The Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) has been announced by the government as part of the current reform of children’s residential care. A key driver for reform has been the sexual exploitation of children in care by organised groups in various localities, and the shortfalls in care which this has highlighted.
It is therefore hoped that this qualification will improve the quality of care provided to vulnerable children and young people in residential care, by guiding and assessing the development of carers' knowledge and skills and by confirming their competence.
No prior knowledge, understanding, skills or qualifications are required before learners can register for this qualification. Learners would, however, benefit from completing mandatory induction training or a probationary period before starting the course.
Learners should be working as a carer in a residential childcare setting for at least 16 hours per week in order to be able to gather evidence to support their qualification.
Learners will develop and demonstrate a range of technical and wider sector-related knowledge to underpin their competence in their job role.
You will produce a portfolio of evidence and will be allocated an assessor who will assess your competence in the workplace.
You can progress to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children's Services.
You can advance your career in roles such as team leader and support worker.