Partnership working

Across the Sector

We work with  a wide range of organisations across the CLD sector, including CLD Managers Scotland, Youth Link Scotland, SCDC, SCDN, the CLD Professional Learning  Networks, CDAS, Youth Scotland, Learning Link, Education Scotland, LGBT Youth Scotland and BEMIS.

Higher and Further Education

We work with HE and FE to provide approval of learning programmes ranging from PDA in Youth Work to Postgraduate Diplomas.  View the full range of approved programmes.  Our work with HE and FE resulted in the production of the Guidelines for Practice Placement.


We have a lead role in the UK wide Joint Education Training Standards (JETS) committees.  The JETS  meets to share good practice, to develop commonality of approach, and to take joint action on any issues and concerns.  The primary responsibilities of the Education Training Standards committees are to validate and endorse courses leading to qualification in professional and pre-professional youth work (and for CLD in Scotland) in their respective jurisdictions. This workforce development function, alongside a broader commitment to continuous professional development (CPD) for all staff, is at the heart of the profession’s obligation to ensure that youth workers (and for CLD in Scotland) are fit to practice.

We have worked with partners across the UK to update relevant National Occupational Standards, SVQs and academic Benchmark Statements.


We work  with the International Association for Community Development to develop  standards for community development.

Partnership agreement with COSLA

The CLD Standards Council and COSLA signed a partnership agreement in May 2019.

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Partnership Agreement with the General Teaching Council for Scotland

This is a ground-breaking partnership agreement between the CLD Standards Council and the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). This agreement recognises and reaffirms the role of CLD Standards Council Registered Professionals, GTCS Registered Teachers and the unique but complementary work of both professional associations and will help us to grow and tend relevant professional networks and learning opportunities. Download the Partnership Agreement

Education Scotland

The CLD Standards Council is hosted by Education Scotland. A framework agreement was put in place in April 2016. The framework agreement sets out the strategic goals, roles and responsibilities of both organisations whilst accounting for operational requirements. Download the Framework Agreement