If you currently work in a residential child care setting this is the qualification needed, along with HNC: Social Services, to meet your Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) registration requirements.

  • Flexible learning (to be completed in 9-12 months)
  • This qualification is achieved through continual assessment
  • You must be employed or working in as a practitioner in a residential child care setting

Topics relevant to working with children and young people, including:

  • Child protection
  • Legislation
  • Health and safety
  • Communication
  • Values connected with residential child care
  • In addition, you will learn how to become a reflective practitioner

One of the following:

  • SVQ: Social Services at SCQF Level 6
  • Applicants with other SCQF Level 6 qualifications and experience of working in childcare will be considered on an individual basis


  • You will also require a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course
  • SVQ: Social Services SCQF Level 8
  • HNC: Additional Support Needs: Supporting the Individual SCQF Level 7
  • HND: Additional Support Needs: Managing the Services SCQF Level 8
  • HNC: Social Services SCQF Level 7
  • This SVQ is accepted for registration with the SSSC at practitioner level and will help career enhancement and progression
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise
  • PVG scheme membership (can be achieved through course)