Social services (children and young people): level 9


The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in social services (children and young people) at SCQF level 9 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job related skills in their particular area of work.

This qualification has been designed in partnership with the Sector Skills Council, Skills for Care and Development to ensure relevance to the sector.

You can find out more about the social services (children and young people) award at:


Upon successful completion, learners will gain an international recognised qualification which guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully.

As assessment is normally carried out in the workplace this minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work and allows candidates to generate evidence based on the actual work they are carrying out.

Candidates can progress from the level 4 SVQ in social services (children and young people) at SCQF level 9 to other appropriate awards. Candidates may transfer across to the adult sector by undertaking some additional units in SVQ social services and healthcare. The progression route for each candidate will depend on their job role and level of responsibility.

The achievement of other qualifications such as HNC early years and HNC social care, as well as childcare qualifications at SCQF level 8 can contribute towards gaining underpinning knowledge for this award.

unit content

core/mandatory units

maintain effective communication systems and practice

  • model practice that promotes child centred communication systems
  • adapt your own communication in a range of situations
  • lead the implementation of effective communication systems
  • improve the effectiveness of communication systems
  • ensure effective practice in the use of records or reports for communication

lead practice for health and safety in the work setting

  • maintain compliance with health, safety and security requirements
  • work in partnership to manage risk to personal safety
  • work in partnership to develop health, safety and security policies, procedures and practices

take responsibility for the continuing professional development of yourself and others

  • take responsibility for your continuing professional development
  • contribute to the personal and professional development of others

lead practice that promotes the safeguarding of children and young people

  • maintain your own and others’ understanding of harm, abuse and safeguarding
  • lead practices that help to safeguard children and young people from harm or abuse
  • lead practices that support the development of relationships that promote safeguarding
  • lead practices that promote the rights, inclusion and well being ofchildren and young people
  • lead practice that supports children and young people to keep themselves safe

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