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

Demonstrate an understanding of the scope and operations within the field of community corrections 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
14639  Demonstrate an understanding of the scope and operations within the field of community corrections 
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 4  NQF Level 04  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-08-07  2009-02-18  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-02-18   2013-02-18  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
260133  Demonstrate an understanding of the application of the offender rehabilitation path  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who work and aspire to work in the field of community corrections

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain the rationale and discuss the goals of community-based sentences
  • Describe and illustrate the interrelationship between community corrections and the criminal justice system
  • Explain the different roles of officials working in the community corrections environment
  • Describe and explain community corrections from a human rights perspective 

  • 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 writing skills
  • Knowledge of legislation regarding community corrections (Correctional Services Act, Community Corrections Orders) 

  • 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 
    Demonstrate an understanding of community-based sentences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Community-based sentences in accordance with international best practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The philosophy, nature, rationale, goals and legal basis of community corrections. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The sentencing process and sentencing options. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Illustrate the interrelationship between community corrections and the criminal justice system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The criminal justice structures, processes, procedures and systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    3. The interrelationship between community corrections and the justice system (courts). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    4. The interrelationship between community corrections and places of detention. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Places of detention refers to prisons, youth or juvenile offender centres, halfway houses.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    2. The interrelationship between community corrections and the police. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the different roles of community corrections officials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Ethos and primary duties of community corrections officials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Areas of knowledge and skills required of community corrections officials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Code of ethics for community corrections officials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Minimum standards for the recruitment and training of community corrections officials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Professional character and traits of a community corrections official. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Particular roles of community corrections officials such as court assessment officials, admission and release officials, reintegration officials, community supervision officials, monitoring and tracing officials and experts. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the different roles of external role-players working in community corrections environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The stipulations of the United Nations Minimum Standards for Non-Custodial Measures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Participation by the community in community corrections. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The various role-players involved in community corrections. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The role of non-governmental organisations in pursuing the community corrections objectives. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate an understanding of community corrections from a human rights perspective. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The influence of community corrections on the human rights of the sentenced offender. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Why community corrections has less influence than imprisonment on the human rights of the sentenced offender. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Why community corrections could pose the risk of infringing some of the human rights of sentenced offenders. 


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

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

    c. 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:
  • Computer literacy
  • Human rights
  • Criminal Procedure Act
  • Correctional Services Act
  • Correctional Services Order B
  • International best practices

    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 and make decisions regarding the scope and operations within the field of community corrections. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community:
    The ability and willingness to work with all role-players 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 question and debate the fundamentals and philosophy underlying community corrections. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
    The ability to reconcile all the information gathered from best practices. 

    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 appropriately with role-players. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others:
    The ability to use technology for effective learning. 

    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 relate to the criminal justice cluster and society. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 260133, which is "Demonstrate an understanding of the application of the offender rehabilitation path", Level 4, 8 credits.

    Terminology

    Terms have been clarified as far as possible through the use of range statements.

    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. 

  • 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  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2020-07-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  24197   National Certificate: Corrections Science  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-02-18  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    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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