We were commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) to review the skills and training requirements of staff working in children's homes to inform work being led by the DfE and the sector to revise staff training and qualifications.
The project was carried out in partnership with TNS BMRB.
We carried out case studies of 20 children's homes to create a feel for the work of children's homes across England.
Our final report was published in January 2015. Key findings included:
- Although formal training and qualifications were thought to be important, experience and ‘learning on the job’ were believed to be key.
- Training is more likely to be valuable if it is rooted in the work of a particular home and young people being cared for.
- Individual homes should ideally develop a training strategy that includes all learning and development activities.
- Wherever possible, training should be interactive and delivered in person.