Children, Young People and Families Practitioner - Level 4

Programme Overview

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.

About this Programme

Apprenticeships are jobs with accompanying skills and development that are designed by employers. These develop technical knowledge, skills and behaviours which include the capabilities for the application of English, Maths and interpersonal skills that are required for current and future aspirations within the sector. Development is acquired through a blended mix of 20% off the job training and 80% workplace skills.

The Children, Young People Families Practitioner Apprenticeship Level 4 will learn to demonstrate a passion to care for children, young people and their families. They will be able to assess complex needs, implement interventions and work alongside other professionals with the goal of delivering improved outcomes.

Apprentices  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, Having the ability to bring a real change to the children’s life and development.

Apprentices develop sufficient knowledge, skills and behaviours to be able to be a competent practitioner within the children’s, young people and family service environment.

The children, young people and family practitioner will be employed within a role, working towards, being developed or on a placement that allow opportunities for Apprentices to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours in areas that include;

  • 100% of programme components with 20% off the job training entitlement and 80% workplace experience
  • Supporting individuals in accordance to the specified care/support plan
  • Supporting individuals to enable choice and control regarding service delivery and services
  • Supporting individuals to actively participate and understand services delivery and support services
  • Ensuring individuals know and understand how to provide informed consent to services
  • Contributing to the development of care/support plans for individuals they support
  • Supporting individuals with cognitive, physical and or sensory impairment
  • Applying dignity, respect and person-centred support encompassing empathy and compassion
  • Challenging inappropriate practices in provision, deliver and services to develop courage and capability
  • Developing clear communication strategies and skills with individuals, colleagues, families and external agencies to ensure effective and appropriate communication strategies
  • Understanding and responding to safeguarding concerns and unsafe practices
  • Championing the health of individuals and colleagues; promoting healthy eating, safe practices in moving and handling; spread of infection; fire safety and working with people with Dementia, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health whilst supporting health and wellbeing of those being supported
  • Developing and embracing personal and professional career development
  • Understanding how and when to obtain further sources of advice and guidance to ensure, safe and effective services
1. Full Cost £6,000 or 5% employer contribution

2. Duration 15 – 18 months

3. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

4. Care Certificate

5. Functional Skills English at Level 1/2 or equivalent

  1. Two exams and speaking and listening assessments

6. Functional Skills Mathematics at Level 1/2 or equivalent

  1. One exam covering two components
7. Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare

8. Gateway

  1. Reflection of Practice
  2. Confirmation of Readiness

9. End Point Assessment (EPA)

  1. Practical Observation
  2. Competence Interview with accompanying portfolio of excellence

During the duration of the Apprenticeship, all staff will develop a range of new knowledge, skills and behaviours which will add significant value to each Apprentices overall learning, progress and development. These may include:

Knowledge, Communication that enables the voice of the child, young person or family members to be heard. The safeguarding requirements contained within mandatory local safeguarding training or nationally accredited equivalent. Models for monitoring changes in a child, young person or family member’s wellbeing

Skills, Actively promotes respect, equality, diversity and inclusion. Appropriately challenges and/or offers alternative perspectives with the children, young person or family. Identifies and manages evidence-based approaches and evaluates their effectiveness

Behaviours, Compassion, Communication, and Competence.

 

Children, young people and family practitioners will develop knowledge skills and behaviours of safeguarding measures, protocols, best practice, legislation, regulation, codes of conduct specifically within health and safety, person-centred support, equality and inclusion, mental capacity, roles and responsibilities alongside in-depth knowledge, skills and behaviours in specialist and specific conditions to those whom they are providing care and support to.

 

Children, young people and family practitioners  will develop wider skills that enhance confidence, resilience, capability, coping strategies and competence to ensure an effective and sustained career and progression opportunities within children’s services.

