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Working with children and young people within the youth justice system is both highly demanding and potentially very rewarding. To do this effectively and humanely you will require both a wide range of professional competencies and an ability to critically reflect on your practice. This course is designed to equip you with the basic practical skills necessary to support the needs of children and young people and address their troublesome behaviour.

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This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2015.
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04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£775.00
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2015.
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04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£775.00
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2015.
Start End Fee Register
04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£2632.00
Choose country above

Registration opens on 30/04/14

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 2015.

*Fees may vary by country.

What you will study

This course will focus on workplace-based learning with significant elements of assessment of your own practice in your (youth justice) workplace. It will enable you to apply the knowledge, skills and insights that make up the foundations of effective practice in the field of youth justice.

Learning and assessment will be focused on developing and evidencing the practice competencies necessary for working in this multi-agency context.

K116 will support you in providing evidence of competencies set at undergraduate Level 1. These competencies will draw on the National Standards in youth justice and will be assessed through:

  • evidence of practice
  • four practice-based assignments
  • an end-of-module assessment.

Given the practical nature of this course, you will receive the support of an Open University tutor and your evidence of practice will need to be verified by your line manager or their nominee based in your workplace.

Successful completion of this course will provide you with a sound understanding of the methods, values and principles of effective practice in youth justice and a basic level of competence in applying these in the team or agency in which you work.

You will learn

Through the successful completion of K116 you will learn to:

  • develop supportive and respectful relationships with children, young people and their families, as the basis for effective practice in youth justice
  • actively promote the welfare and life opportunities of children and young people in the youth justice system
  • contribute to the appropriate assessment of children and young people in the youth justice system as the basis of appropriate interventions and programmes
  • contribute to the planning and delivery of interventions and programmes designed to tackle the risks faced by young people, to their current welfare, to their healthy development and to their life opportunities; and to enable them to desist from offending or reduce their offending behaviour
  • promote the safety and security of children and young people and, specifically, the safeguarding of these children and young people from abuse and neglect
  • where relevant, to support victims and survivors of offences committed by children and young people
  • work in effective partnerships and collaborations with other professional groups and other agencies, including the sharing of information and understanding different roles and responsibilities
  • demonstrate in your practice an informed awareness of ethical and legal foundations to effective practice in the youth justice system
  • constructively reflect upon and plan for your own continuing personal and professional development
  • communicate effectively with children and young people in ways that are appropriate for their age, maturity and abilities.

Vocational relevance

As a module of the Foundation Degree in Youth Justice, the course reflects the national occupational standards of the sector and will enable you to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to work effectively in the youth justice system.

Entry

You must:

  • have previously studied or be studying currently Foundations for effective practice in youth justice (K115)
  • have an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check prior to the start of the course
  • have some current experience of working directly with young people who are within the youth justice system.

As this course entails some assessment of your practice, you will need opportunities to demonstrate a range of practical competencies. These are likely to include opportunities to:

  • experience youth justice work in one or more different contexts (working on a one-to-one basis with children and young people, in groups and in the community)
  • engage in a variety of different tasks (promoting the welfare of children and young people and preventing further offending)
  • develop the key and cognitive skills necessary for successful completion of the course.

Settings for such opportunities are either a youth offending team or work in the secure estate. Some professional and voluntary settings where work is undertaken with children and young people in a youth justice context can also be appropriate.

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

Outside the UK

This course is only available in England and Wales. 

Preparatory work

You will receive guidance of how to get started online. 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 the 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, study units, practice related proformas and an audio CD and DVD video.

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. They will also mark and comment on your written work, and you can ask them for advice and guidance. Part of your tuition is delivered online so some of the contact with your tutor will be through email and online discussion forums, although phone communication may also be used. We will also be able to offer online group tutorials and face-to-face day schools that you are encouraged to attend. Where these 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.

Support from your workplace

This is a work-based learning course and you will need the support of your workplace. In particular you will need a line manager or their nominee to confirm your practice learning plan and verify your practice. This person is known as a Work-based Supervisor. They also receive a guide to help them in this role. The Open University will also appoint a Practice Monitor to advise you on verification.

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.

Your end-of-module assessment (EMA) will be a piece of written work, which must be submitted online, and a practice assessment profile with evidence of practice.

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

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept online registrations for this course. Instead, please read the Entry section of this course description and contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

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 K116
Credits 60
OU Level 1
SCQF level 7
FHEQ level 4
Course work includes:
4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

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