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Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection

The Key Capabilities (KC) in Child Care and Protection are designed to allow students within social work degree programmes to map their specific learning in this area whilst achieving the more generic Standards in Social Work Education (SiSWE). The KCs further allow social work students to evidence their learning in child care and protection by their progress being assessed at the mid and end points of the programme.

The Key Capabilities document has four headings which together form the KCs in Child Care and Protection: effective communication, knowledge and understanding, professional confidence and competence, and values and ethical practice. Examples drawn from experienced university staff and practitioners from the field of child care and protection are presented to recommend how students might evidence their learning at different Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) levels.

The work was funded by the Scottish Executive and commissioned to the Scottish Institute for Excellence in Social Work Education. It was completed between 2004-2006 using a collaborative approach, with project staff working closely with academics and practitioners from across Scotland.

Scottish Executive