The aim of the qualification is to improve the quality of care provided to vulnerable children and young people in residential care by guiding and assessing the development of knowledge and skills to confirm occupational competence.

This qualification confirms competence in these areas and serves as the required qualification for registration and regulatory requirements in the sector where appropriate.

This qualification is suitable for those who work within the Residential Childcare sector as a manager or team leader. It provides Learners with an opportunity to demonstrate their occupational competence in a management role within children's homes.

It is recommended that Learners hold a Level 3 qualification in a related area.

A total of 65 credits are needed for this qualification to be achieved.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification however learners must be at least 19 years of age.

You complete fifteen mandatory units at level 5:

  • Understand children and young people‚Äôs development in residential childcare
  • Understand support for children and young people who are vulnerable and disadvantaged
  • Lead and manage a team within a residential childcare setting
  • Lead practice to support the safeguarding and protection of children and young people in residential childcare
  • Lead practice for communication and information management in residential childcare settings
  • Manage risk in residential childcare
  • Lead and manage group living in residential childcare
  • Lead a service that can support children or young people who have experienced harm or abuse
  • Lead practice to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people in residential childcare
  • Implement a positive relationship policy in residential childcare
  • Lead practice to support the well-being and resilience of children and young people in residential childcare
  • Lead practice in safe use of digital, internet and mobile technology with children and young people
  • Undertake professional development in residential childcare settings
  • Lead practice to promote the rights, diversity and equality of children and young people in residential childcare
  • Lead networks and multi-agency work to benefit children and young people in residential childcare

Learners will then need to choose optional units from their chosen pathway.