New apprenticeships Children, Young People and Families Practitioner (L4)

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About the role

As a Children, Young People and Families Practitioner you will be working with children, young people and families, including carers, to achieve positive and sustainable change in their lives.

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You will demonstrate a passion to care for and about children, young people and families. You will take the lead in developing and delivering the child's placement plan and will work with the child to support their health, education, social and day to day needs, playing a significant role in helping them to thrive and fulfil their potential. By supporting the confidence and skills of children, young people and families you will help them to overcome barriers and maximise their independence.

You could be working in a number of settings e.g. a children’s home, a residential special school or a secure children’s home or in settings as diverse as family homes, youth centres, early years, youth justice, children's centres, educational settings and the community.You may work with particular age groups, across the full age range or specifically with families.

The standard has two options:

  • Option 1: Practitioner in Children's Residential Care
  • Option 2: Children, Young People and Families Practitioner within the Community



We provide a clear learning programme to take apprentices from entry through to the gateway for end-point assessment.

You can use our on-programme offer regardless of whether you are using Pearson as your end-point assessment organisation or not.


There is a mandatory qualification specified. 

Option 1: Practitioner in Children's Residential Care

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England)

Option 2: Children, Young People and Families Practitioner within the Community.

  • No qualification on offer from Pearson.

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking their end-point assessment.

Entry requirement - undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result.

As both a vocational and academic awarding organisation, we can offer a wide range of English and maths qualifications in line with your standards’ requirements from Functional Skills through to GCSEs.

Learning resources

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English and maths resources
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End-point assessment

End-point assessment

As an ESFA-approved Assessment Organisation, we provide a full range of assessment services, resources and support from our experienced EPA team to equip you and your learners with the diverse requirements of the apprenticeship standards.

You can use Pearson as your end-point assessment organisation, regardless of whether you choose to use our on-programme offer or not.

There are two components that make up end-point assessment for Children, Young People and Families Practitioner:

  • Observation of practice 
  • Competence interview informed by portfolio

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In each of the components, there are two optional pathways. Each pathway consists of different themes both for the Observation of Practice and for the Competence Interview.

The pathways include:

Option 1: Practitioner in Children’s Educational Care

Option 2: Children, Young People and Families Practitioner within the Community

The apprentices will be required to complete all core themes and then select one of the optional pathways.

The pathway chosen must be the same for the Observation of Practice and for the Competence Interview.

Observation of Practice

The Observation of Practice involves the independent end-point assessor (IEA) observing the apprentice carrying out their routine work activities in their regular working environment. Its purpose is to assess the apprentice’s skills and behaviours related to specific areas of the apprenticeship standard.

The Observation of Practice will last for approximately 80-90 minutes.  It contributes 50% to the overall end-point assessment grade. It will consist of:

10 minute verbal briefing session by the apprentice to the independent end-point assessor (IEA) that includes submission of a written summary report of 2000 (+/- 10%) words, which provide an outline of the Observation of Practice to be carried out 
55-60 minute Observation of Practice; 
15-20 minute period of question and answers immediately following observation
This component is graded Fail/Pass/Distinction

Competence Interview informed by portfolio

The Competence Interview (supported by evidence portfolio) is a planned structured discussion between the apprentice and the IEA. Its purpose is to assess the apprentice’s level of competency linked to the relevant apprenticeship standard outcomes.

The Competency Interview will last for a maximum of 55-60 minutes and may be conducted face to face. It contributes 50% to the overall end-point assessment grade
Apprentice will submit the portfolio at least three weeks before the competence interview is due to be held. The end-point assessor will review the portfolio in advance of the end-point assessment.
This component is graded Fail/Pass/Distinction

Our range of EPA resources such as EPA specification, additional resources document and practice knowledge test are designed to enhance learners’ knowledge and/or hone essential skills required.

They are available to our customers who have signed up to Pearson EPA and include information on:

  • Structure
  • Grading
  • Gateway requirements
  • Assessment content
  • Evidence requirement for each component

We have designed a step-by-step guide, with signposts to our key supporting information, resources and services available at every stage of the process.

End-point assessment

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