Children, Young People and Families Practitioner (Level 4)
DURATION (EXCL EPA)
15 Months (£6000)
April & September
ABOUT THE COURSE
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 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.
Your role will include:
Encouraging individuals to engage positively with their community and relevant agencies and actively participate in the way their care and support is delivered
Using Theories and guidelines to underpin sound practice in the workplace
Sharing and agreeing on goals and outcomes when building relationships with partner organisations, other workers, children, young people and families, to ensure appropriate and timely support
Using systems and policy frameworks for work with children, young people and families. e.g. education, health, care, employment, criminal justice, special educational needs and disabilities, first aid, safeguarding
Working as part of a team
Taking an active part in continuous professional development
As part of the Programme, you will be required to develop Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours in the below areas within your organisation:
Communication that enables the voice of the child, young person or family members to be heard
Safeguarding requirements contained within mandatory local safeguarding training or nationally accredited equivalent
Equality, rights, diversity and cultural differences, and the values of the organisation in which you are working
The range of potential safeguarding risk factors (e.g. domestic violence, membership of gangs, missing children, online activity, radicalisation and Prevent agenda), the different forms of harm to children and vulnerable adults (e.g. neglect, child sexual exploitation, physical abuse, emotional abuse) and the local and national thresholds for safeguarding
Working together with children, young people and families to keep them safe and manage risk and promoting the development of skills the family need to successfully manage risk themselves
Working with and supporting other professionals to respond to safeguarding concerns
Child, adolescent and adult development
Models for monitoring changes in a child, young person or family member’s wellbeing
Systems and policy frameworks for work with children, young people and families. e.g. education, health, care, employment, criminal justice, special educational needs and disabilities, first aid, safeguarding
The values and behaviours expected of a Children, Young People and Family Worker
Care: Respecting and valuing individuals to keep them safe, being affirming and working with them to help them make a positive difference to their lives
Compassion: Consideration and concern for children, young people and their families, combined with an understanding of the perspective of those you work with
Courage: Honesty and a positive belief in helping children, young people and families. Being confident when faced with confrontation, holding a safe space to manage and contain really difficult behaviours and working with children, young people and families to challenge and enable them to fulfil their potential
Communication: Your work is based on building effective relationships, being perceptive and empathic and building a good rapport
Competence: The relationships you build to effect change for children, young people and families will be informed by social care ethics and values and will be developed through reflective practice.
Commitment: Creating sustainable change in others by working alongside children, young people and families and being authentic, consistent, patient, persistent and resilient
You will also be required to complete a Level 3 Diploma for Residential Care embedded into the standard programme
The course delivery will typically be completed over a 15-month period, which will include fortnightly knowledge delivery through face-to-face sessions or remote
The learners will also be observed in the workplace on at least 2 occasions to identify the standards of competence are being met.
There will also be recorded professional discussions covering competence towards the standard.
The tutor will complete a progress review in the first 6 weeks and every 10-12 weeks thereafter, which will require the Employer’s presence. All work will be stored on an electronic portfolio ready to be submitted to the End Point Assessment Organisation.
At the end of the 15th month, the learner will have a final assessment with an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO). Revision and mock activities will be completed with the learner prior to the final assessment.
End Point Assessment
As part of the Apprenticeship Standard, you will be required to complete and End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of your programme with an external Independent Assessor (EPAO).
Throughout the programme, your tutor will prepare you for the End Point Assessment and complete mock assessments prior to your final assessment.
The following elements will be completed during the End Point Assessment for the Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Standard:
Observation of practice
A competence interview informed by submission of a portfolio.
At the end of the final assessment, the below grades will be awarded by the EPAO:
As part of the Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Standard you will be achieving the following qualifications:
Apprenticeship Standard Certificate for Children, Young peoples and Families Practitioner in Residential Care
Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare
Functional Skills Maths (Level 2)*
Functional Skills English (Level 2)*
*Will be achieved if relevant qualification not already held prior to the Apprenticeship.
Typical applicants will display a good attitude, a positive approach to learning & development and a high level of ambition. Apprentices will need to sit an initial assessment in both English and Maths.
Where a learner does not hold an equivalent to or GSCE grade 4 (C) or above, you will need to sit Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the End Point assessment.
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