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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of Victim Empowerment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117889  Demonstrate an understanding of Victim Empowerment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Victim Empowerment 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies People/Human-Centred Development 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
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 
The purpose of this Unit Standard is to orientate learners with regard to the plight of victims of crime and human rights abuses in the field of Victim Empowerment.

Learners accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Defining Victim Empowerment and explain different types of victims and categories of victimisation.
  • Describing the nature of Victim Empowerment in South Africa and the reasons for its emergence.
  • Identifying and explaining the needs and rights of victims in South African communities
  • Identifying and explaining available Victim Empowerment services to communities. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF level 1 or equivalent competence.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF level 1 or equivalent competence. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Context of victimisation in South Africa should highlight the relationship between violence, poverty, HIV/Aids, history of apartheid and political violence and discuss the implications of these on victimisation and the social fabric of society.

    The cycle of violence should describe how victims of crime become either re-victimised, or displaced (example of violence in the home) as described by Camerer/Sinani model and refer to the dichotomy of victim/perpetrator where victims can become perpetrators if untreated.

    Different types and levels of services required by victims are determined by the severity of the incident, the degree of distress /severity of symptoms following exposure to a traumatic incident, access to appropriate support systems and the needs expressed by victims them selves. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Define Victim Empowerment and explain the different types of victims and categories of victimisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Definition of a victim is explained as per the United Nations Declaration of Basic Rights for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Victim Empowerment is explained in line with the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS), Integrated National Victim Empowerment Policy and the South African Police Services Victim Empowerment Policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Core concepts related to Victim Empowerment are defined according to the South African Victims' Charter, Integrated National Victim Empowerment Policy and the South African Police Services Victim Empowerment Policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Different categories of victims are explained with reference to the Integrated Victim Empowerment Policy, South African Victims' Charter and the South African Police Services Victim Empowerment Policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Different types of victimisation are described with relevant examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Victims include, but not limited to: victims of crime, violence & human rights abuses, war & political violence e.g. including victims of torture, refugees, political prisoners and ex-combatants, motor vehicle accidents and natural & man made disasters.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the nature of Victim Empowerment in South Africa and the reasons for its emergence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    History and reasons for emergence of Victim Empowerment in South Africa is explained as described in the South African Victims' Charter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The nature and context of victimisation/crime and violence is explained in the South African context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Benefits of Victim empowerment is explained as described in the Integrated National Victim Empowerment Policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Roles and responsibilities of various role-players in Victim Empowerment are explained according to the South African Victims' Charter and the Integrated National Victim Empowerment Policy. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and explain the rights, responsibility and needs of victims in South African communities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Needs of victims following victimisation are identified and described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The rights of victims are explained with reference to the United Nations Declaration, the South African Constitution and the South African Victims' Charter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Options available to victims seeking redress are explained according to the South African Victims' Charter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Responsibilities of victims in relationship to their rights are explained according to current practice in the Victim Empowerment workplace, institution or organisation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify and explain available Victim Empowerment services. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Services required by victims of crime are identified based on victims' needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate services, resources and service providers required by victims are identified and explained using relevant case studies. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Appropriate services include, but not limited to: education and awareness, advocacy, medico-legal services, court support, court preparation, legal advice, victim support (i.e. emotional support, practical assistance and information), trauma counselling, psychotherapy and in and out patient care etc.
  • Service providers include, but are not limited to: police station, clinic, Non-Governmental Organisations, Community Based Organisations, Faith Based Organisations etc.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Referral procedures to access services are briefly described according to accepted Victim Empowerment practice in South Africa. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard and the related Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in this Unit Standard as well as the integrated competence described in the Exit Level Outcome of the Qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The knowledge component of this Unit Standard is derived from the relevant sections of the following:
  • United Nations Declaration on the Basic Rights of Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power
  • South African Constitution
  • South African Victims' Charter
  • Integrated Victim Empowerment Policy
  • South Africa Police Services Victim Empowerment Policy 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems relating to victims' needs in order to make responsible and sensitive decisions using critical and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community to provide Victim Empowerment services to individuals and communities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and evaluate information relating to victims' needs and his/her circumstances in order to explain available services. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to communicate and locate information to serve the needs of victim. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with a relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors must be in possession of a Qualification in Victim Empowerment or a related sub-field of Human and Social Studies at a minimum of NQF level 3. 

  • 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
    Core  49279   National Certificate: Victim Empowerment and Support  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  49600   National Certificate: Development Practice  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-05-13  Was ETDP SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  58577   National Certificate: General Security Practices  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


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