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ZUG4044 - Child & Youth Care Legislation & Policy

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

  • First Semester 2022 (Day)

30 Credits


The principal aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge of policies and rights of Children and Youth. The student will be exposed to theory underpinning policy development, analysis, implementation and evaluation. The module explains the contexts and scope of policy frameworks relevant to young people within South Africa, the African continent and internationally. The aim of the module is to prepare the child and youth care worker for the more strategic macro level responsibility of ensuring that services to children and youth are aligned with policy and legislation through procedural knowledge.


  • Evaluate and design policies following the policy development process.
  • Critically identify and explain policy principles
  • Describe the current legislative and policy frameworks that guide child and youth development services in South Africa
  • Provide an overview of international legislation that impacts services to children and youth
  • Discuss the role of the child and youth care worker to advocate for children and youth
  • Explain the role and services of government departments in ensuring safety and security for children and youth
  • Design a policy proposal
  • Demonstrate understanding of theories and models for analysing public policy


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.