Comment on the role of personal advisors

Commenting on the role of personal advisors, Rachael Wardell, Chair of the ADCS Workforce Development Policy Committee, said:

“PAs play a crucial role in supporting care leavers to successfully navigate the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Although it is true that there aren’t any prescribed professional or occupational qualifications for this role, PAs do need a good understanding of human growth and development and of the range of issues that care leavers might expect to face as they enter the world of work, embark upon further study, set up home and learn to manage their finances. I would expect any agency staff fulfilling this role to receive training and support from the agency, in order to ensure they can offer the best support to the young people they are working with and for them to be supported appropriately in the organisations they are deployed in.

“We understand the Department for Education is reviewing the PA role and is interested in the possibility of developing an apprenticeship route of entry. ADCS would support the establishment of a level four apprenticeship qualification given the importance of this role in the lives of young people on the cusp of adulthood and the levels of risk inherent in the work these practitioners undertake. However, it is important that entry requirements do not exclude those who have experience of care themselves from applying.”


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