Workforce training target is missed

    Fifty-three per cent of residential child care workers are expected
    to achieve NVQ level three by March, well short of the government’s
    target.

    The Department of Health had expected four out of five residential
    child care workers to reach level 3 in caring for children and
    young people by January 2005.

    Training levels vary from region to region with 77 per cent of
    workers achieving the qualification in the North East and 36 per
    cent in inner London, according to the figures from the Commission
    for Social Care Inspection.

    Figures were low because councils with no residential provision
    submitted a zero figure which brought the average down, said David
    Leay, chair of the children’s services committee at social care
    training body Topss England.

    Only 29 per cent of residential child care workers had training to
    NVQ level three in 2001-2.

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