New qualification designed for residential child care managers

    Managers in residential child care can now gain a nationally
    recognised City & Guilds management qualification tailored for
    the sector, writes David Craik.

    The level 4 managers in residential child care NVQ is based on
    the national occupational standards for managers in residential
    child care developed by Topss UK.

    Jennifer Bernard, consulting director of care, health and
    community at City & Guilds, said that the award had been
    launched because it was time to recognise the importance of
    management in this sector and how it tied in with care. “The task
    of managing and delivering a high quality children’s service is
    increasingly complex and demanding,” she said.

    “The need for strong leadership and management skills is
    essential. Instead of two awards, one for management and one for
    care, now there is only the one”.

    The award comprises 20 units of which six must be completed. It
    helps managers to acquire competencies in their specific field and
    allows them to register as student members of the Institute of
    Leadership and Management.

    They will become full members on completion of the award. “We
    want to look at styles of leadership,” said Bernard. “Open and
    participatory management is important in this sector.” Bernard
    expects take up of the award to pick up gradually, with new
    managers doing the training.

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