‘Raise training to continental levels’

    England and Wales should bring the training of children’s home
    workers up to continental levels, peers have been told.

    Lord Listowel said residential care staff elsewhere in Europe
    had university qualifications.

    During a debate on looked-after children in the House of Lords
    Lord Listowel said the government had failed to reach its target of
    ensuring 80 per cent of residential child care workers had attained
    an NVQ level 3 qualification by January 2005.

    Social care training body Topss has estimated that only 50 per
    cent of staff have reached the required standard.

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