KCA qualifications given seal of approval.

Awarding body IQ (Industry Qualifications) have again approved KCA as a high-quality qualifications centre.

KCA's awards and certificates accredit professionals from the children's workforce specifically in relation to their understanding of the concepts of attachment, trauma and resilience and their skills in embedding these concepts into their daily working practices, which can make such a difference to the lives of vulnerable and traumatised children.

IQ's external verifier was impressed with KCA's 'highly motivated', 'organised' and 'proactive' team, the 'excellent' resources, the 'robust feedback' provided by the assessors and the 'comprehensive' policies and procedures.

She was particularly enthusiastic about the KCA Connected online system through which candidates access their learning and submit their work for assessment, which she described as 'One of the best I have seen and worked with, as it is so easy to use'.

KCA currently provide awards and certificates at level 4 (equivalent to first-year degree-level work), and will have Level 3 (equivalent to A levels) available early in the new year. Plans are also in place to add a level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) qualification later in 2017, which will provide an essential grounding for those preparing to work with children.

The knowledge and skills development delivered through these qualifications is applicable and transferable to a wide variety of professional contexts, including schools, healthcare, fostering, social work, youth work and early years.

KCA to develop Level 4 qualifications

Following a request from Southampton City Council, KCA are now developing a Level 4 qualification for people working with traumatised children and young people. Pilot testing for these flexible, practice-focused qualifications will be ready by September 2014.