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Play - Children's Workforce Qualifications and Training Guide

Since September 2014, Ofsted-registered out-of-school clubs and holiday play schemes have no longer been required to employ staff with childcare or playwork qualifications. Coupled with swingeing cuts to local authority play services, there are now fewer qualifications...

Fostering - Children's Workforce Qualifications and Training Guide

In the UK in 2018, 67,426 children were living with around 53,700 foster families.

Directors - Children's Workforce Qualifications and Training Guide

The government is launching a national leadership programme in 2020 to support talented leaders to become directors of children's services (DCSs) and help DCSs who are new to the role or want support as they move roles. DCS turnover was relatively low in 2018/19...

Commissioning - Children's Workforce Qualifications and Training Guide

Commissioning is an increasingly key role within children's services, requiring a wide range of skills, including understanding of the children's services sector, project management, research and analytical skills, communication skills, admin, procurement and contracting....

Early help - Children's Workforce Qualifications and Training Guide

Funding for the Troubled Families programme, which aims to tackle the needs of a whole family, addressing problems such as domestic abuse and debt, is due to end in March 2020. In an Association of Directors of Children's Services survey, 88 per cent of authorities...

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