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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