Headlines: April 13th, 2006

The Children’s Workforce Development Council has set out how it will seek to improve the lives of children and young people by providing training, qualifications and advice to people working with children. Measures include delivering a range of projects to assist the sector to become a world-class workforce and help it develop the skills and knowledge to deliver the best service for children, young people and families.The Council works in the interests of a range of sectors covering about 500,000 workers, including early years and childcare, education welfare and social care for children and young people. It is one of five bodies forming the UK Skills For Care and Development Sector Skills Council and coordinates the Children’s Workforce Network.

There will be an emphasis on professsionalisation of the workforce with the development of training and assessment for Early Years professional status. It is planned to introduce a range of standards and qualifications for the workforce including the Integrated Qualifications Framework, National Occupational Standards and the Common Induction Standards. The Council will also develop a post qualifying framework and a set of standards to support the recruitment and retention of foster carers.

Recruitment will be promoted by developing a workforce helpline that will provide advice and support to the sector about qualifications and career options and by providing high quality workforce intelligence including evidence about recruitment, retention and reward.

Link: http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/aboutcwdc/whatwedo.htm