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Level: 4: STOO88 – 12-24 MONTHS (excluding EPA):

As a practitioner you will be working with children, young people and families, includingm 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.

You will be supported throughout your apprenticeship by your coach to meet the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours needed to be entered for EPA and pass the apprenticeship…

The knowledge that you will learn:

  • Communication that enables the voice of the individual
  • The range of potential safeguarding risk factors
  • Child, adolescent and adult development and their needs
  • The roles duties, responsibilities, boundaries and ethical natures

The skills that you will learn:

  • Communicate in way that enables the voice of the individual
  • Work with and supports other professionals to respond to safeguarding concerns
  • Identify influences on the individual and the family and supports them
  • Identify and manage evidence-based approaches and evaluate effectiveness
  • Model clarity of purpose, clear expectations and a professional approach to decision making
  • Apply knowledge of legal, economic and social justice systems
  • Share and agree goals and outcomes when building relationships

The behaviours that you will learn:

  • Care
  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Competence
  • Commitment

Mandatory qualifications include:

• Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare
• L2 in English and Maths

Costs:

Can be fully funded through the apprenticeship Levy or co financed by Government at 95% for companies who don’t pay the Levy.

Delivery method:

This is a mixture of face-to-face on-site training and virtual classroom, designed to meet your needs.

Career progression:

The role may be a gateway to further career opportunities, such as management or senior roles.

Entry requirements:

Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result.

Level: 5: STOO87 – 12-24 MONTHS (excluding EPA):

As a Children, Young People and Family Manager you will ensure direction, alignment and commitment within your own practice, your team(s), your organisation and across partnerships to help children, young people and families aspire to do their best and achieve sustainable change.

You will build teams, manage resources, and lead new approaches to working practices that deliver improved outcomes and put the child, young person or family at the centre of practice.

You may work either as a Manager in Children’s Residential Care or as a Children, Young People and Families Manager in the Community in a range of settings in local authorities, within health organisations, educational and early years settings or children’s centres, as well as a wide range of private voluntary and community organisations. You could be solely responsible for the management of a team or service or be part of a management team. To deliver effectively on a wide range of
outcomes you will work on a multi-agency basis with professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, as well as team leaders and managers from your own organisation.

You will be supported throughout your apprenticeship by your coach to meet the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours needed to be entered for EPA and pass the apprenticeship…

The knowledge that you will learn:

  • Current research and development in health and social care
  • Values and ethics and the principles and practices
  • The principles and practice of supervision with their staff
  • Quality assurance of health and social care in line with regulations

The skills that you will learn:

  • Develop and deliver good quality supervision practice and decision making
  • Set clear, measurable objectives
  • Manage and deploy total resource to maximise outcomes
  • Evaluate practice of team members
  • Assess learning styles of self and team members and identify opportunities
  • Build an ethos of learning and continuous improvement across partners
  • Mobilise collective action across service boundaries and within the community to manage resources

The behaviours that you will learn:

  • Care
  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Communication
  • Commitment

Mandatory qualifications include:

• L5 Diploma in Leadership and Management in Residential Childcare
• L2 in English and Maths

Costs:

Can be fully funded through the apprenticeship Levy or co financed by Government at 95% for companies who don’t pay the Levy.

Delivery method:

This is a mixture of face-to-face on-site training and virtual classroom, designed to meet your needs.

Career progression:

The role may be a gateway to further career opportunities, senior departmental roles.

Entry requirements:

Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result.

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Occupation summary

This occupation is found in informal settings such as youth clubs, activity-based projects and social action projects; or more formal settings such as schools, Early Help or youth offending and in local authority, charity, private or voluntary organisations. Youth support workers may work in more specialist settings such as schools, alternative education provisions, hospitals, youth justice environments or within the social care system. In all cases, safeguarding young people, following health and safety and equal opportunities policies will be central. Youth support workers deliver youth support work in local and area projects. Youth Support workers may be responsible for management of volunteers and assistant youth support workers. They may also be responsible for young people working as volunteers and peer educators. This would be dependent on the scope of the employing organisation and what it offers.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to work in a supporting role with young people aged 11-25 (predominantly in the age range of 11-19) to promote their personal, social and educational development. Youth support work provides a holistically supportive, positive professional relationship with young people, ensuring the relationship is routed in young people’s own journey and led by them. It creates opportunities for young people to develop their voice and views and creates opportunities to learn about themselves and society using informal education methods within the context of the professional relationship. Youth support workers lead work with young people, under the supervision of a degree qualified youth worker (or suitably aligned professional where this is not possible). An example of this might be working on a youth voice project, increasing the active participation of young people in the development or delivery of a service.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a wide range of organisations working with young people such as schools, justice organisations and community organisations. They may work with a range of professionals including youth workers, teachers, social workers, police, youth offending officers, local government officials and health professionals. As a youth support worker they may be working inside in specific environments like youth centres, hospitals, community based projects or schools, youth support workers often work unsociable hours, including evenings and weekends and sometimes outside in all weathers undertaking detached or outreach work.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for planning and delivering youth support work in local and area projects. Youth support workers may work on national projects (such as youth parliament) alongside professional youth workers. Youth support workers will be responsible for the planning and delivery of programmes and projects of youth support work with young people, and leading sessions. They may be responsible for management of sessional staff, volunteers and assistant youth support workers. They may also be responsible for young people working as volunteers, trainees or peer educators. This would depend on the nature of the employing organisation and what it offers. They will be supported to develop in this role by a qualified youth worker (or aligned professional) through management and supervision.

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