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Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice)

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Description

This qualification is for you if you work in the area of youth justice. It will deepen your knowledge and critical understanding of the youth justice system in England and Wales; encourage you to reflect on the ideas that influence your work; and develop the understanding and skills you need to move on in your own practice. You’ll study the operation of the youth justice system within a multi-agency context; examine the principles of evidence-based practice; and consider the appropriateness of different approaches designed to prevent offending and re-offending by children and young people. You’ll provide evidence of competence in putting these methods, values and principles into practice – drawing on your own practice and the operation of the team in which you work. You’ll also be able to accurately and discriminately specify, search for and use the information needed for effective practice.

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Study method: Flexible, part-time study through distance learning.
Type of qualification: OU Certificate
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OU Certificates are specially designed Open University qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession, or academic study. For example The Open University's Certificate in Supporting Learning in Primary Schools is designed for teaching assistants and other kinds of classroom support staff, including volunteers. Not all OU Certificates are entry level qualifications.

You can use an OU Certificate to:

  • enhance or progress your current career
  • gain a greater knowledge and understanding of a subject you are interested in.
Code: S21

Entry requirements

To study this certificate, you’ll be expected to have some work experience in the area of youth justice. There are no formal academic entry requirements. However, this is a Level 2 certificate. You should ensure that you have adequate study skills, such as gained from Level 1 study or its equivalent, before you begin.

Career relevance and employability

This certificate aims to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to work effectively in the youth justice sector. You’ll learn how to apply general and specialist knowledge of the youth justice system to your own context, and to put into practice a range of key methods, values and principles, such as evidence-based practice and critical reflection. You’ll also be able to demonstrate your competence as an individual practitioner, as a team member, and within the wider multi-agency youth justice system. By the end of your studies, you’ll be a confident communicator ready to continue development as an autonomous learner and reflective practitioner.

There’s more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Register your interest

For academic year 2014/15, registration opens on 24/04/2014. If you would like to be kept updated, you can register your interest now.

Credit for previous study elsewhere

You cannot count credit for study you have already completed elsewhere towards this qualification.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.

On completion

On successful completion of the required module you will be awarded a Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice). Holders of this qualification are permitted to use the letters Cert EP(YJ) after their names.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:

These regulations are also available on our Essential Documents website.

If you have a disability

Choosing the qualification that’s right for you is very important. Depending on your disability, long-term health condition, mental health disability or specific learning difficulty, you may need to consider any challenges posed by:

  • the learning objectives: for example, to gain an honours degree in a language you must be physically able to speak the language
  • how the modules are taught: for example, some of our science qualifications require that you complete laboratory work
  • any work-based competency requirements.

Choosing the right qualification can be a complex mix of the subject requirements and the support you may need. To help you assess whether the qualification you are interested in will work for you, further advice is available from:

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.

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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