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Employed in appropriate setting

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GCSE Grade 4-9, A*-C or initial assessment

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Apprenticeship

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Duration

18 Months


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As a practitioner you will be working with children, young people and families, including carers, to achieve positive and sustainable change in their lives. You will demonstrate a passion to care for and about children, young people and families.

Overview

CORE: As a practitioner you will be working with children, young people and families, including carers, to achieve positive and sustainable change in their lives. You will demonstrate a passion to care for and about children, young people and families. You will be skilled in recognising and assessing the complex needs that children, young people and families often present. You will agree with the child, young person or family any specific interventions or referrals. Your approach will be one of respectful curiosity that challenges and supports children, young people and families to achieve their potential and stay safe. You will work alongside other professionals and organisations to share the responsibility for improving outcomes. Each piece of work with a child or family will be different and you will exercise judgement on a range of evidence-based approaches to inform your practice. You will regularly evaluate the effectiveness of your methods and actions. Regular supervision with an experienced practitioner will encourage reflection on your practice. At the end of the apprenticeship the high quality of your practice will be making a real difference to those that you work with.

OPTION 1: Practitioner in Children's Residential Care

OPTION 2: Children, Young People and Families Practitioner within the Community

 

What will I study?

OPTION 1: Practitioner in Children's Residential Care

You could be working in a number of settings e.g. a children’s home, a residential special school or a secure children’s home. The children might be living on their own or in a larger group. You will take the lead in developing and delivering the child's placement plan and will work with the child to support their health, education, social and day to day needs, playing a significant role in helping them to thrive and fulfil their potential .

Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare

  • To deepen knowledge of legislation, national and local regulatory guidance relating to Residential Management
  • To underpin knowledge and theory in your specific area of work
  • Enables candidates to be assessed in the real working environment through a range of assessment methods

OPTION 2: Children, Young People and Families Practitioner within the Community

You will understand the importance of and be skilled in, early intervention and safeguarding work. You will manage risk across the spectrum needs for children, young people and families'. You may work in settings as diverse as family homes, youth centres, early years, youth justice, children's centres, educational settings and the community. You will play a significant role in working across agencies to improve outcomes. You may work with particular age groups, across the full age range or specifically with families. By supporting the confidence and skills of children, young people and families you will help them to overcome barriers and maximise their independence.

Entry Requirements

  1. Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result
  2. Undertake initial assessment and achieve required results or have a GCSE Grade 4-9, A*-C or equivalent
  3. Be employed within the required role and setting.

How will I be assessed?

You will be on programme for 18 months. Delivery is flexible and can be adapted to meet the individual needs and experience of candidates and preferences of employers.

You will be assessed by an approved assessor, who will visit you in your workplace to observe and assess your practical work. You will submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding.

Once completed the standards knowledge, skills and behaviours you will undertake a final End Point Assessment (EPA) which is assessed by an outside party.

Your Study Programme

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