Working with children, young people and families, including carers, to achieve positive and sustainable change in their lives

ROLE PROFILE (what the apprentice should be able to do at the end of the Apprenticeship)

CORE: 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 .

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.

Duration: Typically 24 months for new entrants. For those with relevant qualifications and experience in the health and social care field, 12 to 18 months

Qualifications: Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking their end- point assessment.

Behaviors;

The values and behaviors expected of a Children, Young People and Family Worker

  • Care: Respecting and valuing individuals to keep them safe, being affirming and working with them to help them make a positive difference to their lives
  • Compassion: Consideration and concern for children, young people and their families, combined with an understanding of the perspective of those you work with
  • Courage: Honesty and a positive belief in helping children, young people and families. Being confident when faced with confrontation, holding a safe space to manage and contain really difficult behaviours and working with children, young people and families to challenge and enable them to fulfil their potential Communication: Your work is based on building effective relationships, being perceptive and empathic and building good rapport
  • Competence: The relationships you build to effect change for children, young people and families will be informed by social care ethics and values and will be developed through reflective practice.
  • Commitment: Creating sustainable change in others by working alongside children, young people and families and being authentic, consistent, patient, persistent and resilient

Candidates for this course should be working in a related sector.

All applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. If you have experience or previous knowledge that will support your application please remember to include it. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.

Training and assessment fee £6,000

Levy employers 100% contribution required.
Non-levy employers Co-invested government contribution 95% Employer 5% £300
Apprentices must not incur any costs

Employer Incentive for Hiring a new Apprentice apprenticeships.gov.uk/employers/financial-incentives

You could receive up to £4000 If you hire an apprentice before 31st January 2022, as part of the Government’s plan to support employers during the economic recovery.

All ages Covid 19 Incentive £3000.00
16-18 Permanent incentive £1000.00

  1. The apprentice must be a new hire holding a contract of employment with start date no earlier than 01/04/2021
    2. The apprentice must not have been previously employed by the same employer within the previous 6 months of the start date

National Insurance Contributions are not required by employers with apprentices under the age of 25 earning less than £827 a week.