Ruth (Level 5, Year 2)
I am a Family Support Practitioner working in an ever-changing landscape of family support. I always wondered why we face so many changes and challenges and are always asked to work to specific criteria.
I chose Collaborative Working with Children, Young People and Families because I wanted to underpin my knowledge and to understand the reasons behind the policies. I also wanted to challenge myself to see if I was able to study at university level.
Learning so much about how the system works and why it works as it does has been a real highlight for me. But, also, this course has given me the confidence to challenge existing practice, within Children Services. For example, my favourite moment in placement so far was when I have challenged my colleagues and managers on decisions. (My course placements have included children’s social care and my current employment as a Family Support Practitioner.)
The course’s FDL delivery fits in with my family and work life. I work at my own pace to fit around my children and enjoy meeting up with the course group once a month. If the course was not FDL, I would not have been able to do it.
My goal after this course is to do the Integrated Working with Children and Families BA (Hons) top-up degree to give me more knowledge and understanding and develop my skills even further.
If I could sum up this course in one word, it would be ‘Fantastic!’