Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for foster carers

The NVQ award is now called the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Warwickshire’s Foster Care QCF Assessment Centre offers approved foster carers, other authorities and private fostering agencies the opportunity to gain a QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) diploma.

Foster care training and development guide April 2014 – March 2015 Introduction (DOCX, 2.63 MB)

Learners

We will give you full induction and the necessary resources to help you complete your qualification. A mentor will be assigned to you and will work with you for as long as you need them. This mentor will be a past learner so understands everything that you will be going through. You will also have an assessor who will observe you in your workplace, usually your home, and help you plan your work units.

You will have support meetings with your mentor and assessor at least four times a year.

The QCF diploma is open to everyone and the centre will support you through your award and put in extra support where it is required to meet your specific needs.

Awards

Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce

This diploma is aimed at those people already working in the children and young people sector. For example as a foster carer.

Learners must gain a minimum of 65 credits to achieve the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce. Mandatory units account for 40 credits and the remaining credits are achieved from the optional suite of units. The optional units cover a wide range of work roles and specialisms across the children and young peoples workforce, and includes units that are specific to areas such as managing challenging behaviours, working with babies, or working with teenagers etc.

Evidence is gathered from your day-to-day work and put into a portfolio. You will need to devote about 4 hours per week for up to 18 months; you will also need to be able to attend support groups. These meetings prove helpful as they focus on topics to assist you in working towards your award.

This qualification offers a flexible and wide choice of optional units. The flexibility of the qualification structure builds on the induction framework and greatly assists achievability and relevance for the children and young peoples workforce. This qualification is designed for people who work with individuals to support and assist them with their physical or emotional care, daily living needs or maintaining their independence. The level 3 qualification is aimed at individuals who often work without direct supervision or on their own.

The assessments recognise the realities of work-based assessment, especially accessibility, the availability of assessors and the issue of intrusion and confidentiality.

The Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce is appropriate for everyone in the children’s workforce which includes fosters carers, care workers, child minders, early years practitioners, nursery nurses, youth and community workers etc.

Assessor and Quality Assurance Awards

If you are interested in undertaking either an assessor or quality assurance award please contact the centre.

Learners entering the children and young people’s workforce may be legally required to undergo criminal records checks prior to taking up employment/work placement. As a centre, we will ensure that any requirements for the particular area of work are fully met.

 

Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for foster carers was last updated on April 4, 2014.