Delivery will be based on a mix of blended learning for the practical elements which includes:

  • Tutor taught delivery
  • One to one tutorial
  • Virtual learning
  • eLearning
  • Distance Learning
  • Directed and self-directed study
  • Mentoring
  • Peer Support
  • Workplace experience
  • Formal Reviews
  • Supervisions
  • Reflective Practice
  • Team Meetings
  • Shadowing

Children, young people and family practitioners will achieve the full requirements of the Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare. Apprentices must achieve 61 credits of which 53 are mandatory the remaining 8 credits to be chosen from allocated roles and responsibilities.

 

Option Unit title Credit Type*
Mandatory Understand the development of children and young people in residential childcare 3 Knowledge
Mandatory Understand how to safeguard and protect children and young people in residential childcare 7 Knowledge
Mandatory Understand how to support children and young people who have experienced harm or abuse 3 Knowledge
Mandatory Information handling in residential childcare settings 3 Competence
Mandatory Promote effective communication and information handling in residential childcare settings 3 Competence
Mandatory Support risk management in residential childcare 2 Competence
Mandatory Assessment and planning with children and young people in residential childcare 3 Competence
Mandatory Support group living in residential childcare 3 Knowledge
Mandatory Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people in residential childcare 2 Competence
Mandatory Support attachment and positive relationships for children and young people in residential childcare 4 Competence
Mandatory Support the well-being and resilience of children and young people in residential childcare 3 Competence
Mandatory Support children and young people in residential childcare to achieve their learning potential 4 Competence
Mandatory Support children and young people in residential childcare to manage their health 2 Competence
Mandatory

Support the development of socially aware behaviour with children and young people in residential childcare

5 Competence
Mandatory

Engage in professional development in residential childcare settings

3 Competence
Mandatory

Support the rights, diversity and equality of children and young people in residential childcare

3 Competence
Mandatory

Participate in teams to benefit children and young people in residential childcare

3 Competence
Optional

Understand the care system and its impact on children and young people

3 Knowledge
Optional

Understand the youth justice system as it relates to residential childcare

3 Knowledge
Optional

Support young people leaving care

6 Competence
Optional

Understand residential childcare for children and young people with complex disabilities or conditions

3 Knowledge
Optional

Understand support for young people with complex disabilities or conditions making the transition into adulthood

3 Knowledge
Optional

Work with the families of children and young people in residential childcare

2 Competence
Optional

Support use of medication in social care settings

5 Competence

 

Competence – comprises of knowledge, skills and behaviours developed within the workplace and observed to ensure consistent application of knowledge, skills and behaviours in practice.

*Knowledge – assessed on apprentice’s ability to demonstrate apprehension and understanding

 

All assignment submissions from Children, Young People an Family Practitioners will be graded on a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Referral

Here is where Children young people and family practitioners will reflect on their newly found knowledge, skills and behaviours and the impact these have had on their practice and the individuals who have received care and support from them. To assist this reflection Apprentices will complete and collect

1. Mock observation

2. Gateway meeting form

3. Portfolio briefing

4. mapping and tracking

Here is where Children young people and family practitioners will reflect on their newly found knowledge, skills and behaviours and the impact these have had on their practice and the individuals who have received care and support from them. To assist this reflection Apprentices will complete and collect

1. Mock observation

2. Gateway meeting form

3. Portfolio briefing

4. mapping and tracking

End point Assessment ensures that children, young people and family practitioners have not only achieved the full components of the apprenticeship but have also retained and apprehended their newly acquired Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours. End Point Assessment is completed by an independent organisation.

There are two components to be assessed:

1. Competence Observation

55-60 minutes of a practical observation, covering knowledge skills and behaviours developed throughout the programme

 

2. Professional discussion.

An in-depth, two-way professional discussion between the apprentice and the independent assessor, lasting no more than 55-60 minutes. The discussion will be based on knowledge, skills and behaviours set from the apprenticeship standard, broadly covering:

  • Tasks and responsibilities
  • Dignity and children’s rights
  • Communication
  • Safeguarding
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Professional Development

Children, young people and family practitioner will achieve an Overall grade of Pass, Distinction or Fail, calculations based on:

Observation of practice Professional Discussion EPA Grade
Fail Fail Fail
Pass Fail Fail
Pass Distinction Pass
Distinction Pass Distinction
Distinction Distinction Distinction

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