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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Conduct search and inspection 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114038  Conduct search and inspection 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Corrections 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-08-07  2010-08-07  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2011-08-07   2014-08-07  

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 will be useful to people who conduct searches in the law enforcement sector but more relevant to detention facilities sub-sector.

People credited with this unit standard are able to conduct lawful searches and security inspection within detention facilities to ensure a safe environment for staff, inmates and the community. 

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:
  • Basic communication skills.
  • Basic writing skills.
  • Basic interpersonal skills. 

  • 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. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Search People. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. People are searched without violation of human rights. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Dignity, Privacy, Freedom, Security.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. All unauthorised articles are identified and confiscated in accordance with the relevant policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Body cavity searches are conducted in such a manner as to limit injuries in accordance to legislation, policies, procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Resistance to search is dealt with in accordance with minimum force. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Minimum force is defined through the Correctional Services Act.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Authorisation and consent is obtained prior to conducting searches. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Oral, written or inherent authorisation obtained.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Search Property. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Searches are conducted in accordance with accepted safety procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. All unauthorised items are identified and removed in accordance with relevant policies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Searches are conducted in such a manner as to limit damages to properties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Authorisation is obtained prior to entering property, where applicable. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Vehicles are searched according to policy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Correctional Services Act, Correctional Services Regulations Policy.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Inspect Property. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Inspection of property is conducted without violations of human rights. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Dignity, Health environment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Cells are inspected in compliance with safety requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Occupational Health and Safety Act, Correctional Services Act, Correctional Services Regulations and Policy.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Vehicles are inspected according to policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Workplaces of inmates are inspected in compliance with safety and security requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Occupational Health and Safety Act, Machinery Act, Correctional Services Act, Correctional Services Regulations, Policy.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Courtyards are inspected in accordance with policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Inspection is conducted in compliance with legislation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Correctional Services Act, Correctional Services, Regulations, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Machinery Act, Policy.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct post-search and inspection activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Findings of searches are recorded and reported in accordance with relevant policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Remedial activities and corrective measures are recommended in accordance with relevant policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Unauthorised items is disposed in accordance with relevant policy. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Confiscate unauthorised articles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. All unauthorised articles is identified and confiscated in accordance with legislation and policy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Correctional Services Act, Correctional Services Regulations, Criminal Procedure Act.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Unauthorised articles are identified and confiscated in a humane manner, Policy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    With authorisation and consent.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Unauthorised articles are confiscated with the necessary force to minimise injuries. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Confiscated unauthorised articles is recorded and reported according to policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Unauthorised articles are disposed according to policy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Correctional Services Act, Criminal Procedures Act.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a candidate against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.

    3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    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:
  • Searching and security inspection techniques
  • Communication
  • Knowledge of Human Rights
  • People Skills
  • All legislation and policy listed under the range of 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.
  • The ability to identify, solve problems and make decisions regarding searching and inspection of people and property, as well as post search and inspection activities and the confiscating of unauthorised articles. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • The ability and willingness to work with others and to request assistance in an appropriate manner as a team member. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
  • The ability to organise and manage searching of people and property. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • The ability to collect, analyse and critically evaluate information gathered from search and inspection activities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and / or language skills in the modes of oral and / or written presentations.
  • The ability to communicate in conducting searches and inspections will appear from efficiency of obtaining authorisation or consent, reporting and recording the findings. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • The ability to use science and technology will be indicated by the efficient use of metal detectors, close circuit television, computers (for data capturing) and scanners in conducting searches and inspections. 

  • 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.
  • The ability to search and inspect. The effect of non-compliance will indicate the proficiency in understanding that omission will have more than one effect or consequence. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities in terms of the title.
  • Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible and when simulations are used, there should be supporting evidence to show that the person is able to perform in the real situation
  • Assessment activities should focus on outcomes and should be sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required
  • All assessment should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Legal Requirements
  • Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998
  • Bill of Rights (Chapter 2 of the South African Constitution)
  • Criminal procedure Act 51 of 1997 and regulations.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Correctional Services Regulations
  • Policies of individual institutions

    Terminology
  • Policy - governance principles of various detention facilities.
  • Inmates - any person in detention including "prisoner" as defined by the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998.
  • Inspection - safety and security checks to ensure safe custody, safe working conditions and humane detention of inmates.
  • Detention facilities - any facility where a person is detained as defined by the relevant Act.
  • Unauthorised articles - articles not permitted according to the relevant Act and Policy.
  • Inadmissible items - items that are legal but are not allowed inside detention facilities, like firearms.
  • Body cavity searches - internal searches of the body of a person (e.g. in the mouth, ears etc.)
  • Inherent authorisation - authority obtained through or vested in the position of a person. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48553   National Diploma: Corrections Science  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  50419   National Certificate: Port Control and Admissions  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-06-29  Was PSETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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