CLDSC Member Bulletin – 13 October 2021

CLDSC Professional Approval Standards Suite Launch

Student CLD Practitioners – Thinking about starting to search for your Professional Practice Placement opportunity?  Scratching your head at where to start? 

Practice Placement Supervisors or potential Supervisors – Ever wondered why it would be beneficial to become a Practice Placement Supervisor but unsure of what it involves?  Keen to support the Student CLD Practitioner but sometimes unsure of what to focus on?

Look no further!  We can help! 

CLDSC have worked with the CLD Sector to consider what would help support the Professional Practice Placement experience and The Approval Committee of the CLDSC are delighted to be able to share the Professional Approval Standards Suite of material with our members.  The Launch of the Professional Approval Suite of material document provides information to the background and the creation of these materials and includes links to those available.  

The documents were created by Members of CLDSC with experience in the CLD Sector who participated in working groups.  The documents provide information on the process and set out the roles and responsibilities and give an opportunity to help the student to develop the required skills, knowledge and competences to be considered as a fully Competent CLD Practitioner.  

The Suite has 2 main strands: 

Professional Approval Standards documents (mostly relevant to Universities but will allow everyone to see the process and Standards to be met to obtain Professional Approval from CLDSC):

Practice Placement Standards documents
The aim of the CLD Professional Practice Placement Standards documents are to clarify roles and responsibilities for all involved in the placement process and promote consistently high quality CLD practice.  As CLD Professional Practice Placements require a strong partnership between Student CLD Practitioners, the field of CLD practice and educational providers, it was felt to be important to recognise that the Student CLD Practitioners are instrumental in getting the very best from their own CLD Professional Practice Placement experience.  A professional CLD Practitioner must take responsibility for ensuring they gain the opportunity and exposure to enhance their own skills.  The templates will help Student CLD Practitioners to focus, and sharing with their Educational Provider and their Practice Placement Supervisor whenever they meet will aide discussions.

It should be noted that the University may also provide you with documents as there are certain procedural things that they need you to do.  CLDSC offer huge thanks to the Educational Providers involved in creating this material and for sharing their existing processes.  Huge thanks must also go to the Working Groups for their time, commitment, discussions, debates and patience.  

Practice Placement Supervisors Needed!

Please discuss with your employer if you are keen to explore the role of Practice Placement Supervisor in more detail – it really is a great professional learning opportunity.  If your employer would like to be included in a database of Practice Placement Providers, please ask them to complete this template document for placement opportunities.

Joint Education Training Standards (JETS)

As a new academic year kicks off we thought we would pop in a reminder of the Mutual Recognition Agreement that is in place relating to CLD Approved Professional qualifications.

Mutual Recognition across the UK and Ireland 
Professional (higher education) qualifications are recognised across the UK and Ireland as long as the programme of study has been professionally validated/approved by the NYA (England)ETS Wales or the Joint ETS for Northern Ireland and Ireland and CLD Standards Council Scotland. This mutual recognition agreement was arranged by the Joint Education Training Standards Committee (JETS). 

JETS is a co-operative scheme of the UK & Ireland Joint ETS administered by its members:  ETS (England), ETS (Wales), the North-South ETS (All Ireland), and CLD Standards Council Scotland. The primary responsibility of JETS is to validate and endorse courses leading to professional qualification in 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 CLD workers are fit to practice. JETS meets to share good practice, to develop commonality of approach, and to take joint action on any issues and concerns.  The next meeting of JETS is on 21 October 2021 and we will keep you posted on the discussions. 

Next Member Virtual Meet Up

Our next Member Meet-up will take place on 26 October, 1pm – 2pm.

The focus of the Meet-up will be on gathering feedback for the Scottish Government consultation on the Education Reform plans to replace the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and reform Education Scotland (ES).  

This will inform our response to the consultation on behalf of the membership and the sector.  Register for the Meet-up on Eventbrite to have your views noted. 

COP26 and Learning for Sustainability Professional Learning

The University of Edinburgh, British Council and Learning for Sustainability Scotland have developed two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) linked to COP26 and Learning for Sustainability (LfS).

These professional learning courses are free and provide a great opportunity to access professional learning in relation to LfS and to engage with COP26. Last time one of the MOOCs ran there were over 13,000 participants from 170 countries.

The details are below:

YouthLink Scotland – Scottish Youth Climate Summit

What are your climate action priorities? Join the Scottish Youth Climate Summit on 30 October 2021, 9.30am – 5pm to connect with young people (11-26), learn from experts and create Scotland’s Youth Climate Declaration in advance of COP26.

You can also visit the Education Scotland Countdown to COP webpage for other Learning for sustainability resources.