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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain offender rehabilitation and development 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120080  Explain offender rehabilitation and development 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Victim Empowerment 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 qualifying learner will understand offender rehabilitation and development as a crime prevention strategy. Learners will gain an adequate understanding of the scope of offender rehabilitation and development programmes in South Africa and other countries, and the impact of these programmes on the lives of offenders and victims. Insight into the restorative value of work with offenders is explored. Knowledge of the rights of victims and offenders in South Africa is described. The limitations of South African prisons to effectively rehabilitate offenders are explored, and the subsequent consequences on society discussed. An introduction to the issue and value of alternative sentencing in South Africa is explained.

Learners accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Defining Restorative Justice and explain its implications for victims and offenders.
  • Exploring the rights of victims and offenders in South Africa.
  • Describing the limitation of the South African Correctional Services Facilities (prisons) in the rehabilitation of offenders.
  • Describing current offender programmes both in and out of prison in South Africa and other countries. 

  • 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 3 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 3 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range of interventions include, but are not limited to Victim Offender Mediation (VOM); Family Group Conferencing (FGC); Community service etc.

    Range of interventions that require the input of victims include, but is not limited to: Victim Impact Statements; Input in bail application hearings; participation at parole board hearings etc.

    Range of sources include, but are not limited to the SA Services Charter for Victims of Crime; the SA Constitution and Bill of Rights; and the UN Declaration on the rights of Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power etc. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Define Restorative Justice and its implications for victims and offenders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concepts of restorative and retributive justice is defined according to relevant national and international sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The key concepts and principles of offender rehabilitation are described according to national and international sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The concept of social reintegration as an aspect of offender rehabilitation, is explained according to relevant National and international sources. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Understand restorative work with offenders and victims as a crime prevention strategy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Restorative Justice interventions used with victims and offenders are briefly described using appropriate examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Interventions include, but are not limited to Victim Offender Mediation (VOM); Family Group Conferencing (FGC); Community service, Victim Impact Statements; Input in bail application hearings; participation at parole board hearings, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The benefits of restorative approach to victims and offenders are discussed with examples based on case studies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The limitations and risks associated with restorative approach to victims and offenders are explained with examples based on case studies. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explore the rights of victims and offenders in South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The rights of offenders are described according to relevant national and international sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant legislative requirements and conditions attached to restorative justice options are briefly described according to organisational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The challenge of balancing the rights of victims and offenders in South Africa are discussed with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The challenges in meeting the rights of offenders in South Africa are discussed with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe the limitation of the South African Correctional Services Facilities in the rehabilitation of offenders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Statistics on prisons and the prison population in South Africa are described using relevant local and international sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The issue of poor prison conditions and its impact on effective offender rehabilitation in South Africa is discussed with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Interventions currently being implemented in South Africa to address the challenges faced by the Correctional facilities are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The benefits and limitations of the private prison system in South Africa are discussed using examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Describe current offender programmes both in and out of prison in South Africa and other countries. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Organisations and role-players that work with youth and adult offenders, both in and out of prison in South Africa are listed with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Existing interventions with youth and adult offenders in prison are described using examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The strengths and weaknesses of existing programmes in South Africa are expelled and compiled according to organisational procedures and policies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The dichotomy of 'victim-perpetrator' is briefly described according to relevant National and international sources. 


    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 
  • National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS).
  • Integrated Victim Empowerment Policy.
  • Service charter and minimum standards of services for victims of crime.
  • The South African Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  • The United Nations Declaration on the rights of Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power.
  • Child Justice Bill.
  • Multidisciplinary Glossary for the Victim Empowerment sector (Themba Lesizwe, 2005).
  • Service Charter and Minimum standards on services for victims of crime (2004). 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems associated with offender rehabilitation and development in Victim Empowerment using responsible decision-making and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community on a daily basis to understand offender rehabilitation and development. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in offender rehabilitation and development to the benefit of the Victim Empowerment sector. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion in a multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral approach in offender rehabilitation and development in Victim Empowerment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world, as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving in offender rehabilitation and development occurs in a variety of contexts. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors must be registered as assessors with a relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with relevant ETQA. 

    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  49872   Further Education and Training Certificate: Victim Empowerment Co-ordination  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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