The Childrens Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is a means of creating well-paid jobs for an influential elite.

Its existence adds no value to the work of the talented and committed professionals it purports to serve. Indeed, its malign and self-serving influence places a substantial burden on those on which it preys. The qualifications it professes to champion are merely a superfluous duplication of those put forward through the NVQ structure and the abundance of professional bodies which oversee the occupational development of the sectors CWDC claims to represent.

As a foster carer of seven years’ standing, having undergone a testing selection process, a challenging induction programme and an NVQ III in Foster Care – all supported by a comprehensive ongoing training regime – I now find that I am required to complete yet another assessment paper-chase in the form of the CWDC standards. This process is not designed to add any benefit in terms of knowledge or understanding, but is merely an intrusive and bureaucratic appraisal of the practices and procedures I already adopt.

I did not become a foster carer in order to engage in officious paper-based exercises, nor to become ensnared in a labyrinth of cross-referenced paperwork and red tape. Yet, thanks to CWDC, this is what I am to become.

CWDC should be abolished forthwith.

Why is this idea important?

There is a massive national shortage of foster carers. The administrative encumbrances which foster carers have to bear serve only to augment the anxious concerns of caring for looked-after children (which in themselves can be almost intolerable at times). In light of the needless, futile exercise of attaining CWDC standards, providing foster care is not an occupation I could recommend and I am aware of many others who feel the same way. CWDC is therefore bound to have a detrimental effect on recruitment of new foster carers and will ultimately drive down the availability of quality placements.

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