PDA Managing Effective Practice with Girls and Young Women SCQF level 8

PDA Managing Effective Practice with Girls and Young Women SCQF level 8

Professional Development Awards (PDAs) extend or broaden professional or vocational skills and are linked to National Occupational Standards. The PDA in Managing Effective Practice with Girls and Young Women at SCQF level 8 covers areas such as developing, managing, and supporting practice in relation to trauma, risk, and the needs of vulnerable girls and young women. It also covers gender-informed risk management and vicarious trauma in relation to vulnerable girls and young women.

The award would enable learners to critically analyse behaviours, risks, and needs that are specific to vulnerable girls and young women and to further advance their understanding of the role of gender in the manifestation of issues pertinent to girls and young women.

This qualification is available through colleges, training providers, and some employers. It has been designed to be delivered as a taught course and will normally be available as a combination of workshops and self-directed study.



Why deliver this qualification

The PDA has been developed in partnership with employers and industry so it is suitable for the current sector.

The award will give professionals who work directly and indirectly with high risk and vulnerable girls and young women the knowledge and skills to improve their current practice. The award will provide a qualification that has not been previously available in Scotland and is required by frontline practitioners and workforce planners.

It will help employers meet skills gaps and provide continuing professional development for staff, while learners will gain the knowledge and skills needed for progression in the workplace.

The unit-based structure aids timetable flexibility. Units are typically 40 hours of learning and they can be delivered on a full-time or part-time basis.

Who does this qualification suit

The qualification is suitable for a range of professionals across Health and Social Care who work either directly or indirectly with girls and young women, and for others who may be involved in life changing decisions, for example, children's panel members, police staff, and teachers.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners would benefit from having attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by one or more of the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience:

  • Experience of direct or indirect work with girls and young women.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Established reflective practice skills and the ability to self-analyse personal values and attitudes.
  • SCQF level 6 or above with relevant experience in a social services setting.
  • SVQ level 3 in Health and Social Care, Education, or a qualification relevant to their setting.
  • Successful completion of the SCQF level 7 PDA in Promoting Effective Practice with Girls and Young Women.


There are no formal articulation agreements attached to this award 


Centres interested in offering this qualification require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide. The specific delivery requirements are set out in the group award specification (arrangements document).

How to assess

Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit.

It is recommended that the units are delivered sequentially and that the unit titled Understanding Risks and Needs of Vulnerable Girls and Young Women is fully achieved before progressing onto the unit Application of Methods to Support Vulnerable Girls and Young Women. Learners will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods including essays, case studies, reflective accounts, presentations, and group exercises.


Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

Group award code: GP2K 48


The PDA in Managing Effective Practice with Girls and Young Women at SCQF level 8 consists of 2 mandatory units.

Group Award Specification

  • Group Award Specification - GP2K 48  (338 KB)