Children, Young People & Families Practitioner

Level 4

This apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and knowledge to achieve positive and sustainable change in the lives of children, young people and their families through an engaging and challenging programme.

It will provide you with a sound foundation of knowledge and understanding of child and young people’s development, working with families in the diverse contexts of children and young people’s lives with the continuous application of knowledge, theory and research evidence into the workplace.

The apprenticeship will allow you to develop as a reflective practitioner through being responsive, committed and compassionate in developing and applying their knowledge to support positive outcomes in the context of multi-agency working.

This programme is designed for practitioners who are currently engaged in employment in Children, Young People and Families services.

The Certificate in Higher Education Children, Young People and Families Practitioner apprentice has two optional outcomes: Community Practitioner or Residential Care Practitioner.

Of the 120 credits, 80 credits will be core shared learning, with the remaining 40 credits for the specialised option.

Shared core modules

  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Lifespan Development: Health, Development and Wellbeing
  • Participation, Rights and the Law
  • Safeguarding in Practice
  • Introduction to Inclusion

Specialised optional module (choose one)

  • Children, Young People and Families Practitioner in the Community
  • Children and Young People’s Residential Care


The programme duration is up to 24 months consisting of:

  • 18 months taught content: six modules equal to 120 credits at Level 4
  • Up to three month Gateway preparation for the End Point Assessment (EPA)
  • Up to three month End Point Assessment (EPA) period

The three month periods for the Gateway and EPA will be dependent on the apprentices’ readiness for final assessment. The employer will be instrumental in the decision-making for this in collaboration with the University and the apprentice.


The assessment strategy for this programme will emphasise continuous assessment of the apprentices’ academic development and competence in their employment-based practice including planning, observation and recording of activities with children, young people and families.

Visiting Tutor and Work Based Mentor                                                                                           

Apprentices will have a Visiting Tutor who will support the application of their learning to practice and monitor progress towards the EPA in conjunction with the employer. A work-based Mentor will be required of the employer to enable the apprentice to achieve the learning outcomes.


This apprenticeship is currently only available to Levy paying organisations. It is charged in line with the funding guidance at a rate of £6,000 per apprentice (For information on up-to-date funding, please refer to UK Government website).

Delivery model                                                                                                        

The taught programme will be delivered through active blended learning including interactive workshops and seminars supported by independent study and tutor led online tasks.

Entry requirements

  • Sponsored by an employer
  • Being in relevant employment (minimum of 30 hours per week)
  • DBS clearance
  • Level 2 Maths and English
  • Standard University entry requirement for Level 4 study

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