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Foundations for effective practice in youth justice

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Work in the area of youth justice is different from most work in social care in that it spans two potentially conflicting goals – to support children and young people who are ‘in trouble’ while, at the same time, addressing their troublesome behaviour. This key introductory Level 1 course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and insights that make up the foundations of effective practice in the field of youth justice. Whether you’re working (or you intend to work) as a volunteer or professional, you’ll be able to apply your learning directly, and to improve your practice and that of your agency or team. 

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Registration opens on 24/04/14

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04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£775.00
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Registration opens on 24/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2016.
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04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£2632.00
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Registration opens on 24/04/14

See below for information about part time tuition fee loans available for study towards a qualification.

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2016.

*Fees may vary by country.

What you will study

The youth justice system in England and Wales is designed to prevent children and young people from offending and re-offending, using a wide range of approaches and strategies. These youth-offending services operate in conjunction with Children’s Trusts and other agencies that promote children’s welfare and their healthy development.

This course will develop your basic knowledge and understanding of the youth justice system in England and Wales; the cognitive skills and key skills required for undergraduate study at Level 1; and the capacity to reflect constructively upon your practice and the operation of the team or agency in which you work. You’ll gain a grounding in evidence-based practice in this field and competence in applying the methods, values and principles of effective practice to your practice. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to accurately and discriminately specify, search for and use the information needed for effective practice in work within the youth justice system, and show that you’re confident and competent in the relevant communication and learning skills at a level that enables you to continue to develop as an autonomous learner and a reflective practitioner.

Entry

This is a key introductory Level 1 course. Level 1 courses provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning, which help you to progress to courses at Level 2.

If you are currently working in a Youth Offending Team and would like to be sponsored for this course you should liaise with your Manager about potential sponsorship.

If you study K115 as a module of the Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales) or BA (Hons) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales), you should be aware that one of the compulsory modules will involve work-based learning and assessment. Please see the qualification descriptions for details.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Preparatory work

You will receive guidance of how to get started online in your first course mailing. This will provide you with information on using your computer for OU study and working with the Computing Guide. For example, it explains how to access and use your website and online discussion forums. If you have time before the course starts, you can work through this and explore all the online services available to you.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:

  • help to determine your study requirements and how to request the support that you need  
  • Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
  • using a computer for OU study
  • equipment and other support services that we offer
  • examination arrangements
  • how to contact us for advice and support both before you register and while you are studying.

Study materials

What's included

Course Guide, three Learning Guides and a wallchart. You will have access to a website through which teaching, assessment and library resources are available. Electronic versions of most of the printed study materials are also provided on the website.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2007 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.6 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. If you are new to the OU, you will find that your tutor is particularly concerned to help you with your study methods. You will also attend group tutorials and day-schools that are obligatory. Where your tutorials and day schools are held will depend on the distribution of students taking the course.  

Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.  

Assessment

The assessment details for this course can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

The end-of-module assessment (EMA) must be submitted online.

Professional recognition

The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales has the statutory responsibility of monitoring standards in the youth justice system with the central aim of preventing offending by children and young people.  It also has the responsibility of advising the Home Office on youth crime issues, and funding 155 Youth Offending Teams across England and Wales. The Board sets the national standards for youth justice, the key elements of effective practice, the quality assurance framework and also the requirements of the Foundation Degree in Youth Justice. The Foundation Degree in Youth Justice was developed in partnership with the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales as part of its National Learning and Skills Framework.

Future availability

The details given here are for the course that starts in October 2014. We expect it to be available once a year.

How to register

To register a place on this course return to the top of the page and use the Click to register button.

Distance learning

The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

For more information read Distance learning explained.

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Course facts
About this course:
Course code K115
Credits 60
OU Level 1
SCQF level 7
FHEQ level 4
Course work includes:
5 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

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