Level 4 Children, Young People and Families Practitioner
About this course

In order to complete this course, you could be working in a number of settings including a children’s home, a residential special school or a secure children’s home. The children might be living on their own or in a larger group. You will take the lead in developing and delivering the child’s placement plan and will work with the child to support their health, education, social and day to day needs, playing a significant role in helping them to thrive and fulfil their potential. 

As a practitioner you will be working with children and young people andtheir  families to achieve positive and sustainable changes in their lives.

Ideal candidates will have a passion for caring for children and young people and will be skilled in recognising and assessing the complex needs that children, young people and families often present. Your approach will be one of respectful curiosity that challenges and supports children, young people and families to achieve their potential and to stay safe.


What will I learn?

During this course you will be exercising your judgement on a range of evidence-based approaches to inform your practice. You will regularly evaluate the effectiveness of your methods and actions, and will have regular supervision with an experienced practitioner to encourage reflection on your practice. 

All learners will complete the course with the knowledge and understanding of:

  • The legislation and compliance requirements for residential care
  • The aspirations for a child in residential care
  • Group living and group dynamics
  • Legislation and the Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs and Disability.
  • The ethos of the home and how to create and promote it
  • Team dynamics and collaborative approach in residential environments

All learners will complete the course with the following skills:

  • Assuming the role of the professional parent
  • Contributing to creating and reviewing placement plans based on individual need
  • Support traumatised children and young people to live together and make progress
  • Develop and promote the ethos of the home
  • Model collaborative team working and the ability to support and appropriately challenge each other
Entry requirements

Upon application, an initial assessment will need to be completed by the applicant to determine if this level of study is appropriate to them.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. 

In order to complete this qualification, apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship. Specific rules govern this and it must take place in the apprentice’s contracted hours. This will be explained to you in more detail upon application by your assessor.

Additional costs and information

This course takes 24 months to complete.

What could I do next?

Any queries about progression upon completion of this course can be discussed with the assessor.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.