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Glossary of terms and abbreviations

Acronyms and abbreviations are a fact of life in this sector...

To help you navigate this tricky landscape of long organisation names and TLAs (three letter acronyms) we have collected together a few of the terms you may have come across in relation to the children's workforce and listed what they stand for.

AA

Advanced Apprenticeships

ADeCS

Association of Directors of Children's Services

AMA

Advance Modern Apprenticeships (Wales)

ALI

Adult Learning Inspectorate

AOC

Association of Colleges

ASET

Accreditation Syndicate for Education and Training

BASW

British Association of Social Workers

BTEC

Business and Technology Education Council

CACHE

Council Awards in Children's Care and Education

CAF

Common Assessment Framework

CAFCASS

Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

CAMHS

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

CCLD

Children's Care Learning and Development

CCW

Care Council for Wales

C&G

City and Gulids

CMDS

Core Minimum Dataset

CoVE

Centre of Vocational Excellence

CRE

Commission for Racial Equality

CSA

Children's Services Adviser

CSR

Comprehensive Spending Review

CWDC

Children's Workforce Development Council

CWN

Children's Workforce Network

CWS

Children's Workforce Strategy

CYP

Children and young people

DCL

Director of Children & Learners

DCLG

Department for Communities & Local Government

DCS

Director of Children's Services

DCSF

Department for Children, Schools and Families (formerly part of DfES)

DfES (obsolete)

Department for Education and Skills (now DCSF and DIUS)

DH

Department of Health (NB no longer DoH - possibly because of the popularity of Homer Simpson!)

DIUS

Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

DTI

Department for Trade & Industry

EDI

Education Development International

EOlg

Employers Association for Local Government

ELWa

Education and Learning Wales

ERR

Employment Rights and Responsibilities

EWO

Education Welfare Officer

EWS

Education Welfare Service

EPFIG

Educational Psychologist Future Implementation Group

Estya

Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales

EY

Early Years

EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage

EYP

Early Years Professional

EYPS

Early Years Professional Status

EYSEFD

Early Years Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree

FA

Foundation Apprenticeships

FMA

Foundation Modern Apprenticeships (Wales)

GOAL

Global Online Assessment and Learning

GSCC

General Social Care Council

GTCE

General Teaching Council for England

HEFCE

Higher Education Funding Council for England

HEI

Higher Education Institution

IDeA

Improvement and Development Agency

IQF

Integrated Qualifications Framework

IS

Information Sharing

ITT

Initial Teacher Training

IW

Integrated Working

JCQ

Joint Council for Qualifications

LAWIG

Local Authority Workforce Intelligence Group

LCCIEB

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board

LDSS

Learning and Development Support Services

LFS

Labour Force Survey

LLUK

Lifelong Learning UK

LLSC

Local Learning and Skills Council

LMI

Labour Market Information

LP

Lead Professional

LRN

Learning Resource Network

LSC

Learning and Skills Council

LWS

Local Workforce Strategy

MAT

Multi-agency Team

NACP

National Association of Connexions Partnerships

NASWE

National Association of Social Workers in Education

NCB

National Children's Bureau

NCERCC

National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care

NCFE

National Council for Further Education

NCH

National Children's Home (The Children's Charity)

NCMA

National Childminding Association

NCS

National Contracting Service

NCVCCO

National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations

NDNA

National Day Nurseries Association

NGfL

National Grid for Learning

NISCC

Northern Ireland Social Care Council

NMDS-SC

National Minimum Data Set - Social Care

NMW

National Minimum Wage

NOCN

National Open College Network

NOS

National Occupational Standards

NVQ

National Vocation Qualification

NTP

National Training Partnership

OCW

One Children's Workforce

Ofsted

Office for Standards in Education

OSS

Occupational Summary Sheets

PA (e.g. Connexions PA)

Personal Adviser

PEST(LE)

Political, Economic, Social, Technological (Legal, Environmental)

PLA

Pre-school Learning Association

PLR

Practitioner-led Research

PSA

Public Service Agreement

PSA

Parenting Support Adviser

QAA

Quality Assurance Agency

QCA

Qualification and Curriculum Authority

QTS

Qualified Teacher Status

RRR

Recruitment, Retention, Rewards

SBS

Small Business Service

SCIE

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SfB

Skills for Business

SfC

Skills for Care

SfCD

Skills for Care and Development

SfH

Skills for Health

SLS

Sector Learning Strategy

SQA

Scottish Qualification Association

SSA

Sector Skills Agreement

SSC

Sector Skills Council

SSSC

Scottish Social Care Council

SSDA

Sector Skills Development Agency

SSP

Student Support Package

TAC

Team around the Child

TDA

Training and Development Agency for Schools

UCAS

University and Colleges Admission Service

VRQ

Vocationally Related Qualification

WDD

Workforce Development Division, DfES

WIG

Workforce Intelligence Group

Page updated: 11 November 2008

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