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Views sought for children's workforce SSA

The Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) has launched an online survey to gather the views and feelings of the children's workforce about the Sector Skills Agreement (SSA).

The SSA aims to increase the quality of service by ensuring that the workforce is highly skilled and fit for purpose. CWDC says the SSA, a five-year strategy, will map out the current and future skills requirements of the workforce.

CWDC is part of Skills for Care and Development, the Sector Skills Council for social care across the UK.

CWDC is asking a variety of people from the children's workforce including childminders, nannies, nursery managers, CAFCASS workers, Education Welfare Officers, learning mentors and children's social workers to respond to their survey and give them a clear understanding of what skills they think the workforce needs.

Respondents to the survey will be asked what they think is needed now and in the future and what actions need to be put in place to ensure that these needs are met.

Jane Haywood, Chief Executive at CWDC comments: "This survey provides people with an opportunity to help us gain a picture of the needs of the children's workforce in terms of qualifications, training and support. The results will allow us to input the sector's own views into any future plans and strategies.

"Gathering data from the people whom the SSA will directly affect is a fundamental element of the five-year strategy and a way to ensure that sector's needs are actually met. CWDC are encouraging people to take part in the online survey and have their say, and we hope to have a large number of respondents."

CWDC says it will also be engaging with members of the children's workforce through a series of regional briefings being held in 2007 and a formal consultation phase has also been planned for later in the New Year.

To access the web-based survey, visit: http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/projects/sectorskillsagreement.htm. The survey will be available from 18 December 2006 to 9 February 2007.

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