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Children Young People & Families Practitioner

Community Pathway - Level 4
2 Years
September 2023
Campus Taught

Through our Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Apprenticeship, you will develop the competencies and capabilities needed to achieve positive and sustainable change in children’s lives, and to make a real difference to those you work with.

Why study with us

  • Our Social Work provision is ranked 4th in the UK and 2nd in England in the Guardian League Table 2021.
  • Childhood and Youth courses at the University of Central Lancashire are ranked 13th in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • We have excellent links with primary and secondary schools, children’s residential care homes, children’s advocacy services, domestic violence centres, pupil referral units and family support services.

Why choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

By completing the Children, Young People and Families Practitioners apprenticeship you will achieve a recognised Level 4 qualification- Certificate in Higher Education Working with Children, Young People and their Families, which will elevate you on the career ladder within the children and young people workforce.

The apprenticeship is the perfect opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge through work-based learning, as you earn.

Who is this course for?

Children, Young People and Families Practitioner apprenticeship is aimed at practitioners who wish to pursue a career in working with children, young people and families, across the education, social care and wellbeing sector, whichever area of practice you choose, you will want to know how to work safely and effectively with the children and families who use those services.

You may be looking for employment in the sector, or likewise you may be already be employed in the sector and looking for an opportunity to engage in professional development and attain a higher-level qualification.

As a Children, Young People and Families Practitioner apprentice you may work in settings as diverse as family homes, residential care homes, youth centres, early years, youth offending, children’s centres, educational settings or within the social care and therapeutic wellbeing community.

You will have a disposition to care and a respectful curiosity that challenges and supports children, young people and families to manage risk and stay safe, specifically focusing on supporting the children, young people and families to achieve positive and sustainable change in their lives.

You will have a desire and commitment to develop the effective skills in recognising and assessing the complex needs that children, young people and families often present.

You will be passionate about achieving a high standard of professional practice, which will positively impact on individuals’ lives, their families and the wider community.

What you'll do

  • Throughout the Children, Young People and Families Practitioner apprenticeship, you will work alongside other professionals and organisations to share the responsibility for improving outcomes for children, young people and their families.
  • Each contact with a child or family will be different, therefore you will learn to exercise judgement, drawing upon a range of evidence-based approaches that inform your practice.
  • You will be encouraged to regularly evaluate the effectiveness of your interventions and practice, with support from an experienced practitioner, in order to constantly improve and develop best practice.

Module overview

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Information for employers

A Children, Young People and Families Practitioner apprentice is employed to fulfil a job role within your workplace, while studying for a formal qualification. The apprenticeship is open to new and existing employees.

This course meets the Apprenticeship Standards for Children, Young people and Families Practitioner and your apprentice will develop the knowledge and skills to either succeed in their chosen Job role/ career or progress to the next apprenticeship level.

Benefits to the employer

  • The Children, Young people and Families Practitioner programme is a great way to address skills and knowledge gaps in your workforce, retain and attract staff who want opportunities for professional development through a high-quality degree.
  • Enhance your workforce by developing existing employees or recruiting new staff to the position of Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Apprentice.
  • If your payroll is under £3m, you don’t need to pay the Apprenticeship Levy. However, you can get funding towards the cost of training and assessment of apprentices. You only pay 5% - the government will co-fund the other 95% (up to the funding band maximum).

This course is based in the School of Social Work, Care and Community located in the Faculty of Health and Care

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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