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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Promote community participation in and awareness of Restorative Justice 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119733  Promote community participation in and awareness of Restorative Justice 
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 for this unit standard is based on the increasing recognition and importance of both formal and informal systems of justice in South Africa and the growing recognition of Restorative Justice practices as one frame of reference for understanding and dealing with crime, violence and conflict in society.

The qualifying learner will be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of Restorative Justice and its benefits, goals and impact on individuals and communities in different contexts. The learner will be able to describe the skills required for various Restorative Justice interventions (clarifying what communities can and cannot do). Consequently the qualifying learner will be able to identify and describe when it would be appropriate for communities to refer to specialist Restorative Justice service providers/practitioners.

A learner accredited with this unit standard will be capable of:
  • Explaining the origins, philosophy and principles of Restorative Justice.
  • Describing the functioning and effectiveness of Restorative Justice for individuals and communities.
  • Promoting Restorative Justice practices using appropriate methodologies and interventions in different contexts.
  • Identifying Restorative Justice practitioners and the skills required to achieve the goals of Restorative Justice. 

  • 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
  • Group facilitation at NQF level 2 or equivalent 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the origins, philosophy, goals and principles of Restorative Justice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The origins and philosophy of Restorative Justice is explained in accordance with the relevant sources of reference. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The goals and objectives of Restorative Justice are explained according to the relevant sources of reference including the United Nations Declaration on Crime and Justice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The fundamental principles of Restorative Justice are described in accordance with relevant sources of reference including the National Crime Prevention Strategy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Restorative Justice legislation and practice in the South African context is explained with examples from relevant references. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Common Restorative Justice mediation models are listed and briefly described in accordance with relevant sources of reference. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of relevant references includes, but is not limited to: South African Journal of Criminology (Volume 16, No.5, 2003), Child Justice Bill (2004), South African Law Commission Discussion Paper 82 (2000), The Sentencing Framework Bill (2001).
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the functioning and effectiveness of Restorative Justice for individuals and communities in the Criminal Justice System. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different participants in the Restorative Justice process are described and their roles explained with examples from the South African context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of participants include, but is not limited to: victim, offender, Criminal Justice System, victim service organisations, community, families etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The benefits and shortcomings of Restorative Justice for victims are described in accordance with The Integrated Victim Empowerment Policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The benefits and shortcomings of Restorative Justice for offenders are described according to relevant sources of reference. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    References include but are not limited to the South African Law Commission (2000) Discussion Paper 82 on Sentencing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The benefits and shortcomings of Restorative Justice for communities are described according to the United Nations Declaration on Crime and Justice. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe Restorative Justice practices with its different methodologies and interventions in various contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Various Restorative Justice practices and interventions with applications in different contexts are listed with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The application of Restorative Justice interventions and practices in various contexts is described according to the minimum standards set by the United Nations Declaration on Crime and Justice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The goals and outcomes of Restorative Justice interventions are described according to the United Nations Declaration on Crime and Justice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The preparation of participants before commencing the Restorative Justice intervention is explained in accordance with Victim Empowerment organizational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Protocol and ethical guidelines on Restorative Justice mediation is briefly described in accordance with relevant sources of reference. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • References include but are not limited to the Southern African Journal of Criminology, Volume 16, No.5, (2003).
  • Range of protocol issues include, but are not limited to: victim safety, screening of cases, offender assessment, first meeting etc.
  • Range of ethical guidelines include, but is not limited to: confidentiality, exchange of information, self-determination, costs and fees, medical policy, etc.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify Restorative Justice practitioners and the appropriate roles and skills required to achieve the goals of Restorative Justice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Restorative Justice practitioners are identified and their roles explained in accordance with the United Nations Standards and Norms in Crime Prevention. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The skills required to conduct various Restorative Justice practices are described with examples in accordance with the United Nations Standards and Norms in Crime Prevention. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Accepted Protocol and ethical guidelines on Restorative Justice mediation are briefly described in accordance with relevant sources of reference. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Range of protocol issues include, but are not limited to: victim safety, screening of cases, offender assessment, first meeting etc.
  • Range of ethical guidelines include, but is not limited to: confidentiality, exchange of information, self-determination, costs and fees, medical policy, etc.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The follow-up procedures after the completion of the Restorative Justice programme is described in accordance with relevant sources of reference. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    References include but are not limited to the Southern African Journal of Criminology, Volume 16, No.5, (2003).
     


    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 
  • South African Law Commission (2000) Sentencing Discussion Paper 82
  • UN Declaration on Crime and Justice
  • UN Standards and Norms in Crime Prevention
  • The Integrated Victim Empowerment Policy
  • National Crime Prevention Strategy (1996)
  • Restorative Justice Centre (2001) - Briefing pack for staff and board members for use in marketing and networking - Pretoria
  • Restorative Justice Centre (2001)(b) Relevant policy documents
  • Restorative Justice Centre (2001)(b) Some arguments against restorative justice and possible responses to them. Pretoria 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation and community to access Restorative Justice services. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and evaluate information about victims to ensure that the correct procedures are followed in accessing Restorative Justice. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Use oral and written forms of Communication effectively to persuade all role-players to collaborate in seeking redress for victims from Restorative Justice practices. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts in Restorative Justice do not exist in isolation and requires co-ordination of various role-players. 

    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  66749   National Certificate: Community Development  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP 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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