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Who we work with

Our work impacts directly on the 2.6 million people who work with children, young people and families in this country, as well as five million people who work with children and young people as volunteers.

These are all the people we work with

Early years provision, including:

  • Playgroups
  • Children’s centres
  • Day nurseries
  • Nursery schools
  • Nursery classes in primary schools
  • Registered childminders and nannies.

Social work and social care:

  • Portage workers (education support workers who visit families of pre-school children in their homes)
  • Foster carers (including private foster carers)
  • Children and families social workers
  • Registered managers of children’s homes, plus deputy and assistant managers
  • All residential childcare workers
  • Family centre and day centre workers
  • Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) family court advisers
  • Support workers.

Young people's workforce:

  • Learning mentors
  • Education welfare officers
  • Behaviour and education support teams
  • Education psychologists and therapists
  • Connexions personal advisers.

Children's trusts:

  • Lead inspectors of registered children’s services.


  • Anyone who works with children and young people in the voluntary sector, including volunteers.

Although we don’t work directly with these people:

  • Teachers
  • Police officers
  • Health service professionals

... we do influence the way they work.

Page updated: 3 June 2010

The children and young people's workforce

We have a diagram showing the core and wider children and young people's workforce sectors.

Have a look at the diagram

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