Children, young people and families

Welcome to the Foundation Degree Working with Children, Young People and Families, Work Based Learning website

A warm welcome to the Sheffield Hallam University Foundation Degree Working with Children, Young People and Families Work Based Learning website which has been designed to provide easily accessible information about all aspects of work based learning for both students and placement providers.

The Foundation Degree Working with Children Young People and Families is designed to provide the foundation for a range of careers working with children, young people and families. A key feature of the course is its Work-based Learning modules which enable students to gain valuable experience in a wide range of settings. The course is built on a sound understanding of professional and academic requirements and placements are highly valued in that they provide students with the opportunity to observe and learn from skilled professionals and develop their values, skills, knowledge, competence as future practitioners.

Year one modules are designed to introduce students to some of the key skills and Knowledge required by practitioners working with children, young people and families, for example, safeguarding, assessment and communication and are specifically designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and values to support their first work based learning experience and to enable them to identify links between academic learning and practice. Work Based Learning One placements occur in semester two of year one.

Year two modules are specifically designed to continue to build on the knowledge, skills and experience gained in year one and include the Work Based Learning Two placement which occurs in semester one of year two.

The Foundation Degree is designed to ensure that graduates are able to operate as critically reflective and evidence-based practitioners able to respond to a rapidly changing context and who are equipped with the knowledge, skills and competence which are required to meet professional standards of practice and which support ongoing academic and career development.

Covid-19 - Public Health England and Sheffield Hallam University advice

Follow this link to Public Health England and Sheffield Hallam University advice (DOCX, 35.5KB) in word format, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs); this information is also available in PDF format here (PDF, 177KB). This information complements communications shared directly with students via course BlackBoard sites.

If you have symptoms of covid-19 (link to external website), or suspect that you may have covid-19, YOU MUST NOT ATTEND YOUR PLACEMENT.

If you attend your placement while you have symptoms of covid-19 you will put service users/ clients/ patients and staff at risk of covid-19 infection.

Visit the NHS website for information about when and how to self-isolate (link to external website).

Updated guidance from Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) - October 2020

DHSC has updated its List of essential workers and those prioritised for testing (England only). This list makes it explicit that health and social care students on placement should be regarded as essential workers and be given the same priority access to Covid tests as other health and social care workers.

Contacting the Working with Children, Young People and Families Team

If you need to contact a member of the Working with Children, Young People and Families Team, you can find email and telephone contact details here.

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