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The criteria we set for qualifications for registration is that any award:

  • incorporates assessment against occupational standards or is based on the assessment of work-based competence
  • is designed to match a particular function or range of functions within social services, or meets registration criteria set by a nationally recognised regulatory body
  • is subject to a recognised and regulated form of external verification or assessment.

The key principles are that any award must:

  • integrate observed, assessed practice and learning
  • be recognised within a national qualifications framework
  • recognise the importance of underpinning knowledge and a value base that is consistent with the Code of Practice for Social Service Workers.