Demonstrate understanding of the prevention and investigation of crimes related to Family Violence and Child Protection

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD

 

The purpose of this unit standard is to enable learners to understand the prevention and possible investigation of Family Violence and Child Protection and sexual offences related crimes. The unit standard will enable learners to describe the current regulatory framework pertaining to the prevention and investigation of crimes related to Family Violence and Child Protection and sexual offences. The learner will be able to describe the functions and roles of role-players and will be able to conduct interviews with victims, witnesses and suspects.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:

  • Describe the current regulatory framework.
  • Examine the purpose of role-players.
  • Manage an interview with victim.
  • Conduct an investigation.
  • Prepare role-players for court.

 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING

 

  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 4.

 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria:

 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1

 

Describe the current regulatory framework.

 

OUTCOME RANGE

 

Current regulatory framework refers to legal prescripts, regulations, organizational policies and procedures and current international conventions.

 


ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1

 

Legal prescripts related to Family Violence, Child Protection and sexual offences are described in line with current legislation.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE

 

Current legislation prescripts include but are not limited to:

  • The Constitution of the RSA, 1996 Act no 108 of 1996 in relation with Chapter 2, Bill of Rights, The Child Care Act, 1993 Act 74 of 1983, Children’s Act, 2005, Act 38 of 2005, The Sexual Offences Act, 1957 Act no 23 of 1957, The Film and Publication Act, 1996 Act no 65 of 1996, The Guardianship Act, 1993 Act no 192 of 1993, The Aged Persons Act, 1967 Act no 81 of 1967, The Prevention of family Violence Act, 1993 Act 133 of 1993, The Domestic Violence Act, 1998 Act no 166 of 1998, The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1997 Act no 105 of 1997 and The Criminal Procedure Act, 1997 Act no 51 of 1977.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2

 

Current regulations related to Family Violence, Child Protection and sexual offences are described in line with the current legal framework.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE

 

Current regulations include but are not limited to the Child Care Act, 1993 Act 74 of 1993.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3

 

Current organizational policies and procedures related to Family Violence, Child Protection and sexual offences are assessed within the South African context.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE

 

Current organizational policies and procedures include but are not limited to crime related to FCS, Victim support, crime scene management and missing persons.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4

 

Current international conventions related to Family Violence, Child Protection and sexual offences are described in terms of their influence in South African.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE

 

Current international conventions include but are not limited to the United Nation’s convention on the rights of children, the Hague Convention (Parental abduction), CEDAW (Convention on the eradication of abuse of women), additional protocol on trafficking of human beings (UN Convention on organized crime) and the role of Interpol.

 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2

 

Examine the purpose of role-players.

 

OUTCOME RANGE

 

Role-players include but are not limited to internal and external such as psychologist, medical examiner, social workers and investigating officers.

 


ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1

 

Role-players are examined in relation to their role and functions.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2

 

Types of assistance provided by role-players are described in line with their mandates and authority.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3

 

The role of the investigator is assessed in line with the allocated functions.

 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3

 

Manage an interview with victims, witnesses and suspects.

 

OUTCOME RANGE

 

Victims include but are not limited to children and elderly people.

 


ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1

 

Psychological developmental aspects to be considered during the investigation are described in terms of their possible influences on the interview.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2

 

Manner in which traumatized victims and witnesses are dealt with is evaluated in order to ascertain whether the appropriate method has been used.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3

 

Manner in which the types of suspects are dealt with is evaluated in order to ascertain whether the appropriate method has been used.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE

 

Types of suspects include but are not limited to sexual offenders and violent offenders.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4

 

An interview is conducted by applying interviewing skills in a structured scenario.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE

 

Interview must be conducted with a victim, witness and offender.

 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4

 

Conduct an investigation.

 


ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1

 

Crimes related to Family Violence, Child Protection and sexual offences are described with examples.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE

 

Crimes include but are not limited to the following clusters:

  • Sexual offence (such as Rape), Person directed offences (such as Assault), Illegal removals (such as Kidnapping) and Electronic media facilitate crimes (such as electronic devices utilized for child pornography related offences).

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2

 

Behavioural patterns and offences relating to syndromes are assessed in terms of their potential influence on children.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE

 

Behavioural patterns include but are not limited to Shaken baby syndrome, Munchausen syndrome by Proxy and Battered baby syndrome.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3

 

Investigation guidelines are applied during the investigation of Family Violence, Child Protection and sexual offences cases.

 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5

 

Prepare role-players for court.

 

OUTCOME RANGE

 

Role-players include but are not limited to a child, parent, guardian and witness.

 


ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1

 

The concept of intermediary system is explained in terms of its purpose.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2

 

Methods of preparing role-players for a court session is evaluated in order to select a method.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3

 

The procedures to oppose bail applications are assessed in line with current legal prescripts.

 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4

 

Aspects to consider when presenting evidence in a court is examined in a structured scenario.

 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE

Policies and Procedures:

 

  • Crime related to FCS.
  • Victim support.
  • Crime scene management.
  • Missing persons.

 

Concepts:

 

  • Psychologist.
  • Medical examiner.
  • Investigator.
  • Psychological aspects.
  • Ways of dealing with traumatized victim and witnesses.
  • Ways of dealing with suspects.
  • Family Violence, Child Protection and sexual offence related crimes: Person directed offences (such as Assault), Illegal removals (such as Kidnapping) and Electronic media facilitate crimes (such as electronic devices utilized for   child pornography related offences).
  • Patterns of disorders/syndromes.
  • Intermediary system.
  • Methods of preparing role-players for a court session.

 

Legal prescripts:

 

  • The Constitution of the RSA, 1996 Act no 108 of 1996 in relation with Chapter 2, Bill of Rights.
  • The Child Care at, 1993 Act 74 of 1983.
  • The Sexual Offences Act, 1957 Act no 23 of 1957.
  • The Film and Publication Act, 1996 Act no 65 of 1996.
  • The Guardianship Act, 1993 Act no 192 of 1993.
  • The Aged Persons Act, 1967 Act no 81 of 1967.
  • The Prevention of family Violence Act, 1993 Act 133 of 1993.
  • The Domestic Violence Act, 1998 Act no 166 of 1998.
  • The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1997 Act no 105 of 1997.
  • The Criminal Procedure Act, 1997 Act no 51 of 1977.
  • Current regulations of the Child Care Act, 1993 Act 74 of 1993.
  • Procedures to opposed bail applications.

 

International conventions:

 

  • United Nation’s convention on the rights of children.
  • The Hague Convention: Parental abduction.
  • Role of Interpol.
  • CEDAW (Convention on the eradication of abuse of women).
  • Additional protocol on trafficking of human beings (UN Convention on organized crime).