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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Provide support to victims of sexual offences 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119725  Provide support to victims of sexual offences 
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 3  NQF Level 03 
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 equip learners with a thorough understanding of the occurrence of sexual offences in South Africa. The qualifying learner will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the nature, types and impact of sexual offences in the South African context. The learner will be able to provide initial support to victims and refer, using suitable referral systems.

The learner will use a variety of self-care strategies for themselves and their clients. A brief understanding of strategies aimed at perpetrators of sexual offences will be demonstrated.

A learner accredited with this unit standard will be capable of:
  • Understanding the historical context in which sexual offences occur in South Africa.
  • Define the different offences which may be categorised as "sexual offences".
  • Providing support using appropriate referral systems for victims of sexual offences.
  • Applying relevant strategies of "self care" to support victims of sexual offences.
  • Understanding strategies and programmes aimed at the perpetrators of sexual offences. 

  • 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 2 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 2 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand the historical context in which sexual offences occur in South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The socio-historical context of violence in South Africa is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The nature and extent of sexual offences, in relation to the cycles of violence is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The impact/effects of sexual offences on victims (men and women), their families and communities are outlined using case studies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The link between HIV/AIDS and sexual offences is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Customary and religious practices that violate the rights of victims as sexual offences are explored. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The public strategies, beliefs and attitudinal responses surrounding sexuality and sexual offences are described with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Define the different offences which may be categorised as "sexual offences". 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The term "sexual offence" is defined according to relevant legislation and policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The different forms of sexual offences in South Africa are described according to relevant legislation and policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relevant legislation and policies applicable to sexual offences are identified and briefly described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant procedures for seeking redress for victims of sexual offences are explained in accordance with relevant legislation and policy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Relevant legislation and policy includes: the Criminal Procedures Act, 51 (1997), the Service Charter for Victims of Crime (2004), The Minimum Standards on Services for Victims of Crime (2004), and the Sexual Offences Bill (2002).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The rights and responsibilities of victims of sexual offences, the community and service providers are described with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Provide support using appropriate referral systems for victims of sexual offences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate support required by victims of sexual offences is identified with examples, in accordance with the Service Charter for Victims of Crime (2004). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information about relevant services available from a range of related agencies is explained in accordance with the Service Charter for Victims of Crime (2004). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information about relevant police and court procedures in relation to sexual offences is described in accordance with relevant legislation and policy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Relevant legislation and policy includes the Service Charter for Victims of Crime (2004), the Sexual Offences Bill (2002) and the Criminal Procedures Act, 51 (1997).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral referral mechanisms and procedures are identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Further support needs and potential risks to victim's personnel safety and health are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The barriers that exist particularly for male victims in relation to sexual offences are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply relevant strategies of "self care" to support victims of sexual offences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessing and managing learners' attitudes to sexual offences is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effective use of support and supervision to develop the learners' own learning is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of strategies for self-care is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The provision of appropriate support within the boundaries of the learners own role is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Understand strategies and programmes aimed at perpetrators of sexual offences. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Relevant legislation and policy include the Sexual Offences Bill (2002). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Goals and objectives for working with perpetrators of sexual offences are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Characteristics and profile of perpetrators of sexual offences are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The types of programmes and services available for perpetrators of sexual offences in South Africa are identified and briefly described in terms of relevant legislation and policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The relevant legislation and the legal sanctions governing referrals to perpetrators of sexual offences programmes are briefly explained according to relevant legislation and policy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Relevant legislation and policy include the Sexual Offences Bill (2002).
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderation
  • 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 
  • Sexual Offences Bill (2002)
  • Criminal Procedures Act
  • Domestic Violence Act
  • The Service Charter for Victims of Crime (2004)
  • The Minimum Standards on Services for Victims of Crime (2004)
  • South African Constitution and Bill of Rights
  • Labour Relations Act
  • SA Child Justice Bill, 42 (2002)
  • Child Care Act
  • Rape Protocol (NPA) 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation and community to provide support to victims of sexual offences. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and evaluating information about victims of sexual offences to ensure that the correct policies and procedures are followed in providing support services. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Using oral and written forms of Communication effectively to persuade all role-players to collaborate in providing support to victims of sexual offences. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts for supporting victims of sexual offences in Victim Empowerment requires co-ordination. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local communities by providing support to victims of sexual offences. 

    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 4. 

  • 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  49688   National Certificate: Victim Empowerment  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  60249   National Certificate: Primary Response in Emergencies  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2010-06-02  HW SETA 
    Elective  78803   National Certificate: Primary Response in Emergencies  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2013-06-02   
    Elective  49256   Further Education and Training Certificate: Counselling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW 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.
     
    1. Childline South Africa 
    2. Glicam Trading Enterprise 
    3. Johannesburg Child Welfare Society 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.