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Colleges, training providers and employers can now use an e-portfolio in their delivery of SVQs in Health and Social Care, as leading awarding body EDI launches a new qualification in Scotland.    Available through a web-based electronic portfolio, the SVQs in Health and Social Care provides users with an efficient…
Care providers play a crucial role in up-skilling their workforce and in turn raising basic literacy and numeracy standards. Matthew Rowland, senior product manager of ThirdForce, explains the importance of literacy and numeracy training provision in the care sector. Across the UK there are over 26 million people aged 16…
NISCC is responsible for regulating standards of social work and post-qualifying social work education and training in Northern Ireland . These functions transferred to NISCC from the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (CCETSW) in October 2001. Until NISCC Quality Assurance standards are finalised, course providers and…
Occupational Standards describe best practice and are used to set standards in service delivery and qualifications. This section contains information about how occupational standards are applied in social work and social care to maintain high quality social care services. Click on a title below to find out more.   Foster…
Continuing Professional Development for Social Work As with all professions, qualified social workers must develop their skills and qualifications throughout their career to keep their practice current. It is a requirement of professional registration with the NISCC that all registrants complete 90 hours/15 days of training and learning within each…
The Scottish Practice Learning Project (SPLP) is currently leading work on the development of a major new set of qualifications for those working in social services and related professions who are supporting learning in the workplace. These will be called the Practice Learning Qualifications (Social Services) or PLQ(SS). The framework…
Tuesday, 29 Aug, 2006

Greater London Post Qualifying

The Greater London Post Qualifying Consortium is the reference point for all qualified social workers in the Greater London area who wish to obtain UK-wide formal recognition for their continuing professional development through the post qualifying framework. Over 1400 social workers are registered with GLPQ and are working towards improving…
In the first of two articles, Neil Ballantyne and Keith Quinn (writing in a personal capacity), reflect on the case for informal learning in the workplace; and the role that newly emerging, participatory, web-based services might play in supporting it. More than ever before, staff in social services are being…
Bert Lawrie of Voluntary Service Aberdeen reports on a successful in-house HNC in Social Care. Voluntary Service Aberdeen is Scotland’s largest city-based charity employing over 700 staff in a variety of different settings. 200 of our staff work within residential childcare settings at Richmondhill House and Linn Moor School. At…
Events over the last few weeks have highlighted unacceptably poor levels of care provided in some residential services by those trusted to care and support vulnerable people. High calibre, skilled care workers are a must, not an optional extra. As Margo MacDonald MSP pointed out ("Margo Wants Care Qualifications", Evening…
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