SVQ Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) level 4

SVQ  Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) level 4

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) at level 4 is based on standards developed collaboratively by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), TOPSS (England), Skills for Care, Care Council for Wales, the Northern Ireland Care Council and Skills for Health. In Scotland, the SSSC represents a wide variety of stakeholders working in a broad range of occupations and job roles within the health and social care sectors.

The SVQ is assessed in the workplace. Examples of the settings or centres in which the SVQ is likely to be delivered include: the NHS, private healthcare providers, care settings for children and young people, and training centres.

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards. SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that National Occupational Standards (NOS) are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The Level 4 SVQ in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 9 is a re-accredited qualification.

Upon successful completion, learners will gain an international recognised qualification which guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully. 

As assessment is normally carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work and allows candidates to generate evidence based on the actual work they are carrying out.

Candidates can progress from the Level 4 SVQ in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 9 to other appropriate awards. Candidates may transfer across to the adult sector by undertaking some additional units in SVQ Social Services and Healthcare.The progression route for each candidate will depend on their job role and level of responsibility.

The SVQ can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time

The achievement of other qualifications such as HNC Early Years and HNC Social Care, as well as Childcare qualifications at SCQF level 8 can contribute towards gaining underpinning knowledge for this award.

Who does this qualification suit

It is a requirement by the SSSC that everyone employed in this capacity should have achieved or be working towards achievement of this qualification

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • people who work, or who are aspiring to work, at management level in the children and young people care sector.
  • people who are employed in the childcare sector in a senior and/or management role

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Candidates should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow then to gather the required evidence.

Progression

There are links between the SVQ in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) at level 4 and the SVQ Leadership and Management level 4. In addition, the SVQ at level 4 may be used for entry to an appropriate higher education qualification.

  • Candidates can progress from the Level 4 SVQ in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 9 to other appropriate awards. Candidates may transfer across to the adult sector by undertaking some additional units in SVQ Social Services and Healthcare.The progression route for each candidate will depend on their job role and level of responsibility.

Approval

Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.

How to assess

Assessment arrangements will be agreed between the candidate and their assessor. Evidence Requirements for this SVQ consist of a combination of written and/or oral reports and practical assignments and projects which are linked to the candidate’s job role.

The assessment strategy contains full details for those involved in the assessment. Evidence Requirements for Units are contained in the Unit descriptors.

For general information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document Guidance on how to assess SVQs. For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the Assessment Strategy.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Assessment Guidance

Candidate Recording Forms

Internal Assessment Reports

Qualification Structure

Group Award Code: GH5X 24

The Level 4 SVQ Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 9 consists of 4 mandatory Units and 4 optional Units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure (82 KB).

Information Sheets

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

Unit(s) and delivery tools

Group Award code: G7LT 24

Structure

To achieve this SVQ, candidates must complete the four mandatory Units and four optional Units.

Mandatory Units

DK95 04 (HSC41) Use and develop methods and systems to communicate, record and report (206 KB)

  • Identify methods and systems to promote effective communication and engagement with individuals and key people
  • Develop and use communication methods and systems to promote effective communication
  • Evaluate communication methods and systems
  • Maintain and share records and reports

DK5L 04 (HSC42) Contribute to the development and maintenance of healthy and safe practices in the working environment (117 KB)

  • Contribute to monitoring compliance with health, safety and security regulations and requirements
  • Contribute to the development of systems to manage risk to self, staff and others
  • Contribute to the development of health, safety and security policies, procedures and practices

DK92 04 (HSC43) Take responsibility for the continuing professional development of self and others (100 KB)

  • Take responsibility for own personal and professional development
  • Contribute to the personal and professional development of others

DK68 04 (HSC44) Develop practice which promotes the involvement, well-being and protection of children and young people (150 KB)

  • Develop and support practice that values and respects children and young people’s rights and responsibilities
  • Develop and support practice that enables children and young people to express their views and preferences
  • Promote the protection of children and young people from harm and abuse

Optional Units
Candidates must complete FOUR Optional Units from the specific and/or generic list.

