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Level 4

RESIDENTIAL CHILDCARE PRACTITIONER APPRENTICESHIP

Duration:

12 months.

Qualifications:

Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, the apprentice will be awarded the following:

• Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare ‘OR’ Certificate in Higher Education in working with Children Young People and Families

• Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Standards

• Functional Skills in Maths and English Level 2 (if applicable)

Details of standard:

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. Each piece of work with a child or family will be different and you will exercise judgement on a range of evidence-based approaches to inform your practice. You will regularly evaluate the effectiveness of your methods and actions. Regular supervision with an experienced practitioner will encourage reflection on your practice. At the end of the apprenticeship the high quality of your practice will be making a real difference to those that you work with.

OPTION 1: Practitioner in Children’s Residential Care

You 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.

1A) Working with families, carers and children to devise, deliver and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for the care and support of individual children and young people in residential care

1B) Work within a team to promote the ethos of the home

 

OPTION 2: Children, Young People and Families Practitioner within the Community

You will understand the importance of and be skilled in, early intervention and safeguarding work. You will manage risk across the spectrum needs for children, young people and families’. You may work in settings as diverse as family homes, youth centres, early years, youth justice, children’s centres, educational settings and the community. You will play a significant role in working across agencies to improve outcomes. You may work with particular age groups, across the full age range or specifically with families. By supporting the confidence and skills of children, young people and families you will help them to overcome barriers and maximise their independence.

2A) Forge networks with other agencies and the community, within a specific working context (e.g. early years, youth, youth justice, family work, special educational needs and disability etc.) and build sustainable solutions together.

2B) In-depth understanding of a particular age group, context or family system

Job titles might include:

Residential childcare workers, registered residential childcare managers, deputies and assistant managers (further professional development / qualification may be required once in post), managers, deputy and assistant managers in other adult or children and young people’s social care settings.

Entry requirements:

The apprentice must be aged 16 years or over, living in England and not in a full-time education.  The apprentice will be required to undertake a DBS check, must be employed, working more than 16 hours per week and have experience working with children.

Off-The-Job Training:

It is compulsory for the apprentice to spent 20% of their normal working hours on training. The training can happen every week, every month or in a separate block of time. The training can take place at the workplace, training provider or online.

Guidance: How employers and training providers should meet the 20% off-the-job training requirement for apprentices, with some best practice examples.

Fundings:

Employers who do not pay levy:  For apprenticeships that start from 1 April 2021, the rate of co-investment is 5% of the total price of the apprentice’s training, with the government covering the remaining 95% of the cost, up to the funding band maximum.

Employers with fewer than 50 people working for them are able to train, at no cost, apprentices aged 16-18 or aged 19-24 who have previously been in care or who have a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan. These employers are not required to contribute the 5% co-investment; instead, the government will pay 100% of the training costs for these individuals up to the
funding band maximum.

Employers who pay levy: All funds that appear in the apprenticeship service accounts of employers who pay the levy expire 24 months after they appear in the account, if not already spent. Please contact us to discuss your apprenticeship strategies.

Policy paper for Apprenticeship funding can be found here.

Learner Loan: Qualifications higher than Level 2 can also be funded via the Government Advanced Learner Loan.

How to apply?

You can apply for this apprenticeship at any time of the year provided you meet the entry requirements. 

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