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ZUG3056 - Vulnerable children and Youth at risk

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 2021 (Day)

15 Credits


The principal aim of this module is to provide students with the theoretical underpinnings of working with victims of abuse. The module explains the contexts and scope of working with families through using models, approaches and theories of working with abuse cases within the child protection system. It addresses the pivotal roles of the child and youth care worker, families and members of the multi-disciplinary teams in working with victims of abuse.


  • Synthesize information on child abuse in order to effectively address it
  • Design and present programmes for orphaned and vulnerable children.
  • Discuss best practice models for support of child-headed households
  • Interpret the impact of use of the term “youth-at-risk” on treatment strategies
  • Analyse the prescribed approaches to deviant behaviour
  • Provide an illustration of the grief cycle
  • Explain the role attachment plays in relational treatment of vulnerable children


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.