Children, Young People and Families (Foundation)

Skilled Children, Young People and Families professionals are in demand across a range of health, education and social care settings. Graduates from this course can work in a wide variety of settings:

  • social service departments of local authorities in England and Wales
  • children's centres
  • family support and children's services
  • children and family court advisory and support service
  • charities such as the NSPCC and Barnados
  • schools and nurseries
  • Connexions
  • youth offending teams (YOTs)


This course enables graduates to develop a wide range of skills valued by many employers including 

  • written communication developed through writing essays
  • oral communication skills gained through reasoned debates during seminars and presentations
  • high level interpersonal skills which are constantly adapted whilst working with a wide range of professionals and children
  • ability to work as part of a team, through collaborative group work; research and analytical skills with the ability to judge and evaluate information
  • organisational and time management skills by prioritising tasks to ensure academic, social and work commitments are completed on time
  • negotiation, informally with peers and formally with staff
  • problem solving
  • creative thinking when keeping children and young people engaged with activities
  • IT skills

What can I do with my degree?

There are a wide variety of roles you could into with this qualification - here are just a few examples:

  • family support worker
  • family mediator
  • nursery manager
  • project worker-wide variety of settings,
  • children's family worker
  • family intervention project worker-youth offending team
  • higher level teaching assistant (HLTA)
  • learning mentor
  • Connexions personal adviser
  • play worker
  • play therapist
  • education welfare officer
  • Montessori teacher
  • youth and community worker
  • community development worker

Voluntary Opportunities

Have a look at our Volunteering pages for more information.

Further Study 

Further study is a great way to develop more advanced knowledge in specific computing areas. It is not always necessary, but check the course content and speak with an adviser if you are not sure.  A good way to measure whether a Master's degree will be useful is to check out job descriptions of roles you are interested in. If they consistently asked for higher level qualifications, then a Master's degree may be a good way to increase your job prospects. Check out our Postgraduate Study pages for more advice.

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Monday, November 2, 2015 - 10:31