Children, Young People and Families Practitioner

24 Months
Level 4
NCFE
Blended
Course Overview:

 

As a practitioner, you’ll work with children, young people, and families to achieve positive change in their lives. You’ll recognize and assess complex needs, agreeing on specific interventions or referrals. Your approach will challenge and support them to achieve their potential while working with other professionals and organisations.

Option 1: As a Practitioner in Children’s Residential Care, you’ll take the lead in developing and delivering a child’s placement plan. You’ll support their health, education, social and day-to-day needs, helping them to thrive.

Option 2: As a Children, Young People and Families Practitioner in the Community, you’ll understand early intervention and safeguarding work, managing risk across the spectrum of needs. You’ll work in different settings and age groups, helping to overcome barriers and maximise their independence.

 

Why choose an apprenticeship with ART Skills Centre?

ART Skills Centre is revolutionising the delivery of apprenticeships. Leveraging our extensive experience in providing quality blended learning to all our learners annually, using our unique blended delivery model that prioritises flexibility and efficiency for both apprentices and employers.

Our focus on high-quality learning resources and approach now extends to the apprenticeship sector, ensuring that more individuals receive personalised training and robust career guidance.

At the ART Skills Centre, we are committed to the personal and professional growth of our learners. Our individualised programme of learning is designed to help learners develop as individuals and employees, and to facilitate their progress at every stage of the learning journey.

 

Entry Requirements:

  • Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking their end-point assessment.
  • Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result

Benefits for Learner(s):

  • Gain a nationally recognized and accredited qualification
  • Earn while learning
  • Access high-quality learning and assessment materials for your employees
  • Receive bespoke support for high-quality “off the job” learning
  • Access support from a qualified assessor / tutor and a Learner Support Advisor (LSA) during scheduled check-ins throughout the apprenticeship

 

Benefits for Organization(s):

  • Improve staff retention
  • Work in partnership with a reputable training provider
  • See rapid improvements in employee performance, productivity, and behaviours that will benefit your organisation

KNOWLEDGE

The following is a list of summarised topics and sub-contents (but not limited to) that a CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES PRACTITIONER must know and understand upon completion of this programme:

 

  • Active Listening and Empathy:
    • Enabling the voice of the child, young person or family members to be heard, acknowledging multiple factors that contribute to uncertainty in their lives, and respecting equality, rights, diversity, cultural differences, and organisational values.

 

  • Risk Assessment and Management:
    • Identifying potential safeguarding risks and harm to vulnerable individuals, understanding local and national safeguarding thresholds, and complying with mandatory training requirements.

 

  • Collaborative Planning with Strengths-Based Approach in Care:
    • Understanding child, adolescent and adult development, the spectrum of needs and how they may be met, and the principles of effective assessment and the importance of analysis and professional judgement.

 

  • Support and Progress Monitoring:
    • Evaluating models for monitoring changes in a child, young person, or family member’s wellbeing and selecting evidence-based interventions based on their strengths and weaknesses.

 

  • Courageous Decision Making:
    • Understanding the ethical nature, boundaries and responsibilities of the role, and applying theories and guidelines to support sound practice.

 

  • Knowledge and Resource Utilisation:
    • Working with systems and policy frameworks for children, young people, and families, including education, health, care, employment, criminal justice, special educational needs and disabilities, first aid, and safeguarding.

 

  • Thinking and Problem Solving:
    • Considering ethics and values, using professional judgement and analysis to navigate complex situations, and challenging oneself and the systems in use. 

 

  • Collaboration and Partnership:
    • Establishing shared goals and outcomes when building relationships with others using techniques.

 

Specialist Topics for Practitioner in Children’s Residential Care 

 

  • Working with Families and Carers to Support Children and Young People in Residential Care:
    • Complying with legislation and regulations for residential care, while promoting the aspirations of the child and understanding group living and dynamics, including legislation for Special Educational Needs and Disability

 

  • Ethos Promotion and Teamwork:
    • Fostering a positive home ethos and promoting collaboration in team dynamics within residential settings.

 

Specialist Topics for Children, Young People and Families Practitioner within the Community 

 

  • Networking and Sustainable Solutions:
    • Practising and applying principles of effective multi-agency working

 

  • Expertise in Specific Contexts:
    • Understanding contemporary social issues affecting family life and child/youth care, and specific groups (e.g. U5, 5-11, 12+, young adults, parents, families, children with special educational needs and disabilities), while considering key ethical and professional aspects

 

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SKILLS

The following is a list of summarised  topics and sub-contents (but not limited to) that a CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES PRACTITIONER must be able to do upon completion of this programme:

 

  • Active Listening and Empathy:
    • Enabling communication of the voice of the child, young person or family members, encouraging active engagement with community and relevant agencies, and promoting respect, equality, diversity and inclusion.

 

  • Risk Assessment and Management:
    • Collaborates with children, young people, families, and professionals to safeguard and manage risk while promoting skill development for families to manage risk independently.

 

  • Collaborative Planning with Strengths-Based Approach in Care:
    • Supporting individuals and families by identifying their influences, facilitating informed choices, developing and recording holistic plans, delivering interventions, evaluating their effectiveness, and addressing barriers to accessing resources.

 

  • Support and Progress Monitoring:
    • Managing and evaluating evidence-based approaches and contributing to resilient and consistent practice development

 

  • Courageous Decision Making:
    • Models professional behaviour, challenges and offers alternative perspectives, and contributes to own development.

 

  • Knowledge and Resource Utilisation:
    • Applying knowledge of legal, economic, and social justice systems and implementing policy frameworks to support positive outcomes for children, young people, and families.

 

  • Thinking and Problem Solving:
    • Applying professional judgement and ethical considerations to analyse complex situations and challenge systems in use.

 

  • Collaboration and Partnership:
    • Sharing and Agreeing goals and outcomes to provide timely support to partner organisations, workers, children, young people, and families.

 

Specialist Topics for Practitioner in Children’s Residential Care 

 

  • Working with Families and Carers to Support Children and Young People in Residential Care:
    • Assuming professional parenting role, contributing to individualised placement plans, and supporting progress of traumatised children and young people living together

 

  • Ethos Promotion and Teamwork:
    • Promoting the home’s ethos and modelling collaborative team working.

 

Specialist Topics for Children, Young People and Families Practitioner within the Community 

 

  • Networking and Sustainable Solutions:
    • Contributing to the development and evaluation of interventions, challenging interagency non-performance, and negotiating and navigating social welfare systems to secure effective joint outcomes while building networks with others.

 

  • Expertise in Specific Contexts:
    • Engaging and supporting children, young people, and vulnerable adults to identify and deal with safeguarding risk

 

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BEHAVIOURS

The following is a list of summarised topics and sub-contents (but not limited to) on how a CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES PRACTITIONER must behave or demonstrate upon completion of this programme:

 

  • 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:
    • Being honest and positively believing in helping children, young people and families, confidently facing confrontation, holding a safe space to manage and contain difficult behaviours, and working with them to challenge and enable them to fulfil their potential

 

  • Communication:
    • Working involves building effective relationships, being perceptive and empathic, and building 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

 

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