Course Type: Part Time,Apprenticeship

Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Children and Young People's Social Care



This Level 3 apprenticeship has been designed in partnership with employers and the Sector Skills Council to widen the pool of potential recruits into the children and young peoples workforce sector.

As a practitioner, the apprentice will be working with children, young people and families, including carers, to achieve positive and sustainable change in their lives. They will demonstrate a passion to care for and about children, young people and families. They will be skilled in recognising and assessing the complex needs that children, young people and families often present.

The apprenticeship programme will ensure the approach will be one of respectful curiosity that challenges and supports children, young people and families to achieve their potential and stay safe.

At the end of the apprenticeship the high quality of practice will be make a real difference to the services that you provide.

Option 1: Practitioner in Children's Residential Care

You could be working in a number of settings e.g. a children’s home, a residential special school or a secure children’s home. The children might be living on their own or in a larger group. You will take the lead in developing and delivering the child's placement plan and will work with the child to support their health, education, social and day to day needs, playing a significant role in helping them to thrive and fulfil their potential .

Option 2: Children, Young People and Families Practitioner within the Community

The apprentice will understand the importance of and be skilled in,

  • early intervention and safeguarding work
  • managing risk across the spectrum needs for children, young people and families
  • working in settings as diverse as family homes, youth centres, early years, youth justice, children's centres, educational settings and the community.
  • playing a significant role in working across agencies to improve outcomes.
  • working with particular age groups, across the full age range or specifically with families.

Skills gained

  • Ability to communicate in way that enables the voice of the child, young person or family members to be heard
  • Encourages individuals to engage positively with their community and relevant agencies and actively participate in the way their care and support is delivered
  • Actively promotes respect, equality, diversity and inclusion

Knowledge and understanding of:

  •  The national systems of social welfare
  • Essential networks of agencies and community groups
  • Practice and principles of effective multi agency working skills
  • Builds networks with others and contributes to the development and evaluation of interventions
  • Challenges interagency non-performance
  • Negotiates and navigates the systems of social welfare to secure effective joint outcomes
  • Contemporary social issues that affect family life and the care of children and young people
  • Detailed understanding of working with a particular group e.g. U5, 5-11, 12+, young adult, parents, families, children with special educational needs and disabilities etc
  • Key ethical and professional aspects of role
  • Engages effectively with child, young person and/or family members
  • Supports children, young people or vulnerable adults to identify and take action to deal with safeguarding.

Entry requirements

Ideally your apprentice will have GCSE grades A-C to include English and mathematics. Apprentices who have the appropriate GCSE grades or key skills may be exempt from completing Functional skills.

All job roles require a DBS check; this will also apply to apprentices as well.

Key benefits

  • Staff trained to a nationally recognised Level 3 standard
  • Work based training  learning and assessment; the apprentice will understand how your business works from the ground up, organisational policies and procedures while gaining a new qualification.
  • Supports staff retention and organisational succession planning.
  • Complete guidance and support from a dedicated team of qualified assessors/tutors, who are industry specialists.
  • Increases knowledge, understanding and attitudes
  • skill application and is designed to grow develop/motivate your team.


The duration of the apprenticeship programme is approximately 18 months.