Charities and voluntary and community groups
There are many charities and voluntary and community groups that work with and support children, young people and families. The work they do is very important and they don't do it for money.
We talk to these groups to find out what is important to them and make sure this is also included in our work. We write leaflets to give them information about working with children and the work we do. We also give them money so that they can train their workers and volunteers.
In England there are lots of children and young people and you are all different. You have different genders. You come from different ethnic groups and backgrounds. You have different religions. You have different interests, abilities and disabilities and so on.
We think that it is important that people from different backgrounds work with children, young people and families so that they understand how to work with all of you. We write true stories about the different types of people that work with children and young people. We hope this will encourage people who might not have thought about working with children to give it a go.
We ask people from lots of different backgrounds to look at our work and see if it is good enough and if we are doing the right things.
The first five years of a child's life is the most important time in their development. People who work with babies, toddlers and children under five need to have good qualifications and training so they can give them the very best care and support.
We want work with babies, toddlers and very young children to be valued as a really important job that is done by professionals.
When children and young people find it difficult to learn, educational psychologists work with them. They also work with their teachers and other people who support them, to find ways to help them to learn better.
We talk to all the people who employ educational psychologists. They tell us how many new educational psychologists are needed. We make sure that there are enough educational psychologists in England, and that the people who want to be educational psychologists can get the training they need to do the job.
Integrated Qualifications Framework
We want to make sure people are able to move easily between jobs. For example, if a youth worker wants to be a social worker we will make sure that they can build on the qualifications they already have, rather than having to go right back to the beginning to retrain.
We work with people who manage all the work with children and young people in each local area. We help workers to talk to each other and work together, so that you don't have to tell everyone your story over and over again and you get the services you need.
Keeping children safe
There are new laws to improve the safety of children. This means that, from October 2009, anyone who wants to work with children and young people will checked to make sure that they are safe to work with children and put on a register of suitable people. CWDC will be producing information to help workers and their bosses understand what the new laws mean and what they need to do next.
Newly qualified social worker project
We are working to make sure that new social workers receive the right amount of support in the first year in their first jobs. We will help them to continue to improve their skills, knowledge and abilities so that they work well with children, young people, their families and carers right from the beginning of their careers.
Qualifications and standards
We help make sure the right people, with the right knowledge and skills are in the right jobs. We also develop standards. Standards are a list of all the things that workers need to know, understand and be able to do in order to do their job well.
Standards are used:
So workers know when they are doing their job well, wha they can do to improve and when they need to learn new skills.
So bosses know when the people that work with children and young people are doing their job well
To help decide what needs to be taught in training courses and assessed through qualifications.
We ask children and young people what is most important to them about the people who work with them and make sure this is included when we write the standards.
Regional and local support
CWDC has staff who work in each area of the country. They speak to everyone involved with people who work with children and young people and offer them support and advice to help them to work better together.
Our team gathers together information and shares it with the government and others, to help them make the right decisions about what is needed to make those working with children and young people better at their jobs. We find out what is already going on, so we can build on the good work and change things that are not working.
Social care is all about helping children and young people to live their lives to the full, by working with them, their families and carers. We help people like foster carers, staff in children's homes and social workers to do their jobs as well as possible. We make sure that they know how to look after you, listen to you and the people who are important in your lives, and to protect you from harm.
We are taking a fresh look at what is needed to help people who work with young people aged between 13 and 19 to do their jobs better. We are talking to our partner organisations, the workers and young people to write a ten-year plan, which will make changes to help improve the service they give.
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