New pathway for family support workers

Staff working on the high profile government schemes to help families now have a qualification to work towards.

The Early Intervention and Family Support diplomas, at a range of differing levels, are to be launched by SFJ Awards following discussions with sector employers.

The qualifications have been developed in response to there being no externally validated or accredited qualification at a senior practitioner level that supports the multi-agency and multi-disciplinary approach these programmes require.

At the same time, those professionals working in the area had no way of demonstrating their knowledge, skills, practices and values so limiting their continuous professional development and career progression.

It is thought at least 300 family support workers will undertake the qualification in the first year alone.

To find out more about the qualification, call 0114 231 7379 or email