As a Children, Young People and Family Manager you will ensure direction, alignment and commitment within your own practice, your team(s), your organisation and across partnerships to help children, young people and families aspire to do their best and achieve sustainable change. You will build teams, manage resources and lead new approaches to working practices that deliver improved outcomes and put the child, young person or family at the centre of practice.
You may work either as a Manager in Children’s Residential Care or as a Children, Young People and Families Manager in the Community in a range of settings in local authorities, within health organisations, educational and early years settings or children’s centres, as well as a wide range of private voluntary and community organisations. You could be solely responsible for the management of a team or service, or be part of a management team. To deliver effectively on a wide range of outcomes you will work on a multi agency basis with professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, as well as team leaders and managers from your own organisation.
With a focus on excellence in practice and improved performance, you will encourage Children, Young People and Family Practitioners to gain the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that will enable them to actively support each child, young person, young adult and family to achieve their potential. You will inform and improve practice by acting on research and new developments into how the needs of children, young people and families are best met. You will model the behaviours that encourage reflective practice, professional confidence and humility. You will challenge and support practitioners and ensure their practice is safe.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
This qualification requires you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to work in a health and social care role.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
A Children, Young People and Families Manager must know and understand:
- Current research and development in the health and social care sector
- Theories underpinning the learning, development and motivation of individuals and teams
- The role of the team and the internal and external environment in which it operates
- Values and ethics and the principles and practices of diversity, equality, rights and inclusion
- Approaches to dignity and respect
- The principles and practice of supervision with their staff
- The theories and up-to-date research and best practice that underpin practice decision making
- The working practices surrounding legislation, national and local solutions for safeguarding and risk management of children, young people and families
- A healthy, safe and stimulating environment that fulfils health & safety legislation and requirements
- The safeguarding requirements contained within mandatory local safeguarding training or nationally accredited equivalent
- The principles and practice of statutory frameworks, standards, guidance and Codes of Practice
- The quality assurance of health and social care in line with OFSTED, CQC and other regulatory bodies
- Approaches to developing and implementing improvement, including use of data
- The theories of intervention that meet the needs of children, young people and adults within the family
- The practice and principles of resource management
- How to create engagement and innovation in the development of practice
- The commissioning cycle and its application
- Inter-agency and multi-agency work and its role in ensuring positive outcomes
- Techniques to influence, persuade and negotiate with others
- Principles of: reflective practice; how people learn; effective continuing professional development
- Academic research, evidence-based data, policy developments, practice developments
As part of the apprenticeship you will complete a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare or Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care.
WHERE DO I STUDY?
You will work towards the Level 5 Children, Young People and Families Manager qualification in the workplace.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
This qualification will typically take 24-30 months for new entrants. For those with relevant qualifications and experience in the health and social care field, 12 to 18 months.
WHAT DOES THE COURSE LEAD TO?
This apprenticeship provides an ideal entry into the occupation and supports progression within the sector. Apprentices, with support and opportunities in the workplace, can progress onto:
- Progression into Higher Level qualifications
- Progression into a managerial role within health and social care
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Suitable evidence can be observations completed by your assessor, testimony provided by your line manager or discussions with your Assessor supported by evidence.
(information derived from https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/children-young-people-families-manager/)