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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Establish, manage and debrief disaster teams 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14176  Establish, manage and debrief disaster teams 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Funeral Services 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Personal Care 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  25 
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 
This unit standard forms part of the Qualification, National Certificate in Funeral Services Practice and is registered at Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework. Learners working towards this standard will be learning towards the full qualification, or will be involved in or working within a funeral services environment, specialising in Disaster Management, where the acquisition of competence against this standard will be able to establish contractual relationships, assess disasters and establish, monitor, control and debrief disaster teams.


The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Establishing the contractual relationship and requirements to asses needs
  • Assessing the nature and extremity of the disaster
  • Establishing the disaster team
  • Monitoring and controlling disaster teams
  • Debriefing disaster teams. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification, will have demonstrated competency in
  • Numeracy at NQF Level 4 or equivalent.
  • English, verbal and written communication at NQF Level 4 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Range statements which are applicable to the unit standard titles, specific outcomes and assessment criteria are found beneath the applicable assessment criteria.
  • The following range statements are general to the qualification:
  • A disaster will include any mass fatality beyond resources of normal activities of a funeral company. This type of disaster requires specialists from other disciplines to perform certain duties specific to the severity and size of the disaster.
  • Data will include client files, pathologists reports, identification report, orthodontist report, personal effects, instructions relating to destination, disposition of remains, photographic records, expense records.
  • Resources ad equipment will include vehicles, blankets stretches, body bags, embalmers, embalming equipment, instruments and fluids, tents, tables, catering, ablution facilities, accommodation, lighting, refrigeration, power communication, equipment, protective clothing, water, air conditioning, equipment, protective clothing, water, air conditioning, other disaster teams. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Establish the contractual relationship and requirements to assess needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Contract requirement are assessed and established. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Contract documentation is drawn up for approval and is in the agreed format. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Contract is signed by all relevant parties within agreed time frames. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Contract contents are communicated to all relevant parties. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Assess the nature and extremity of the disaster. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Disaster data is gathered and assessed to determine specialist services. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Disaster implies multiple deaths which cannot be handled by the normal local funeral infrastructure
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Disaster team is determined and compiled within time and resource
    constraints. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The needs and requirements of the disaster are established from data
    available. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Establish the disaster team. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Potential specialists are contacted to confirm availability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Specialists requirements are established and documented. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Disaster team members are contracted to meet requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Disaster management will mean the recovery, identification and repatriation of human remains from the disaster site
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Monitor and control disaster teams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Family requirements are acknowledged and meet their religious and emotional needs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Family needs will include religious, cultural, ethnic, emotional, political and practical requirements)
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Progress of operation is monitored to ensure compliance and completion. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The contractors needs and requirements are met 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Deviations are identifies and remedial action taken within agreed time frames. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Debrief disaster teams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Debriefing sessions are conducted with relevant parties to obtain facts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Stakeholders are reported to within agreed time frames. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Lessons learned are recorded and documented for future reference. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Emotional needs of disaster team members are established. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers offering learning towards this standard will be accredited and assessors registered by the relevant Education Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA). 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A broad understanding of techniques required for debriefing individuals and teams
  • A comprehensive understanding of communication principles and techniques for dealing with high level individuals
  • A broad understanding of principles, methods and techniques for analytical, and creative planning
    in depth understanding of techniques for project management
  • A general understanding of behavioural patterns of individuals and teams
  • A broad understanding of methods and protocol for dealing with political players
  • A broad understanding of methods and techniques for leading teams in difficult situations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when establishing, managing and debriefing disaster teams to ensure the smooth running of the disaster operation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with all stakeholders and teams when dealing with any disaster situations so that all aspects of the disaster are attended to in a professional manner. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one`s activities so unexpected problems can be resolved without interruption to the finalisation of the project. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information when establishing and assessing all aspects of the disaster. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively so that all individuals and teams involved in the disaster project are equipped with sufficient information to make incisive decisions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems where adequate preparation and planning is recognised as the key to the successful outcome of the disaster project. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, it must be the intention underlying any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts when establishing, managing and debriefing disaster teams. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  21789   National Diploma: Funeral Services Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Elective  58579   National Diploma: Air Traffic Control  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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