Optional Units - Specific

DK81 04 (HSC46) Independently represent and advocate with, and on behalf of, children and young people (184 KB)

  • Work with the children and young people to identify how and by whom they wish to be represented
  • Work with children and young people to represent their needs and wishes
  • Help children and young people understand the procedures and outcomes from the representation
  • Support children and young people to evaluate their experiences of the advocacy support and the systems they have encountered

DK7T 04 (HSC47) Help parents and carers to acquire and use skills to protect and take care of children and young people (128 KB)

  • Identify with parents and carers, the skills they require to protect and take care of their children and young people
  • Help parents and carers develop, use and evaluate their interactions, behaviour and parenting skills
  • Observe and evaluate parents and carers inter-acting with children and young people

F36C 04 (LMC A1) Manage and develop yourself and your workforce within care services (231 KB)

  • Manage and develop self in management and leadership roles
  • Manage and develop workers through supervision and performance reviews
  • Lead and manage continuous improvement in the provision
  • Enhance the quality and safety of the provision through workforce development

F36R 04 (LMC B8) Lead and manage provision of care services that promotes positive behaviour (192 KB)

  • Implement and monitor behaviour policies, systems, procedures and practices
  • Promote positive behaviour
  • Support workers to promote positive behaviour

Optional Units - Generic

DK9N 04 (HSC413) Manage requests for health, social or other care services (150 KB)

  • Promote the health and care services offered by your organisation
  • Evaluate your organisation’s ability and willingness to provide health and care services for individuals
  • Process successful requests for health and care services

DK32 04 (HSC414) Assess individual needs and preferences (141 KB)

  • Work with individuals to assess their needs and preferences
  • Support staff, individuals and key people to identify changes in the care needs of individuals
  • Revise assessments to meet the changing needs and preferences

DK3W 04 (HSC415) Produce, evaluate and amend service delivery plans to meet individual needs and preferences (148 KB)

  • Develop service delivery plans
  • Monitor service delivery plans
  • Evaluate and make adjustments to service delivery plans

DK6E 04 (HSC416) Develop, implement and review care or support plans with individuals (152 KB)

  • Develop care plans to meet individual needs and preferences
  • Implement care plans
  • Review and revise care plans to meet changing needs, preferences and circumstances

DK34 04 (HSC417) Assess individuals’ mental health and related needs (239 KB)

  • Determine the appropriateness and priority of referrals
  • Agree the nature and purpose of assessments with individuals
  • Assess the nature and extent of individuals’ mental health and related needs in accordance with relevant legislation
  • Agree courses of action with individuals following assessment

DK9F 04 (HSC418) Work with individuals with mental health needs to negotiate and agree plans for addressing those needs (150 KB)

  • Obtain information about individuals’ mental health needs
  • Identify and review the preferred options of individuals for addressing their mental health needs
  • Review needs, risks and options taking into account legal and other requirements
  • Agree a course of action to meet individual’s mental health needs

DK4P 04 (HSC419) Provide advice and information to those who enquire about mental health needs and related services (110 KB)

  • Determine individual’s requirements for advice and information about mental health needs and related services
  • Provide advice and information about mental health needs and related services

DK47 04 (HSC420) Promote leisure opportunities and activities for individuals

  • Raise awareness of the value of leisure opportunities and activities for individuals
  • Negotiate and agree leisure opportunities and activities for individuals

DK43 04 (HSC421) Promote employment, training and education opportunities for individuals (106 KB)

  • Raise awareness of the value of employment, training and education for individuals
  • Negotiate employment, training and education opportunities for individuals

DK45 04 (HSC422) Promote housing opportunities for individuals (104 KB)

  • Raise awareness of the housing needs of individuals
  • Negotiate and agree housing for individuals

DK3A 04 (HSC423) Assist individuals at formal hearings (138 KB)

  • Support individuals to understand the format and proceedings of the formal hearing
  • Work with individuals to identify and understand papers, documents and likely outcomes from the hearing
  • Assist individuals to present their case at the hearing
  • Support individuals to evaluate and understand the outcomes and assess the implications of the outcomes on themselves and others

DK5D 04 (HSC424) Supervise methadone consumption (117 KB)

