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1 Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection

2 Agenda for today Your role in embedding Key Capabilities Sharing approaches Your questions and comments

3 Terminology Different parties have different definitions of child protection Key Capabilities refer to ‘child protection’ in the context of child care and meeting children’s needs, rather than the investigative interviewing process.

4 Context Four year Honours Degree in Social Work (generic) Two year Post-Graduate (generic)

5 Historic Overview Publication of Child Protection Audit “It’s everyone’s job to make sure I’m alright.” (2002 Scottish Executive) Inquiry Reports highlighted: - poor outcomes - lack of communication within and across agencies - poor analysis

6 Child Protection Development and Training Project Evaluative audit of teaching and learning in relation to Child Care and Protection Develop Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection Establish how these would be embedded.

7 Relevant Frameworks Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Standards in Social Work Education Scottish Social Services Council: Codes of Practice Children’s Charter and Framework for Standards

8 The Key Capabilities Effective Communication Knowledge and Understanding Professional Confidence and Competence Values and Ethical Practice

9 Purpose of Key Capabilities To ensure that all social workers at the point of qualifying: are aware of their roles and responsibilities in respect of children and young people. are able to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to child care and protection.

10 Incremental learning Skills of an emerging social work practitioner will change over the course of their training. The way skills are taught and assessed will be incremental. KC’s final level at point of qualifying is Level 10 SCQF/Year 4 BA honors equivalent.

11 Post-Graduate SCQF Levels Audit: Post-graduate programmes taught and assessed at different levels Post- graduate Key Capabilities have been aligned at Level 10 for academic work and practice competence

12 SCQF levels Level 9 SCQF “identify and analyse routine professional problems and issues” Level 10 SCQF “offer professional level insights, interpretations and solutions to problems and issues.”

13 Assessment Every student will be assessed in relation to child care and protection at key stages of their learning. At a minimum, students should be summatively assessed prior to their first practice learning opportunity and prior to completing the course. Students also need to evidence that they have met the placement requirements.

14 Practice Learning Underpinning Key Capabilities: Whatever practice learning opportunity a student is engaged in they must be able to evidence their knowledge and application of child care and protection, as it is relevant to their setting.

15 Practice Learning In addition, during one of their assessed practice learning opportunities, students should undertake an assessment of a child or of parenting capacity. The student may not necessarily be primary case holder rather they might be co-working within or across organisations.

16 Flexibility Key Capabilities are designed to allow flexibility in the way they are implemented. The document gives specific examples of how a Key Capability might look, however you will have other imaginative ways of how these might be met.

17 Outcome Every qualified social worker should emerge having undertaken an assessment of a child or parenting capacity.

18 Status Key Capabilities were ratified by Peter Peacock, then Minister for Education and Young People in June 2006.

19 Scottish Social Services Council The SSSC is the regulatory body which will have responsibility for regulating and monitoring qualifying social work programmes.

20 Your role in the process Practice learning opportunity or university? What do the requirements mean for you? Assessment

21 Practice Learning Opportunities: Ethical and Meaningful Outcomes for service user, student and organisation Creative links within and between teams

22 Competent and Confident Level 10 Page 35 Students should be confident in exercising their professional powers and responsibilities with reference to child care and protection. During their practice learning opportunity all students should have had the chance to present their assessment of a child,/young person or parent to an appropriate forum. (This may be formal or informal, some examples would be a children’s hearing, case conference, LAC review, team meeting, core group).

23 Sharing Practice

24 Case Examples How can they help embed this Key Capability? What might the challenges be and how can they be overcome? What do you want the outcomes to be for the service user? How might the student be assessed?

25 Professionally Competent and Confident This is a Key Capability which could be met both in a Practice Learning Opportunity and University. Level8 Students need to become increasingly responsible for managing their own learning…. Every students going on practice learning opportunities should have read that agency’s child protection procedures and be able to demonstrate that they are clear as to their responsibility( and its limits). Page 31

26 EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION This is identified as a Key Capability which can be met both in the Practice learning Opportunity and University Level 9 Students should be able to communicate directly with children, young people and parents/carers using skills to elicit and impart relevant information. For example, responding to enquiries, taking and acting on referrals, talking to children in families they are working with. This includes accurate recording of information (knowing what to include and what to leave out.) This involves use of appropriate IT systems. Any recording should differentiate between fact and opinion. (Page 11)

27 KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING This is identified as a Key Capability which can be met both in the Practice learning Opportunity and University Level 9 Students should develop their understanding of child care and protection in a changing context demonstrating how they have applied this to their practice. Students also need to demonstrate a critical understanding of how current social developments can influence policy and practice in relation to child care and protection…. (Page 23)

28 PROFESSIONALLY COMPETENT AND CONFIDENT This is identified as a Key Capability which could be met within both a practice learning opportunity and university: Level 10 Students should be able to demonstrate to practice teachers and HEI’s that they are clear about their professional role and responsibilities and when they need to share information with other professionals to protect a child. (Page 34)

29 VALUES AND ETHICAL PRACTICE This is identified as a Key Capability which can be met both in the Practice learning Opportunity and University: Level 10 Students need to demonstrate that they are aware of their own personal values in relation to child care and protection and if necessary can separate these from their practice to ensure they respond professionally. Students need to demonstrate that where there is a conflict between their personal and professional values, they can use supervision effectively to address this. (Page 44)

30 Frequently asked questions


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