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Foundations for effective practice in youth justice

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 OU level 1 module 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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Module

Module code
K115
Credits
60
Study level
OU SCQF FHEQ
1 7 4
Study method
Distance Learning
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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 module 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 OU 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 module, 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.

If you are considering progressing to Working with children and young people in trouble (K116), you must have normally completed or be studying this module.
 

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.

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 module.  

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 module 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.

Future availability

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

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.

Course work includes:

5 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school


Entry

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

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

If you study K115 as part of the Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales) or BA (Hons) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales), you should be aware that you go on to study compulsory module Working with children and young people in trouble (K116), which will involve work-based learning and assessment. Alternatively, you can study both modules at the same time. Please see the qualification descriptions for details.

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

Preparatory work

You will receive guidance of how to get started online in your first module 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 module starts, you can work through this and explore all the online services available to you.

Register

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04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015 £2632.00

Registration closes 11/09/14 (places subject to availability)

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You may need to apply for some payment or funding options earlier. Please check the Fees and Funding information or contact us for information.

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

Ways to pay for this module

Open University Student Budget Account

The Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) offers a convenient 'pay as you go' option to pay your OU fees, which is a secure, quick and easy way to pay. Please note that The Open University works exclusively with OUSBA and is not able to offer you credit facilities from any other provider. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments.

You pay the OU through OUSBA in one of the following ways:

  • Register now, pay later - OUSBA pays your module fee direct to the OU. You then repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just before your module starts. 0% APR representative. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding to repay OUSBA.
  • Pay by instalments – OUSBA calculates your annual fees and spreads them out over up to a year, enabling you to pay your fees monthly and walk away with a qualification without any further debt. APR 5.1% representative.

Read more about Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).  

Employer sponsorship

Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU qualifications are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to achieve one. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

More than one in 10 OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. If the qualification you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. 

  • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
  • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your modules.  

For more information about employer sponsorship speak to an adviser or request a call back.

Credit/debit card

You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. 

We accept American Express, Maestro (UK only), Mastercard, Visa/Delta and Visa Electron. 

Gift vouchers

You can pay for part or all of your tuition fees with OU gift vouchers. Vouchers are currently available in the following denominations, £10, £20, £50 and £100. 

Mixed payments

We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. You may, for example wish to pay part of your tuition fee with a debit card and pay the remainder in instalments through an Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).

For more information about combining payment options, speak to an adviser or request a call back.


Note: Your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is based upon current details for  year 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015.
This information was provided on 30/07/2014.

What's included

Module 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 module as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2008 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.7 or later.

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

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. 

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. Find out more about our services for disabled students.