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Work with Children and Families

  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 4 Award in Work with Parents (Intense Support for Families with Complex Needs) - 603/1878/8
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 4 Certificate in Child and Family Intervention - 603/4065/4
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 5 Award in Assessment and Multi-Agency Support for Families with Complex Needs - 603/7260/6

The Open College Network West Midlands Level 4 Award in Work with Parents (Intense Support for Families with Complex Needs) offers training to activities to those working with families with complex needs. The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and awareness of issues experienced by families with complex needs.

The award is aimed at people that work with whole families that have complex needs, however the award is also suitable for people who work in the field of early intervention and families.  Their roles are Family Support Practitioners, Family Support workers, Key Workers, DWP workers, YOT officers, Youth Workers, Children Centre Workers, managers  who supervise the above.

This qualification has been designed to enable learners to:
  • Gain knowledge of issues experienced by families with complex needs
  • Know how to support families with complex needs
  • Know how to complete assessments
  • Prepare support plans to work with families
  • Reduce and prevent anti-social behaviour
  • Know how to offer feedback to families with complex needs.

 

The Open College Network West Midlands Level 4 Certificate in Child and Family Intervention qualification offers knowledge of ways to work with children and families and the practical skills required to carry out child and family intervention.
 
The qualification is aimed at those already working with children and families or those intending to work in children and family intervention.

The minimum age for access to thIs qualification is 18 years.

 

The Open College Network West Midlands Level 5 Award in Assessment and Multi-Agency Support for Families with Complex Needs is aimed at managers or prospective managers in teams such as Family Support or Edge of Care who are responsible for staff working directly with families with complex needs. It is particularly beneficial for staff who work with or in multi- agency environments such as MASTs. This area of support is seeing an increase in complex and trauma-based work required and is an evolving area of work for many Local Authorities.
 
Learners who complete this Award will gain:
  • A sound theoretical knowledge of child and adult safeguarding.
  • An understanding of early trauma as a primary cause of poor outcomes, leading to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s).
  • An understanding of the legal procedures and wider partner agencies engaged in child and adult safeguarding.
  • Improved professional management of case work through an understanding of theoretical models/approaches to their work.
  • Awareness of the legal processes involved in children’s entry to, and return from, Care and improved preparation for court proceedings.
The minimum age to access this qualification is 18. Learners will need professional experience of providing support to families with complex needs in a multi-agency context.
 
This qualification provides a natural progression from the Open College Network West Midlands Level 4 Award in Work with Parents (Intense Support for Families with Complex Needs) for practitioners working in the field of intensive support or early intervention.

 

In order to deliver a qualification, centres must meet the requirements to deliver the qualification (which can be found in the Qualification Guide) and complete the Qualification Approval Form (QAF).

Follow the link below to the qualification guide where you will also find the units.
 

 


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