CLDSC Member Bulletin – 12 January 2022

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the first edition of CLD Standards Council Member Bulletin of 2022. We hope you had a peaceful festive season and are feeling refreshed and reinvigorated, ready to take on 2022!

Conference presentation and resources from Dr Karen Edge

The recording of the presentation delivered by Dr Karen Edge at the CLD Standards Council conference is now available on i-develop.

There is also a wealth of suggested follow on articles and reading resources from Karen for when you need to dip in and find some inspiration to recalibrate or take a break to tweak your plan. 

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Accredited Programmes for CLD Practitioners

It’s getting to that time of year when courses open up for applications and CLDSC is keen to use our newsletter to help promote recruitment by sharing information about what programmes are available on the Developmental Route (below degree level).  

So if you are providing an accredited programme(s) for CLD practitioners, such as HNC Working with Communities, SVQ Youth Work or  PDA Youth Work, even if it is not yet approved by CLDSC, send the details to

Or if you are looking to start a course in 2022 then watch this space!

Funded Open University CLD Micro-credential Courses

In response to the Adult Learning Strategy for Scotland 2021-2026, The Open University in Scotland is committed to helping the Community Learning and Development (CLD) workforce to gain new qualifications and become more digitally agile.  

Supported by the Scottish Government, a limited number of fully-funded places are available on the Open University online teaching micro-credentials courses for those working in the CLD sector.

Five courses are available: 

  • Accessibility and Inclusive Learning
  • Creating Courses for Adult Learners
  • Embedding Social, Race and Gender-related Equity
  • Evaluating and Improving Courses
  • Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum

Each micro-credential course lasts for 12 weeks with approximately 13 hours of study per week, and offers 15 credits as SCQF Level 11.  For more information and to apply, visit The Open University | Courses and Qualifications webpage.

Digital Content Accessibility Workshops

Lead Scotland are hosting a series of webinars on Zoom commencing Tuesday, 25th January 2022 about accessibility in digital content. These webinars are intended for people looking to improve their employability through enhancing their digital expertise. 

Each webinar covers a single topic. The topics are: 

  • Layout 
  • Text format 
  • Plain English 
  • Colour and contrast 
  • Mouse friendly navigation 
  • Keyboard friendly navigation 
  • Alt text 
  • Complex images 
  • Captions and transcripts 
  • Forms 

There is more information about the webinars and details of how to register on the Lead Scotland website

Preventing Homelessness Consultation

The Scottish Government is investing £53.5 million to support councils and partners to prioritise settled accommodation for all, through the implementation of rapid rehousing transition plans and the upscaling of Housing First for people facing the most significant challenges.

In September 2017, the First Minister set out a new commitment to eradicate rough sleeping, transform the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland and end homelessness. Ministers subsequently established the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group to make recommendations on how these changes could be achieved. Following a recommendation from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group to create new duties to prevent homelessness, the Prevention Review Group was established. The Preventing Homelessness in Scotland final report (PDF) was published in early 2021 and provides the framework for this consultation document.

Health and social care services, children’s services, police and other public bodies will have a legal duty to ‘ask and act’ to prevent homelessness under Scottish Government proposals. Public bodies would have a legal duty to identify anyone at risk of homelessness and either take action themselves or refer on to more appropriate help. This would represent the biggest change to Scotland’s homelessness legislation in almost a decade.

A consultation on the plans, run jointly with COSLA, will give people with experience of homelessness, alongside those from the housing sector, public bodies and others, the chance to share their views and help shape Scotland’s approach to preventing homelessness. The Preventing Homelessness consultation closes on 31 March 2022.