Children, Young People & Families Practitioner (Practitioner in Children’s Residential Care)

Key Information

Level 4
Typical Duration 18 – 24 Months
Delivery Model One-to-one Support
Delivery Location Workplace with occasional college attendance (if required)
Start Date Flexible

Programme Summary

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.

The skills and knowledge requirements for this standard are based on statements typically expected from children, young people and families about the work the practitioner has undertaken with them:

  • “You listened to me, understood what has happened to me and how I feel about my life, and I am confident my voice is heard”
  • “You helped me to identify risk, you made me aware when things were unsafe”
  • “You identified my/our strengths and difficulties and helped me learn about myself/ourselves. We prepared and made plans where we agreed the next steps together”
  • “You supported me through the changes, stuck with me and checked how things were progressing and asked whether things were better for me”
  • “You weren’t afraid to make difficult decisions when you thought it was the right thing to do”
  • “You knew what you were doing – you understood the law and knew where to find other information and helped me to form creative ideas about how to make things better”
  • “You thought about things”
  • “You included people who were important to me or could help me”

Other expectations from this option are:

  • 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
  • Work within a team to promote the ethos of the home

What will you learn?

Apprentices will learn:

  • The development of children in residential childcare
  • Safeguarding and protection of children and young people in residential childcare
  • Supporting children and young people who have experienced harm or abuse
  • Effective communication and information handling
  • Supporting risk assessment
  • Assessment and planning
  • Supporting group living
  • Supporting positive outcomes
  • Supporting attachment and positive relationships
  • Supporting wellbeing and resilience
  • Supporting children and young people to achieve learning potential
  • Supporting children and young people to manage their health
  • Supporting the development of socially aware behaviour with children and young people
  • Engage in professional development
  • Supporting the rights, diversity and equality of children and young people
  • Participate in teams to support children and young people in residential childcare

Alongside the above, you, your assessor and manager will work together to choose other areas of study to meet the roles and responsibilities you have, and the requirements of the children and young people supported.

How is it delivered and assessed?

Elements of learning can be face-to-face tutorials by visit or remote digital means, directed study and research, learning in the workplace via practical demonstration, shadowing, instruction, simulation or by way of courses and reflection.

Assessment methods may include Q&A, work products, observation of practice, witness accounts, recognition of prior learning, and professional discussions.

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Level 3 Diploma for Residential Care
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in English (unless previously achieved)
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in mathematics (unless previously achieved)

End Point Assessment

The end point assessment will consist of: 

  • An observation of practice
  • A competence interview
  • A portfolio of evidence (this will inform the interview)

Entry Requirements

  • English and maths – Level 1

Apprentices must be in suitable employment have the opportunity to develop all required knowledge, skills and behaviours aligned to this apprenticeship standard.

Interested in this apprenticeship? Apply now.