School of Social Sciences

Department of Community Development Psycho-Social and Behavioural Sciences

The 12 months Certificate in Community Based Work with Children and Youth is offered from the Department of Community Development, Psycho-social and Behavioral Sciences. The aim of this programme is to enhance effectiveness in working with children at risk and to give students knowledge, skills and information to study key trends, theories and approaches in working with vulnerable groups. BOU offers the programme in collaboration with the Regional Psycho social Support Initiative (REPPSI) and the University of KwaZulu Natal. This programme is an innovative approach to professionalizing community-based care for children and youth, so that vulnerable populations can receive the care and support they need and are entitled to. Through this programme child protection, psychosocial support and community mobilization principles are mainstreamed into work with children and youth. Current and Prospective students of this programme, are those who wish to work with Children, Families and Communities (affected by HIV & Aids, Conflict, Poverty and Displacement in Africa). People working with youth, formally and informally (Church, Communities, NGO`s, Ministry of Youth, etc.). Most participants of this course have been those serving as volunteers in different settings. However, a good percentage of graduates from this programme have moved from voluntary positions to paid staff as a result of their qualification. The course is delivered by supported open distance learning.

Programme Structure

 The Certificate for Community Based Work with Children and Youth (CBWCY)

 The outline of the programme has six courses (modules) as follows:





Semester 1




Course code

Coures Name

Course Units


SPP011 (Module 1)

Personal and Professional Development

·       Pyschosocial Wellbeing and Support

·       My psychosocial Wellbeing and Support Systems

·       Professional Identity

·       Contextual Factors to Development Work


SIH011 (Module 2)

Introduction to Human Rights-based
Approaches & Child Protection

·       Reaslisng Children’s \ Rights

·       Programming for Children’s Rights

·       Child Protection

·       Advocating for Children’s Rights


SCY011 (Module 3)

Child and Youth Development

·       Understandings of Childhood

·       Theories of child and Youth Development

·       The foundations of Child and Youht Development

·       Risk and Resilience Fators in Child and Youth Development


Semester 2


SCS012 (Module 4)

Care and Support of Children at Risk

·       Contextual Understanding og the Helping Relationship

·       Basic Counsilling skills

·       Case Management

·       Specialised Support


SCD012 (Module 5)

Community Development

·       Contextual Understanding of Community Development

·       Principles of Commuinty Deelopment

·       Cild and Youth Participation

·       Community Mobilisation


SSL012 (Module 6)

Service Learning Project

·       Understanding Service-Learning

·       Planning and undertaking Service-Learning Project

·       Building Reflective Practitioners


For further information contact:

Boingotlo A Moses (Ms)
Lecturer and Programme Coordinator
Department of Community Development, Psycho -social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Social Sciences,
Botswana Open University, Private Bag BO 187
Gaborone, Botswana

Phone: +267 3646079
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