Children’s workforce council launched

The Children’s Workforce Development Council has been
launched to help reform the children’s workforce.

The workforce is currently fractured among many areas with
different qualifications, rules, roles and ways of working.

The Council will work with staff in early years, educational
welfare, Connexions, foster care and social care, and assess
whether qualifications in these areas meet national occupational
standards.

Liz Morrey, council development director said there would be
more need for children’s staff to work collaboratively as
multi-agency teams become more prevalent. This will lead to the
development of core skills common to all children’s workers,
greater recognition by employers of different qualifications and
more joint training.

The council will be part of the new sector skills council for
care and development along with the training body Topss England and
the care councils for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, children’s minister Margaret Hodge said last
month that the Department for Education and Skills would publish
competences for children’s workers early this year.

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