Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Level 4

This apprenticeship is designed for those who will be working with children, young people and families, including carers, to achieve positive and sustainable change in their lives.

At NTG Training we are able to offer this course to caregivers based in Chester, Cheshire, and the North West.

Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Level 3

Who is the Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Level 4 For?

This apprenticeship is suitable for those working in a number of settings, including in a children’s home, in a residential special school or in a secure children’s home. Apprentices will be equipped with the skills needed to lead in developing and delivering the child’s placement plan, as well as the knowledge required to support their health, education and social day to day needs, so that they may thrive.

Practitioners who study this apprenticeship will be working with children, young people and families to achieve positive and sustainable change in their lives. Learners will need to have a passion for caring, and be skilled at recognising and assessing the complex needs of children, young people and families.

Responsibilities of these practitioners may include referring those under their care to interventions and referrals. Practitioners will also need to have a respectful curiosity when it comes to the challenges they will face working with these groups.

The values and behaviours expected of a Children, Young People and Family Worker:

Care: Respecting and valuing individuals to keep them safe, being affirming and working with them to help them make a positive difference to their lives

Compassion: Consideration and concern for children, young people and their families, combined with an understanding of the perspective of those you work with

Courage: Honesty and a positive belief in helping children, young people and families. Being confident when faced with confrontation, holding a safe space to manage and contain really difficult behaviours and working with children, young people and families to challenge and enable them to fulfil their potential Communication: Your work is based on building effective relationships, being perceptive and empathic and building good rapport

Competence: The relationships you build to effect change for children, young people and families will be informed by social care ethics and values and will be developed through reflective practice.

Commitment: Creating sustainable change in others by working alongside children, young people and families and being authentic, consistent, patient, persistent and resilient


Key Facts

Course cost: £6,000

Employer contribution: 5% (£300) 


Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare

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We can offer this apprenticeship in Chester, Cheshire and the North West.

NTG is a registered training provider based in Saltney, Chester. Our tutors are able to travel across the North West and we offer remote learning opportunities. 

Course Duration

This is a 20-month apprenticeship program.

This includes 18-months of apprenticeship study and 2 months of end point assessment. The programme is delivered during normal working hours and training can be flexible to meet the needs of your organisation. We use a blend of online, webinar and practical sessions, and the apprentice will receive regular 1-1 sessions and support from their tutor.

Entry Requirements

Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking their end-point assessment.

What Qualifications Will Be Achieved?

  • Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare

Topics of Study for This Apprenticeship Include:

Funding Options

This qualification is government funded and falls under the Apprenticeship Levy Scheme. For non-levy paying organisations, it requires a 5% employer contribution.

Total cost of training is £6,000. The employer is required to fund 5% of this equating to £300.

When taking on an apprentice for this course your business will be eligible to receive an incentive payment of up to £4000. This will be discussed during the initial engagement to determine eligibility.


  • Understand that communication that enables the voice of the child, young person or family members to be heard.
  • Study the multiple factors that contribute to uncertainty in the lives of children, young people and families
  • Understand equality, rights, diversity and cultural differences, and the values of the organisation in which you are working.
  • Promote respect through communication in regards to equality, diversity and positive relationships with the wider community.
  • Safeguarding

  • Understand the range of potential safeguarding risk factors (e.g. domestic violence, membership of gangs, missing children, online activity, radicalisation and Prevent agenda), the different forms of harm to children and vulnerable adults (e.g. neglect, child sexual exploitation, physical abuse, emotional abuse) and the local and national thresholds for safeguarding.
  • Study the safeguarding requirements contained within mandatory local safeguarding training or nationally accredited equivalent
  • Learn to work together with children, young people and families to keep them safe and manage risk and promoting the development of skills the family need to successfully manage risk themselves
  • Learn to work with and support other professionals to respond to safeguarding concerns
  • Knowledge of Development and Children's Needs

  • Study child, adolescent and adult development
  • Understand the spectrum of needs and how they may be met
  • Master the principles of effective assessment and the importance of analysis and professional judgement
  • Identify the influences on the individual and the family and supports them to make informed choices
  • Lead on the development and recording of holistic plans, delivery of interventions and evaluates their effectiveness
  • Identify and addresses barriers to accessing resources.
  • Wellbeing

  • Model for monitoring changes in a child, young person or family member’s wellbeing
  • Study a range of evidence based interventions and their strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify and manage evidence-based approaches and evaluates their effectiveness
  • Contribute to the development of a resilient, consistent and persistent approach to practice
  • Decision Making, Ethics & Guidelines

  • Study the duties, responsibilities, boundaries and ethical nature of the role
  • Understand theories and guidelines underpinning sound practice
  • Study models clarity of purpose, clear expectations and a professional approach to decision making
  • Appropriately challenge and/or offers alternative perspectives with the children, young person or family
  • Contribute to own professional development
  • Laws, Policies and Frameworks

  • Understand systems and policy frameworks for work with children, young people and families. e.g. education, health, care, employment, criminal justice, special educational needs and disabilities, first aid, safeguarding
  • Apply knowledge of legal, economic and social justice systems and implements policy frameworks in support of positive outcomes for children, young people and families
  • Professional Judgement

  • Understand the role of professional judgement and analysis in complex situations
  • Learn the importance of considering ethics and values, challenging self and the systems in use
  • Demonstrate critical evaluation of practice and insight into own emotions, behaviour and feelings, and uses these insights to challenge own practice
  • Take an active part in continuous professional development
  • Setting Goals

  • Study techniques for establishing shared goals and outcomes when building relationships with others
  • Share and agree goals and outcomes when building relationships with partner organisations, other workers, children, young people and families, to ensure appropriate and timely support
  • Additionally, when studying for the Practitioner in Children's Residential Care pathway, learners will study:

    • The legislation and compliance requirements for residential care
    • The aspirations for a child in residential care
    • Group living and group dynamics
    • Legislation and the Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs and Disability
    • Assuming the role of professional parent
    • Contributing to creating and reviewing placement plans based on individual need
    • Supporting traumatised children and young people to live together and make progress
    • The ethos of the home and how to create and promote it
    • Team dynamics and collaborative approach in residential environment
    • Developing and promoting the ethos of the home
    • Collaborative team working and the ability to support and appropriately challenge each other

    Remote Learning Available

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    Funding an Apprenticeship

    Paying for apprenticeship learning is more affordable than you think. With government support funding up to 95% of the fees and incentive payments.

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