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Working with children and young people in trouble

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 module 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. You will need some current experience of working directly with young people who are within the youth justice system.  

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Module

Module code
K116
Credits
60
Study level
OU SCQF FHEQ
1 7 4
Study method
Distance Learning
Module cost
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Entry requirements
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What you will study

This module 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 OU 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 module, 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 module 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 module 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.

Outside the UK

This module is only available in England and Wales. 

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 module. 

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 module 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 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.

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 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:

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


Entry

You:

  • should have normally studied or be studying currently the theory module Foundations for effective practice in youth justice (K115). Alternatively, you can study both modules at the same time.
  • must have an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check prior to the start of the module
  • must have some current experience of working directly with young people who are within the youth justice system.

As this module 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 module.

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 module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

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 module starts, you can work through this and explore all the online services available to you.

Register

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03 Oct 2015 Jun 2016 Not yet available

Registration opens on 12/03/15

October 2015 is the final start date for this course. For more information, see Future availability.

To register for this module, please refer to the entry requirements and contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service (online registration is not available).

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.  

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 30/10/2014.

What's included

Module 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 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.