Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for learners aged 19 years and over, who are leading and managing others in residential children’s homes in England. It is a new qualification, recently introduced by Skills for Care and Development. It is an excellent way to gain a nationally recognised Level 5 qualification whilst working in the residential childcare sector.
This qualification includes underpinning knowledge regarding children and young people’s development, how to lead practice in supporting positive outcomes for children and young people, how to manage risks in residential childcare, and how to lead a service that supports children and young people who have experienced harm or abuse.
This is an ideal opportunity for residential staff to study while working. It can be delivered in the workplace, rather than travelling to College premises to study. It is recognised by Ofsted as an appropriate qualification for the residential childcare sector.
Learners’ own experiences in their place of work are used as evidence towards this qualification, so additional work placements are not usually required.
Learners can be enrolled for up to two years.
Assessors visit the workplace on a regular basis to support learners instead of attendance at College-based classes.
Teaching and Assessment
A variety of methods can be used for gathering evidence towards a QCF portfolio, including assignments, case studies, direct observations, professional discussions, work products and reflective accounts.
Learners can progress into the relevant job role of registered manager.
Learners may wish to purchase textbooks to support their learning, but this is not a mandatory cost.