The Scottish Government has delayed the introduction of the requirement for residential child care staff to get a new qualification pending the outcome of the first phase of their Independent Care Review.
The new Scottish Credit and Qualifications (SCQF) level 9 qualification was due to become an SSSC registration requirement for managers, supervisors and new starts from this October (2017).
However the Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald MSP, has delayed this saying any recommendations relating to workforce development from the Independent Care Review need to be taken into account when implementing the new qualifications and introducing new registration requirements.
This means the original October 2017 introduction of the new qualification requirement for managers, supervisors and new starts is not possible. The first reports from the Discovery phase of the Independent Care Review are due in October.
Despite delaying the roll out of the new qualification based on the Standard for Residential Child Care, the Minister indicated that the Scottish Government remain committed to the Standard and emphasised the need for continuous learning and development by everyone working in residential child care.
We will not progress the approval of learning providers who may wish to deliver the residential child care (RCC) degree or professional development award (PDA) RCC. However, we will honour the qualifications achieved by individuals for registration with the SSSC in programmes which we approved before the care review announcement by the First Minister in October 2016.
We developed the Standard for Residential Child Care as a subject benchmark for the sector following the Scottish Government’s acceptance of the recommendations of the National Residential Child Care Initiative report in 2009.
The Scottish Government issued a letter to the RCC sector in March 2016 confirming the timescales for the implementation of the new registration requirements for the workforce to gain an SCQF level 9 qualification.
Those dates of October 2017 for managers, supervisors and new starts and October 2019 for workers will no longer apply.
Fiona Duncan is chair of the Independent Care Review. The review aims to identify and deliver lasting change in the care system and leave a legacy that will transform the life chances and wellbeing of children and young people in care.
We will keep the sector up to date with any developments relating to the Standard for Residential Child Care and the roll out of the new qualification and you can also read the latest from the social service sector here on SSSC News. In the meantime if you have any questions please contact Phillip Gillespie, Head of Learning and Development at firstname.lastname@example.org