  • Establish and maintain contact with methadone prescribers and individuals
  • Dispense methadone prescriptions for individuals
  • Supervise methadone consumption by individuals

DK8R 04 (HSC425) Support people who are providing homes for individuals and/or children and young people (138 KB)

  • Provide information and support for those providing homes for individuals and/or children and young people
  • Support those who are providing homes for individuals and/or children and young people
  • Review the care being provided for individuals and/or children and young people

DK6H 04 (HSC426) Empower families, carers and others to support individuals (131 KB)

  • Promote the contribution of families, carers and others to supporting individuals
  • Work with families, carers and others to achieve positive goals for individuals
  • Enable families, carers and others to review the effectiveness of the support they provide

DK36 04 (HSC427) Assess the needs of carers and families (122 KB)

  • Identify the needs, vulnerabilities and circumstances of carers and families
  • Evaluate and review the needs, vulnerabilities and circumstances of carers and families
  • Make and present assessments of the needs, vulnerabilities and circumstances of carers and families

DK6G 04 (HSC428) Develop, implement and review programmes of support for carers and families (130 KB)

  • Obtain information about the needs of carers and families
  • Develop programmes of support for carers and families
  • Implement programmes of support for carers and families
  • Review the effectiveness of support programmes with carers and families

DK9E 04 (HSC429) Work with groups to promote individual growth, development and independence (116 KB)

  • Identify opportunities to form and support groups
  • Use group programmes, processes and dynamics to promote individual growth, development and independence, and to foster interpersonal skills
  • Help groups to achieve planned outcomes for their members and to evaluate the appropriateness of their work
  • Disengage from groups appropriately

DK8Y 04 (HSC430) Support the protection of individuals, key people and others (134 KB)

  • Support individuals to identify and take action to deal with situations, events and behaviour that may result in danger, harm and abuse
  • Support individuals to evaluate and provide feedback on actions to manage the risk of danger, harm and abuse
  • Monitor and evaluate systems to protect individuals

DK8K 04 (HSC431) Support individuals where abuse has been disclosed (131 KB)

  • Support individuals who disclose abuse
  • Support individuals who have been abused

DK6K 04 (HSC432) Enable families to address issues with individuals’ behaviour (124 KB)

  • Negotiate and agree with families how they may help individuals address their behaviour
  • Support families as they help individuals address their behaviour
  • Enable families to review the effectiveness of addressing individuals’ behaviour

DK67 04 (HSC433) Develop joint working agreements and practices and review their effectiveness (132 KB)

  • Establish requirements for joint working
  • Agree and review joint working agreements and practices
  • Identify and work within the boundaries, roles and responsibilities of joint working agreements and practices

DK9H 04 (HSC434) Maintain and manage records and reports (116 KB)

  • Maintain records and reports
  • Provide evidence for judgements and decisions
  • Implement legal and policy framework and protocols for access to records and reports
  • Share information with individuals, families, groups and communities

F36X 04 (LMC E3) Monitor and manage the quality of the provision of care services (172 KB)

  • Implement systems, procedures and practice to meet quality standards
  • Develop a culture for promoting quality in which everyone participates
  • Implement, monitor and review quality systems, procedures and practices

DK4J 04 (HSC437) Promote your organisation and its services to stakeholders (118 KB)

  • Plan to promote your organisation and its services
  • Communicate key messages to stakeholders
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of promotional activities

DK64 04 (HSC438) Develop and disseminate information and advice about health and social well-being (150 KB)

  • Plan the production of information and advice materials
  • Design and produce information and advice materials
  • Disseminate information and advice materials
  • Evaluate the production and dissemination of information and advice materials

DK5N 04 (HSC439) Contribute to the development of organisational policy and practice (94 KB)

  • Contribute to identifying potential for organisational development
  • Present information and ideas to contribute to organisational development

DK6R 04 (HSC440) Ensure compliance with legal regulatory, ethical and social requirements (84 KB)

  • Establish your organisation’s legal, regulatory, social and ethical responsibilities
  • Ensure compliance with legal, regulatory, social and ethical responsibilities

