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Work with Parents Qualifications

People in the health, education, social care and the voluntary sectors work with parents.

Research shows that building upon and improving parenting capacity is the most effective way of improving outcomes for children and young people in the long term.

Positive parenting allows children and young people to be safe; it enables them to develop physical and emotional well-being; and lets them enjoy play and access educational opportunities which helps them fulfil their potential.  Practitioners can support parents and carers to grow, learn and develop in their role.

Work with parents requires an extensive knowledge and skills base to allow practitioners - and those that manage and supervise them - to be effective.  Work with parents is about being familiar with interventions that are known to make a difference and having the knowledge, confidence and competence to apply these strategies.  Working with parents requires a different knowledge and skills base to working with children and young people although skills for both overlap.  No-one working with children or young people would be expected to do so without gaining key qualifications that demonstrate knowledge, understanding and practice skills - the same is true for work with parents.

Managers and Vocational Qualifications

Managers play a key role in supporting and assisting practitioners in gaining vocational qualifications. Releasing employees to attend courses and supporting them to re-arrange work commitments is a key factor, but there are other ways in which managers can support candidates.

  • Encouragement.
  • Asking questions about the learning and how it is impacting on their practice.
  • Discussing how they can meet the course assessment criteria by using examples from their daily work.
  • Supervision.
  • Giving feedback on their growth in knowledge, expertise and reflective practice.
  • Providing a sounding board.

In order for candidates to gain their qualification, work-based evidence is gathered to demonstrate proficiency in key areas. City and Guilds put a high value on observed practical competency by line managers or supervisors as they are in the best position to observe and comment upon colleagues.  Observing or commenting upon a practitioner's working practice is a practical way in which they can gather evidence towards achieving an Award or Certificate.

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