Training guidance in children’s homes tightened

    The Commission for Social Care Inspection has revised guidance
    on qualification standards for managers and care staff in
    children’s homes.

    The guidance, co-produced by Topss England, will let services
    and inspectors assess whether workers’ training and qualifications
    meet those set by the national minimum standards for children’s
    homes.

    Roger Morgan, children’s rights director based at the CSCI, said
    it would improve outcomes for children and young people. “Children
    have told me through our consultations that staff training is vital
    to their quality of care,” he said.

    Meanwhile, it has been revealed that the number of pre-school
    and child care workers in Scotland increased by 1,400 to 28,150 in
    2004.

    The figures, from the Scottish executive, show the number of
    qualified staff rose by 7 per cent to 74 per cent. They also show
    that local authority child care staff are the highest paid and
    longest serving employees.

     

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