DK8A 04 (HSC441) Invite tender and award contracts (113 KB)

  • Invite and evaluate tenders
  • Negotiate and award contracts for the provision of services

DK9R 04 (HSC442) Monitor and evaluate the quality, outcomes and cost-effectiveness of health, social or other care services (114 KB)

  • Manage the performance of providers of substance misuse services
  • Evaluate and improve the quality, outcomes and cost-effectiveness of services

DK3T 04 (HSC443) Procure services for individuals (121 KB)

  • Specify services to meet the needs of individual service users
  • Negotiate and agree contracts for specific services
  • Monitor and evaluate the quality of services provided

DK5Y 04 (LMC A3) Actively engage in the safe selection and recruitment of workers and their retention in care services (158 KB)

  • Review the requirements for the safe selection and recruitment of workers, and their retention
  • Actively engage in the safe selection and recruitment of workers
  • Implement systems, procedures and practice to support retention

DK56 04 (HSC445) Recruit and place volunteers (136 KB)

  • Specify volunteer roles and the knowledge, skills and experience required
  • Assess with volunteers their suitability for volunteer roles
  • Place volunteers
  • Enter into volunteering agreements with volunteers

DK9K 04 (HSC446) Manage a dispersed workforce to meet the needs and preferences of individuals at home (144 KB)

  • Manage the work of staff in an individual’s home
  • Supervise and support staff to ensure that health and care services are meeting individual needs and preferences
  • Respond to day-to-day changes and emergencies

FX0T 04 (DA2) Exchange Information and Present at Courts and Formal Hearings (112 KB)

  • Exchange information at courts and formal hearings
  • Present reports at courts and formal hearings

B7YH 04 (HSC448) Provide and obtain information at courts and formal hearings (94 KB)

  • Provide and obtain written information at courts and formal hearings
  • Make oral contributions to courts and formal hearings

D8P3 04 (HSC449) Represent one’s own agency at other agencies’ meetings (98 KB)

  • Obtain information from other agencies’ meetings
  • Make contributions to other agencies’ meetings

DK6A 04 (HSC450) Develop risk management plans to support individuals’ independence and daily living within their home (134 KB)

  • Prepare to carry out risk assessments
  • Carry out risk assessments
  • Develop, agree and regularly review risk management plans for individuals

DK8F 04 (HSC451) Lead teams to support a quality provision (151 KB)

  • Establish effective working relationships with team members
  • Establish and support team members to carry out their work activities, roles and responsibilities
  • Assess and provide feedback on individual and team performance

Unit DK9P 04 (HSC 435) has been removed from the qualification structure. All candidates currently undertaking this Unit must complete and be resulted on the SQA system by 30 November 2012. No new candidates should be registered for this Unit.

For further information on this qualification, please contact: Care Scotland 0141 242 2344

Technical Apprenticeships

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the Level 4 Social Services (Children and Young People) Technical Apprenticeship.

Those undertaking Technical Apprenticeships need to have career skills certificated rather than core skills. Technical apprentices must achieve career skills at a minimum of 15 credits at SCQF Level 7, or above, as well as the SVQ. The career skills need to be separately certificated and cannot be used if they form part of the SVQ studied by the candidate. This is considered double counting. The technical framework will identify eight units from which candidates can choose those most suitable for their learning/employment to fulfil the 15 credits requirement noted above.

Table 1 below list the Units candidates can select.

SSC/NOS Code Unit title SCQF level SCQF credit
CFAMLD9 Build and manage teams 7 8
CFABAA532 Manage budgets 7 5
CFAMLD6 Allocate and monitor the progress and quality of work in your area of responsibility 7 14
CFAMLA2 Manage your own resources and professional development 7 8
CFAMLD3 Recruit select and keep colleagues 9 12
CFAMLB11 Promote equality of opportunity. Diversity and inclusion in your area of work 8 10
CFAMLB6 Provide leadership in your area of responsibility 8 9
CFAMLC2 Encourage innovation in your area of responsibility 9 12

Apprentice providers will need approval from the relevant awarding body to deliver and certificate career skills separately.

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