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Professional Pathways e-tool

The online tool to help foster carers and residential child carers plan their learning and development

Professional Pathways is a unique and innovative online tool for anyone working in foster care or residential child care. It provides information on the most common and accessible learning and development, qualifications and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for foster care and residential child care.

The information provided aims to support you to meet the needs of the children and young people within your care. It has been developed in collaboration with practitioners and managers to continue to develop the skills of all individuals within the workforce.

Two Professional Pathways have been developed to date: one for foster carers, the other for people who work in a residential children's setting. Additional Professional Pathways, to include information on other parts of the children's workforce, may be developed in the future. 

Each Professional Pathway has three distinct areas of information:

1.  Professional Pathways e-tool and information is where you can find out about learning and development opportunities, induction, about any role specific and wider CPD opportunities, and information on other sectors or professions.

Each Professional Pathways e-tool has some supporting information on the learning and development requirements for foster care or residential child care.

2.  The Help and Guidance pages contain information on how and why to use the Professional Pathways e-tool. It will also provide information on where to look for courses or qualifications and some information on the background and history.

3. The General Information area provides or signposts you to information that you may find useful in supporting you in your role as a foster carer or within a residential children's home. Information includes: how and where to look for a job, regulation and legislation, statistics and links to some useful resources or websites.

You may use the site map at any time to move around the website.

I am new to Professional Pathways

  • Find out why the Professional Pathways e-tool has been developed.
  • Read the Help and Guidance information.

Professional Pathways e-tool: foster care

Professional Pathways e-tool: residential child care

What it will do...

You can use the information in Professional Pathways either on your own or with your manager. You may wish to use the information as a basis to:

  • Help you identify relevant or alternative qualifications, courses or CPD opportunities.
  • Help you develop a CPD plan.
  • Discuss possible future career progression options with your manager.
  • Find out more about the laws and regulations that affect your profession.

By providing you with, or signposting you to information, Professional Pathways will help empower practitioners and managers to:

  • Work collaboratively when looking for and discussing potential qualifications or CPD.
  • Make informed decisions about CPD and learning and development opportunities.
  • Improve outcomes for children and young people by developing your skills, knowledge and abilities required to work with children or young people.

What it won't do...

The aim of the Professional Pathways e-tool is not to duplicate general information and guidance available elsewhere.  It aims to provide or signpost you to a wide variety of support and information to meet your individual needs. CWDC does not endorse particular organisations or the information, qualifications or training they offer.

The Professional Pathways e-tool helps you find the information you need as quickly and easily as possible. You will need to check the suitability of the information for meeting your individual training needs.

Page updated: 6 April 2011

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