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ZUG3054 - Child and Youth Intermediary Services

Undergraduate – Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Faculty of Social and Health Sciences


South Africa

  • Second Semester 2021 (Day)

15 Credits


The principal aim of this module is to provide students with the theoretical underpinnings of Intermediary work. The module explains the contexts and scope of how to understand the child who has gone through the court system; the effects of the abuse on the child’s witnessing; how to relate to the abused and traumatised child with an understanding of the theoretical framework that guides the sector on how to approach these clients within the criminal court system in South Africa.


  • Explain the theoretical frameworks relevant for working with traumatised children
  • Critically discuss  the difficulties children experience in court settings and the effect their memory and suggestibility has on the outcome
  • Describe the steps followed in conduct impact assessments with reference to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumagenics
  • Demonstrate insight into the judicial process
  • Formulate how to facilitate a gradual disclosure and management of the ‘child abuse accommodation syndrome’
  • Explain processes involved in the used of communication in court with regard to semantics, syntax, pragmatics, and question confusion
  • Facilitate a process of establishing competency of and understanding of the truth by the child witness


Within semester/Formative assessment: 70%
Examination/Summative assessment: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.