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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify and refer an abused person 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260558  Identify and refer an abused person 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ancillary Health Care 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Preventive Health 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
117504  Identify and support the abused child  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for those involved in ancillary health care and will be useful for health workers and lay counsellors encountering abused persons in the course of their work.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Describing signs of possible abuse.
  • Describing the reporting procedures and sources of referral pertaining to the abused person.
  • Supporting the abused person. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Abuse includes, but is not limited to, physical, emotional and sexual abuse and applies to people of all ages and both genders. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the signs of possible abuse. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different types of possible abuse are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The signs of abuse are identified in terms of own observations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Signs of abuse include, but are not limited, to bruises of varying stages visible on the body, repeated/frequent hospital/medical treatment for injuries and/or fractures, inappropriate clothing for weather conditions to cover bruises/injuries, inappropriate awareness of sexuality in children, abrupt changes in behaviour, over solicitousness by a care-giver for a charge (child or elderly person), excessive clinging by a child to a particular adult, inappropriate malnutrition, sleeping difficulties.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The legal obligations for the need to report abuse are described and related to various examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe knowledge of the reporting procedures and sources of referral pertaining to the abused person. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A report of possible abuse is submitted to the appropriate authorities or relevant line manager. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Possible sources of referral are named for various age groups. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The various procedures relating to reporting are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sensitivity to confidentiality issues and disclosure is emphasized and the necessity for disclosure is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Support an abused person. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Support includes but is not limited to accompanying the person in the initial stages of abuse, following up to ensure that problems have been addressed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The extent to which support must be provided is identified in relation to the specific case. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The concept of empathy is explained and demonstrated when dealing with an abused person. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of identifying a relevant person as own support is explained and such support is obtained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All records and reports pertaining to abuse cases are regularly updated, kept highly confidential and discussed only with the professionals directly involved with the case. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learner is required to identify the possibility of child abuse through observed cases at clinic level. Support is to be provided under supervision.
  • Forms and symptoms of child abuse.
  • Current legislation pertaining to Child Care.
  • Protocols for reporting abuse. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems relating to abuse. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others and stakeholders in order to report effectively on identified abuse situations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organizing and managing oneself, colleagues and activities responsibly to ensure that abuse cases are proactively reported and all related documentation kept. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Using visual and language skills in communicating with others to ensure that abuse cases are handled confidentially and sensitively and all records kept to support case. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively to capture information and records pertaining to abuse case. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that abuse cases do not exist in isolation and that a variety of factors will affect this including nature of abuse, community awareness legal implications in abuse cases. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 117504, "Identify and support the abused child", Level 4, 6 credits.

    Assessment:

    Assessment of the unit standard may include observed role play on facilitating disclosure, testimonies from co-workers who mentor the learner, and a portfolio of evidence, which includes a case that has been assigned to the learner with all the relevant documentation.

    Credit Justification:

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcomes:

    Activity; Hours; Credits:
  • Classroom learning; 20 Hours; 2.0 Credits.
  • On-the-job learning; 20 Hours; 2.0 Credits.
  • Self directed learning; 08 Hours; 0.8 Credits.
  • Coaching; 06 Hours; 0.6 Credits.
  • Other: Site visits and clinical accompaniment; 06 Hours; 0.6 Credits.

    Total: 60 Hours; 6 Credits. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  64769   National Certificate: Community Health Work  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  80786   National Certificate: Home-Care Practices  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Elective  78803   National Certificate: Primary Response in Emergencies  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2013-06-02   


    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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