SVQ Community Justice: Working with Offending Behaviour SCQF level 7

SVQ Community Justice: Working with Offending Behaviour SCQF level 7

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Community Justice: Working with Offending Behaviour at SCQF level 7 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their particular area of work and expertise.

This qualification includes supporting and encouraging individuals in addressing their offending behaviour, promoting effective communication, developing practice through reflection and learning, promoting health, safety and security in the work setting, promoting the safeguarding of children and young people, and promoting the safeguarding of individuals.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with the Skills for Health and Justice Sector Skills Council to ensure relevance to the sector.

This SVQ is based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) set and published by Skills for Health and Justice. The standards provide an accurate and detailed definition of what candidates must know, understand and be able to do.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

Learners will gain an internationally recognised qualification which guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully. Employers will also benefit from their employees being proficient.

As assessment is carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employees who wish to obtain short, continuing professional development courses


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Candidates should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow then to gather the required evidence.



This SCQF level 7 award could provide progression to:

  • an HNC in Social Services
  • an SVQ in Social Services/Social Services (CYP) at SCQF level 7
  • degree level study at a higher education institution


Centres interested in offering this qualification require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide. The specific delivery requirements are set out in the assessment strategy.

How to assess

For general information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document Guidance on how to assess SVQs. For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the assessment strategy.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group award code: GL7F 23

The SVQ Community Justice: Working with Offending Behaviour at SCQF level 7 consists of five mandatory units and three optional units.

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the qualification structure.

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Unit Search.

Core Skills signposting

Core Skill mappings are carried out by the SSC responsible for the development of an SVQ. It is a requirement of SQA Accreditation that every SVQ submission includes information on where possible opportunities for candidates to develop Core Skills exist across the mandatory units.

Centres should note that mappings are not audited or validated against the Core Skills framework/units so are not accepted by SQA awarding body as evidence towards achievement of the Core Skills units.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Qualification Verification Summary Reports