COMING SOON – Qualifications in children’s residential care for 2015

children's residential careHABC is working on two new qualifications, due for launch in early 2015, which will become legal requirements for those working or looking to work in the children’s residential care sector.

The HABC Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Residential Care (England) (QCF) and the HABC Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare (England) (QCF) form part of the government’s reform of children’s residential care.

The reforms aim to improve the care provided to vulnerable children and young people in residential care by guiding and assessing the development of knowledge and skills to confirm competence. The existing pathways are to be strengthened by becoming standalone qualifications at each level, whilst all people working in a care role or management role will be required by law to achieve the qualifications within a specified amount of time.

Both the Level 3 and the Level 5 are standalone qualifications, and are being developed with input and support from the Department for Education (DfE) and Skills for Care and Development (SfCD).

Further information on both qualifications will be available in January 2015.

If you are a HABC Approved Centre, please contact your account manager for more details. If you are not already a HABC Approved Centre but would be interested in offering these qualifications through HABC, please call us on 0845 226 0350 or email

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