Partnership working


The CLD Standards Council works with a wide range of organisations across the CLD and education sectors, nationally and internationally.
We are members of a number of the organisations, some we have specific partnership or framework agreements with, and we engage and work with many others.

Organisations we have formal agreements with

COSLA View our COSLA partnership agreement

Education Scotland View the Framework Agreement with Education Scotland

General Teaching Council Scotland View the General Teaching Council partnership agreement

Joint Education and Training logo View the information on the CLDSC relationship with this UK wide JETS group

Organisations we have membership of –

National Ethnic Minorities led umbrella body supporting the development of the Ethnic Minorities Voluntary Sector in Scotland and the communities that this sector represents. Corporate membership is open to any organisation, voluntary, statutory, educational or corporate or any department within such an organisation, which wishes to develop a better understanding of the black and ethnic minority voluntary sector and communities and wishes promote equality and the value of diversity within its policies and service delivery.
CDAS Community Development Alliance Scotland
Community Development Alliance Scotland (CDAS)
CDAS members are partners in a national network of practitioners, lead officers and decision makers seeking to promote community development and influence policy.
Inclusion Scotland Disabled people's Organisation logo Affiliate Member
International Association for Community Development (IACD)
The IACD is the only global multi-disciplinary network for those who work in the field of community development.
Inclusion Scotland Disabled people's Organisation logo Affiliate Member
Inclusion Scotland
A network of disabled people, their organisations and supporters committed to removing the barriers that disabled people confront in their daily lives. CLDSC is an Associate member.
TAG logo Affiliate member
Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work (TAGPALYCW)
Working across and on behalf of our membership with agencies that have allied interests in youth and community work education, research and professional practice. CLDSC is an Affiliate member
Professional Association of Research Networks (PARN)
A not-for-profit membership organisation for professional bodies, offering expertise, experience and perspective on key issues in the sector through research, bespoke services, networking, events and training.
Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI)
SCDI is a unique coalition of interests which unites public, private and civil society under a single banner.
Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
The CLDSC is a memeber of the SCQF Quality Committee. The Quality Committee was established by the Board of the SCQF Partnership to make recommendations to it on all issues concerning the ongoing maintenance and quality assurance of the SCQF. In order to maintain the quality and integrity of the Framework a Quality Committee oversees all of the work related to the approval and monitoring of Credit Rating Bodies, all work linking the SCQF to European or International Frameworks and the development of principles, criteria and guidance for the process of credit rating.
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
Part of a community of 2000+ charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups, working together to achieve the ambitions of Scotland’s voluntary sector.

Close working relationships

There are numerous further organisations and groups involved in the Scottish CLD sector we work closely with including CLD Managers Scotland, Youth Link Scotland, SCDC, SCDN, the CLD Professional Learning Networks, Youth Scotland, Learning Link, LGBT Youth Scotland and BEMIS. We have members from most of these organisations on our Executive or functional committees helping us build a consistent and coherent approach across the sector.


As well as working with school education and CLD colleagues within Education Scotland the CLD Standards Council works 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 work with the College Development Network and the Open University on professional learning opportunities for practitioners,

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