Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare with Aston

This qualification is specifically designed for candidates working in residential care with children in a management role.

This qualification has been developed as the result of a review of the existing residential childcare qualifications and provision driven by the Secretary of State for Children and Families in light of the recent reports highlighting the shortfalls in residential childcare.

  • To achieve the City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare (England), learners must achieve a minimum of 65 credits overall. 57 credits must be achieved from (501-515).

  • Learners must also complete a minimum of 3 units from (317, 318, 516-521) to achieve a minimum of 8 credits.


the diploma contains a wide breadth of units;

Mandatory Units;

  • Understand children and young people’s development in residential childcare

  • Understand support for children and young people who are vulnerable and disadvantaged

  • Lead and manage a team within a residential childcare setting

  • Lead practice to support the safeguarding and protection of children and young people in residential childcare

  • Lead practice for communication and information management in residential childcare settings

  • Manage risk in residential childcare

  • Lead and manage group living in residential childcare

  • Lead a service that can support children or young people who have experienced harm or abuse

  • Lead practice to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people in residential childcare

  • Implement a Positive Relationship Policy in residential childcare

  • Lead practice to support the well-being and resilience of children and young people in residential childcare

  • Lead practice in safe use of digital, internet and mobile technology with children and young people

  • Undertake professional development in residential childcare settings

  • Lead practice to promote the rights, diversity and equality of children and young people in residential childcare

  • Lead networks and multi-agency work to benefit children and young people in residential childcare


Optional Unit Choices;

  • Lead a residential childcare service that can engage with the youth justice system

  • Lead practice to support young people leaving care

  • Understand the context of residential childcare for children and young people with complex disabilities or conditions

  • Principles for leading the transition of young people with complex disabilities or conditions to adult services

  • Support others to understand models of disability and their effects on working practice with children and young people

  • Undertake a research project within services for health and social care or children and young people


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