and addiction. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • Note: necessary always to see specific problems in relation to the bigger picture. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Definition of Terms:

    Terms have been clarified as far as possible through the use of range statements. Further clarification of terms is provided as follows:
  • 'Child' means any young person under the age of 18 years.
  • 'Family finder' means a person appointed under section 9 and includes an assistant probation officer.
  • 'Family member' means a person who is related to another person biologically, by law or according to customary law.
  • 'Supervision' means supervision of [a] an accused convicted or sentenced person by a probation officer [by virtue] in terms of the provisions of any law. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50041   Further Education and Training Certificate: Probation Work  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  61451   Further Education and Training Certificate: Criminology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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