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

You will have a number of taught sessions which are designed to allow you to:

  • discuss your personal and professional development
  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you’re working on

We will also support you through our virtual learning environment, giving you access to all of the module learning material, as well providing a platform to discuss ideas, work or anything else with your tutors and fellow students. You’ll find lots of professional support on campus plus plenty of people to turn to if you need a helping hand.

The Level 3 Diploma Residential Childcare (England) is embedded within the programme learning outcomes.

The programme duration is up to 24 months.

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