Benefits of a Professional Endorsement and Standards Framework

Value for the practice of community work and development

  • benchmarks community development as a profession in its own right requiring specific skills.
  • informs what is required to implement community development policy into practice
  • validates community development as an approach in its own right and places a value on community work as an occupation in its own right with community work as a process at its core.
  • establishes a process which is informed by community work principles

Value for Community workers

  • provides clear direction and guidance on standards of professional practice
  • informs community workers about courses that are validated
  • enables workers to make informed decisions on accessing courses.

Value for Employers of community workers

  • provides clear direction and guidance on standards of professional practice and courses that meet those standards
  • information is available on professional community work courses in order to help with recruitment and selection procedures

 

Value for Awarding Bodies

  • provides guidance in their awarding systems in relation specifically to community work education and training.
  • ensures that community work courses, process and content is informed by people involved in the area of community work
  • a endorsement forum could work in partnership with awarding bodies.